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Bears at Broncos: Third quarter recap

The Denver Broncos are down 13-3 to start the fourth quarter. They will need a comeback to beat the Chicago Bears at home.

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Since the Denver Broncos received the opening kickoff, the Chicago Bears got the ball first to start the second half up 6-3 over the home team.

Chicago Drive #6: A hands to the face penalty on the Bears to open things up set them back to a 1st and 20, but David Montgomery got some of those yards back on the next play with a six yard gain. Then another defensive holding call on Derek Wolfe kept things going for Chicago with the automatic first down.

Tarik Cohen tried to get to the edge, but was pushed out of bounds for no gain. Another holding penalty by the Bears set them back again.

Kareem Jackson almost intercepted a screen pass that would have been a pick six on the next play. Then a screen pass to Cohen went awry when he bounced back inside running ten yards backward for a huge loss.

On third down and 29 from their own eight yard line, Trubisky throws a short pass underneath too his tight end to bring out the punt unit.

Denver Drive #7: A nice play design faked to Diontae Spencer on the jet sweep instead went to Phillip Lindsay who broke through behind a solid block by Elijah Wilkinson for nine yards on first down. Lindsay would pick up the first down on the next carry.

Joe Flacco hit Jeff Heuerman on the next play for seven yards on first down. Noah Fant snagged his first reception on the next play for four yards and first down.

From the empty set, Flacco hit Lindsay on a quick out, but Leonard Floyd was right there to stop him for no gain. On second and 10, Flacco went down the middle to Emmanuel Sanders for a 21-yard gain into Bears territory.

Royce Freeman was stopped for negative three on the very next play though. Flacco returned to the shotgun, handing off to Lindsay who had nowhere to go, but somehow fought his way for a one yard pick up.

On third and 12, Flacco threw an incomplete pass down the field, but it wouldn’t have mattered since Garett Bolles was there to tackle another defensive end with in pass protection.

Chicago Drive #7: A 12-yard run from David Montgomery set up an end around by Cordarrelle Patterson for 46-yards and it looked like the Bears were gearing up to put this game away for good.

The Broncos defense folded from there as the Bear quickly put the first touchdown of the game on the board. Despite holding on one goal line stand and setting up a second 3rd and goal, the Broncos defense couldn’t muster the stop.

Bears 13, Broncos 3.

Denver Drive #8: Noah Fant broke free wide open down field to midfield on the very first play for the Broncos. Emmanuel Sanders snagged a ball underneath that he turned upfield for a 12 yard gain on the very next play as Joe Flacco looked good to start this possession.

He hit Jeff Heuerman on the next throw for another eight yards to end the third quarter.