Late comeback not enough for Cowboys against Bears
Both the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys needed a win on Thursday night to prevent their playoff hopes from taking a hit, but only one was able to come out with their heads held high.
In the end, the home side Chicago recorded a 31-24 win over the Cowboys to go 7-6 up for the season.
It sent Dallas to 6-7 for the campaign, and gives the Philadelphia Eagles hope in their division at a time when it would have been most useful for the Cowboys to pull away as far as they could.
The Bears know that their season has not gone as well as planned, and their playoff intentions hit the brakes a while ago.
It is still possible to sneak in there, but they are not in full control of the situation.
However, there is scope to suggest that now the pressure has been taken off, this side are beginning to perform as we know they can.
Mitchell Trubisky looked at home once again as his side showed that they could have what it takes to make it into the postseason, as he threw three vital touchdown passes.
It is a solid turnaround, as they have now won four out of their last five, which comes after a four-game losing streak that wrecked the middle of their regular season.
The Bears are now on their way to making amends, and on Thursday it came at the expense of the Cowboys.
Dallas have gone from an impressive 3-0 start to being 6-7 down, and they have now lost seven out of their last 10 matches.
All of this should point to the Cowboys faltering before the playoffs, but the weakness of their own division means that they should yet have hope.
Trubisky’s contribution was telling, and he said after the game that “we believe in each other even when nobody else believes in us”.
After an early interception near the goal line, Trubisky shook off some initial poor play to then complete 23 out of his 31 passes to take control of the game.
For the Cowboys, they struggled when coming up against one of the best defences in all of the NFL.
To arrest this troubling slide, and with only a half game over the Eagles, they need to pick it up in Week 15.
Words: Luke Donovan