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However, the injury of Kansas City’s star running back Jamaal Charles early in the third quarter seemed to grossly slow down the Chiefs offense. The Chiefs were scoreless in the second half. And the Bears, coached by former Broncos Head Coach John Fox, rallied with two touchdowns near the end of the game to defeat the Chiefs 18-17.
After three and outs by both teams at the start of the game, Chiefs defensive lineman Jaye Howard sacked Bears quarterback Jay Cutler at the Chicago 18 yard line. Cutler fumbled, and a touchdown by rookie linebacker Ramik Wilson and a PAT followed to put the Chiefs ahead 7-0 with 8:25 left in the quarter.
At the conclusion of a lengthy Chicago drive, Bear Rodney Gold kicked a 44-yard field goal to make the score 7-3, and that was the score at the end of the quarter.
Following a three and out by Chicago and a 7-play Kansas City drive, Chiefs wide receiver D’Anthony Thomas scored a 19-yard touchdown, with a good PAT, to make the score 14-3 with 9:57 left in the half. Following gains by Jeremy Maclin, Charles and Travis Kelce, Cairo Santos successfully kicked a 35-yard field goal to make the score 17-3 with seconds left in the half.
Then early in the third quarter Charles injured his knee and was ruled out by officials for the remainder of the game. It was ruled a non-contact injury. Before suffering the injury, he had compiled 12 carries for 58 yards rushing. He ranks fifth in the NFL in yards from scrimmage after five weeks with 541 yards, and still ranks first among running backs in NFL history with 5.5 yards per carry. It was feared that Charles had a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee. Later it was announced Charles would have a MRI Monday. (The MRI Monday confirmed he injury.) Early in 2011 Charles suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and was out for the rest of the season.
After Charles’ injury a subsequent 27-yard field goal attempt by Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos was blocked.
Not long after that, a field goal attempt by Chicago’s Robbie Gould was good to make the score 17-6, the score at the end of the third quarter.
Then, the Bears cut the deficit to 17-12 with 3:05 to play with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Cutler to wide receiver Marquess Wilson, capping an 11-play, 88-yard drive.
Following a three and out by the Chiefs, the Bears started from their own 33 yard line with 2:04 to play. With 18 seconds left Cutler sent a 7-yard touchdown pass to star running back Matt Forte.
With two seconds left in the game, a 66-yard field goal attempt by the Chief’s Cairo Santos failed.
Final score: Bears 18, Chiefs 17.
After the loss this week, a 36-21 loss to the Bengals at Cincinnati last week, previous losses to the Packers and Broncos, and a win only against the Houston Texans, the Chiefs now stand at 1-4. They next week play the Vikings at Minneapolis. The Vikings had this week off and are 2-2 after losing 23-20 to the Denver Broncos Oct. 4.
The Bears are now 2-3 after Sunday’s win and defeating the Oakland Raiders 22-20 Oct. 4, with previous losses to the Seahawks, Cardinals and Packers. The Bears next week play the Lions at Detroit. The Lions are 0-5 after losing 42-17 to the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, with previous losses to the Seahawks, Broncos, Vikings and Chargers. The Chiefs play the Lions on Nov. 1.
Missouri’s other team, the St. Louis Rams, lost 24-10 to the Packers at Green Bay Sunday, but on Oct. 4 defeated the Cardinals 24-22 in Glendale, Ariz.
The Rams now are 2-3, with losses to Steelers and Redskins, and a 34-31 win against the Seahawks on Sept. 13.
The Rams have off next week and play the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 25. The Browns are now 2-3.