Quarterback AJ McCarron threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to tight end Keith Towbridge with 13 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, and the Buffalo Bills erased a 24-point deficit en route to a 28-27 win over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night at Soldier Field.
McCarron’s late heroics provided a bright spot on an otherwise forgettable performance. He finished 13 of 34 for 156 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions while playing the entire game under center for the Bills.
Bears third-string quarterback Tyler Bray, who is competing for a roster spot behind Mitchell Trubisky and Chase Daniel, finished 19 of 29 for 180 yards and an interception.
Chicago built a 20-0 halftime lead behind a defensive touchdown by Doran Grant (33-yard interception return), a 32-yard rushing score by Ryan Nall, and a pair of field goals by Cody Parkey.
By the end of the third quarter, the Bears pushed the lead to 27-3 after a 1-yard touchdown run by Knile Davis.
McCarron spearheaded Buffalo’s comeback. He rushed for a 5-yard score with 14:20 remaining and connected on a 24-yard touchdown pass to Robert Foster less than five minutes later. A 6-yard touchdown pass from McCarron to Malachi Dupre cut the deficit to 27-22 with 3:34 to play and set the stage for the finishing score from McCarron to Towbridge.
—Field Level Media