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Bears blow 13-point fourth-quarter lead in loss to Jaguars

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The Bears forgot to follow the NFL's "Play 60" slogan on Sunday.

As they try not to remain an afterthought in the city of Chicago with the Cubs three games away from their first World Series appearance since 1945, the Bears collapsed in the fourth quarter, blowing a 13-point lead as they fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 17-16, at Soldier Field.

The Bears appeared to have the game in hand with a 13-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but Blake Bortles and the Jaguars offense stormed right back with 17 unanswered points, taking the lead for the first time with under three minutes to go on a 51-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Arrelious Benn after Bears cornerback Tracy Porter slipped and fell on the Soldier Field grass.

It was another game in which the Bears were able to out-gain their opponent (389 to 317), but couldn't turn yards into points. The Bears only touchdown came in the first half when rookie running back Jordan Howard capped off a 16-play, 86-yard scoring drive with a one-yard plunge into the end zone for his first career rushing score.

Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer finished with another 300-yard-plus passing performance and zero turnovers, but he posted his lowest passer rating of the season (78.8).

After plenty of criticism for not getting wide receiver Alshon Jeffery more involved on offense, Hoyer looked Jeffery's way early and often, targeting the receiver 13 times. Jeffery finished with seven receptions for 93 yards. Second-year wide receiver Cameron Meredith continued his breakout campaign as he hauled in 11 receptions on a team-high 15 targets for 113 yards.

 

Following two-straight games against AFC South opponents, the Bears will stay in the NFC North for their next two games with the first coming on just three days rest against the Green Bay Packers Thursday night at Lambeau Field.