The Chicago Bears have been waiting an awful long time for a big-time performance from Mitchell Trubisky, and they finally got it on Thanksgiving Day, as the quarterback completed 29 of his 38 throws for 338 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in a 24-20 win over the Detroit Lions.
Afterward, Bears head coach Matt Nagy lauded Trubisky for his outing, specifically noting a go-ahead touchdown pass he made to running back David Montgomery in the fourth quarter:
“I told him that’s what special players do right there,” Nagy said of the throw to Montgomery, according to JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago. “That was further in the progression. We were looking for a specific route and play, but he extended it and he made the decision — because right there, you basically have three points. Touchdown you win the game, but you have three so you don’t want to get in the situation where you lose that three points because you force a throw.”
It was Trubisky’s best performance of a season in which he has struggled mightily, so much so that some have called for Nagy to bench him at several points during the year.
On the 2019 campaign overall, Trubisky has thrown for 2,196 yards, 13 touchdowns and seven picks while completing 63.7 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 84.4.
“When teams play man you need your players making plays,” Nagy added. “That’s really what happened today. We had a quarterback that stepped up and made throws and gave our guys chances.”
The Bears are now 6-6 and have suddenly inched themselves back into playoff contention in the NFC. Earning a postseason berth is still a long shot, but there is no doubt Chicago has been playing better in recent weeks.