October 14, 2018 / 9:13 PM / a month ago

Sanders boots OT field goal as Dolphins down Bears

EditorsNote: Corrects a few small stat issues

Rookie Jason Sanders kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired in overtime as the host Miami Dolphins defeated the Chicago Bears 31-28 on Sunday afternoon.

Miami (4-2), playing without injured starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, snapped a two-game losing streak.

Chicago (3-2) blew leads of eight and seven points in the fourth quarter and had its three-game win streak broken.

The Bears, who have not allowed a rushing touchdown all season, appeared set to lose the game and that distinction when Kenyan Drake was stripped of the ball at the goal line by Akiem Hicks in overtime. Eddie Goldman recovered in the end zone for a touchback.

Frank Gore had carried for 47 yards on four carries in that drive but sat out third-and-goal from the 1 when he appeared to be tired.

Later in overtime, former Dolphins kicker Cody Parkey missed a 53-yard field goal, wide right, that would have won the game for Chicago.

Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky completed 22 of 31 passes for 316 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Miami quarterback Brock Osweiler, normally No. 2 on the depth chart, completed 28 of 44 passes for 380 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. It was Osweiler’s 26th career start and his first with the Dolphins.

Wide receiver Albert Wilson was Miami’s biggest playmaker with six catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns. Gore ran 15 times for 101 yards.

The Bears, scoreless at halftime and trailing 7-0, found the end zone the first three times they got the ball after intermission, taking a 21-10 lead. The touchdowns came on a 9-yard shovel pass up the middle to Trey Burton, a 12-yard slant pass to Allen Robinson and a 21-yard run by Tarik Cohen.

Miami started its comeback on Sanders’ 25-yard field goal, cutting its deficit to 21-13.

Chicago appeared to score on its next possession. But Cohen’s 3-yard reception was wiped out when Burton was called for picking a defender. On the next play, McDonald intercepted Trubisky’s pass in the end zone.

Miami capitalized on the turnover as Wilson took a short pass 43 yards for a touchdown. Osweiler then hit Kenny Stills in the back of the end zone for a two-point conversion, tying the score at 21.

The teams then traded touchdown passes. Trubisky hit Anthony Miller for 29 yards, and Osweiler found Wilson for a 75-yard catch and run.

With two minutes left in the fourth quarter and Chicago driving for a potential winning score, Cohen fumbled at the Bears’ 45. It was forced by Xavien Howard and recovered by Kiko Alonso, leading to overtime.

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