CHICAGO (AP) — It was ugly and sloppy

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— and it was also a win for Los Angeles. That’s what mattered most to Philip Rivers and the Chargers.Chicago kicker Eddy Pineiro missed a 41-yard field goal as time expired and Los Angeles hung on to beat the Bears 17-16 on Sunday.“We just needed a win Womens Adrian Phillips Jersey , any way — 35-0, 2-0, 3-2 or 17-16,” Rivers said. “It’s just good to win.”Article continues below ...The Bears (3-4) took over at their 35 with 1:33 remaining and had a chance to win it after driving all the way to the 21. Chicago had quarterback Mitchell Trubisky take a knee with about 40 seconds left rather than try to get closer to the goal line because coach Matt Nagy didn’t want to risk a fumble. And Pineiro, who hit an upright on a miss earlier, drove the potential winner wide left as time expired.“I hit the ball as best I could and tried to play the wind a little bit. I just didn’t make it,” he said.The miss allowed the Chargers (3-5) to snap a three-game losing streak and avoid their first 0-4 October since 2000, while the Bears (3-4) dropped their third in a row. Los Angeles also picked up its first victory in seven road games all-time against Chicago and its first win at Soldier Field after losing four.Rivers threw an 11-yard touchdown to Austin Ekeler in the fourth quarter to put the Chargers on top with just over eight minutes left after Melvin Ingram III recovered a fumble by Trubisky in Chicago territory.Rivers was 19 of 29 for 201 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Melvin Gordon ran for a score. Joey Bosa had two of Los Angeles’ four sacks Drew Kaser Jersey , and the Chargers picked up their first victory since Sept 29 at Miami after losing three by seven points or fewer.Rookie David Montgomery ran for a career-high 135 yards and one touchdown, after Chicago set a franchise low with seven rushing attempts the previous week against New Orleans.Trubisky completed 23 of 35 passes for 253 yards an interception and a lost fumble that led to the go-ahead touchdown. The Bears also came away with just one touchdown and three field goals in five trips inside the 20. And the Chargers sensed they were rattling Trubisky.“Yes sir, yes sir,” Ingram said. “You could feel it all game. We’re going to rush no matter what’s going on. We’re going to keep rushing, keep rushing, and sooner or later we’re going to get there. We had a couple sacks today, and that’s what it’s all about. It’s not about just sacks. It’s about him feeling us, and I felt like he felt our presence today.”DOWN THE STRETCHMontgomery capped a 75-yard touchdown drive to start the second half when he ran it in from the 4 following a 31-yard reception by Allen Robinson, stretching Chicago’s lead to 16-7. The Chargers then drove to the 2 , but settled for a 20-yard field goal by Chase McLaughlin after Ekeler got stopped on third down.They missed another huge opportunity after Casey Hayward Jr. returned an interception 37 yards to the 20 early in the fourth. Keenan Allen dropped a 24-yard pass in the end zone on third down and McLaughlin missed the field goal.But Trubisky lost a fumble that Ingram — back after missing three games with a hamstring injury — recovered for Los Angeles. The Chargers took over on the Bears’ 26, and grabbed a 17-16 lead on the touchdown catch by Ekeler, who ducked under Danny Trevathan before crossing the goal line.“We were just trying to show heavy play action and come through the line, try to spread out free, hopefully they get caught down inside the line,” Ekeler said, “And it ended up happening like that. Got in space and then used my leverage to my advantage, got underneath the guy and got in the end zone.”FOR KICKSNagy insisted he has “ultimate faith” and “ultimate trust” in Pineiro.“He’s going to be the first one to tell you that he wants to come back out here and he wants another opportunity at that shot, at that kick Womens Joe Barksdale Jersey ,” he said. “So that’s all we can do is next time he gets that chance, he puts it right down the middle.”The kicking position was a huge sticking point for Chicago last season, when Cody Parkey struggled. They won the NFC North at 12-4, only to lose the wild-card game to Philadelphia at Soldier Field when his attempt in the closing seconds missed off the upright and crossbar.INJURIESChargers: LT Russell Okung made his debut after being sidelined by pulmonary embolism caused by blood clots, then exited with a calf injury that he thinks is minor. He said he thinks he will practice this week.The Chargers were without starting DLs Brandon Mebane (knee) and Justin Jones (shoulder).Bears: LB Isaiah Irving left in the second quarter with a quad injury.UP NEXTChargers: Host Green Bay next Sunday.Bears: Visit Philadelphia next Sunday.Los Angeles Chargers: Chapter 1 If Sunday was to be the opening chapter of the Chargers Super Bowl season, it might have caught most of us by surprise. Especially after reading the prologue, which only gushed about how the Chargers had finished last season strong and had greatly improved their team during the offseason. You expected the first chapter to be one filled with tales of our hero dominating his foe. Instead, the first sentence was, “The Chargers appeared to be stuck in cement shoes as they bumbled and stumbled in a vain attempt to tackle their adversary. They never got within an arm’s reach of Hill as he zipped by them to their amazement.”This chapter could very well be titled Casey Hayward Jersey , “Chargers’ gaffs cost them the day.” And in the chapter, you could go on to read these snippets.Jahleel Addae recklessly plunged ahead with the intent to harm his opponent but was left grasping at air as the weight of his foolish angle sunk in and his foe scampered towards 6 points.Travis Benjamin cradled his arms in anticipation of the high flying baby to settle gently into them, but as the football slipped between his elbows, he was reminded of those words his coach used to say, “Catch with your hands, Travis. Catch with your hands.”The gunslinger ignoring the fact that this play was taking too long and thus becoming too dangerous zipped a football into a crowd intent on making up lost ground but ended up giving away a good chance at putting points on the board.Kyle Emmanuel saw the floating object in the sky and became enamored by it. He forgot all about his coverage and stopped and leaped into the air after the object to only see it float over his fingers and into the opponent’s arms who was standing right where Kyle would have been if he had not stopped running.JJ Jones so focused on making a big play forgot the first and second rule of being a punt returner. 1. Secure the football. 2. Make sure you did the first rule.Caleb Sturgis felt the pressure. This kick would not only bring his team within distance to tie the game, but it would also bring him a feeling of acceptance with his new club. It was the weight of that pressure that threw off his balance causing the kick to sail wide left.Seven sentences. Seven plays that turned the Chargers’ Sunday into a loss. But every great story is sprinkled with some adversity, right? Does Luke Skywalker give up after OB1 dies? No, he goes on to blow up the freaking Death Star. If this is to be an epic tale than Chapter 1 was destined to bring some adversity. And like any good story , there was hope to be found in Sunday’s mistake-ridden loss. The Chargers actually played fairly well on offense minus an interception and some dropped passes. The rushing game produced 123 yards and averaged 5.6 per carry. The passing game produced 424 yards of offense and 3 TDs. They owned the advantage in time of possession by 9 minutes and outgained the Chiefs 541 yards to 362 yards. And keep in mind that 28 points is usually going to win you a game on Sunday.The defense overall did a fair job against what is one of the better offenses in the league. The held Kareem Hunt and Kansas City running game to 106 yards and a 3.9 average per carry.If there was another villain in this story besides Tyreek Hill, it was the Charger’s special teams, which was responsible for a 17 point swing. They surrendered the punt return for 7 points, fumbled on the 6-yard line which led to 7 points and missed a field goal wide left leaving 3 points on the field. Those 17 points were the difference in the game.So, where do we find our hero at the end of this 1st chapter? Is he hopeless or just beaten and bruised and a little more aware of some things that can be fixed? I would tend to think the latter. The dropped passes were uncharacteristic. The special teams coverage can be fixed. The fumble was a lack of focus when it counted most. It’s time to look deep inside and find that hero’s heart because that is what comes next in every hero’s journey.I expect chapter two to feature a comeback for our hero. Until then, look for hope and Bolt Up!
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