No, wait, that was supposed to be the Bears’ “Miracle at the Meadowlands.’’
Everything was all set after everyone looked totally and embarrassingly lost.
Down 10 points with 1 minute, 49 seconds remaining in regulation and one timeout, the Bears mounted a drive that produced a field goal, one of the two scores they needed.
Then, miraculously, they recovered the onside kick with 1:13 remaining because Odell Beckham Jr. screwed up or turned into a scaredy cat.
And then, miraculously, after the Giants were called for pass interference in the end zone on Allen Robinson to give the Bears first-and-goal with three seconds left, Daniel handed off to Trey Burton, who tossed to the reversing Cohen, who straightened up and hit Anthony Miller in the end zone for the tying score.
And then the Bears surrendered a field goal in overtime and fumbled three times on their only overtime possession. Pffft. Nothing. Done. Go home.
And so, the 30-27 loss ended as ugly as it started, and what it all came down to was the Bears gagged against a team that came in 3-8.
They gagged a chance to move closer to a playoff bye after the Saints lost Thursday.
They gagged a chance to strengthen their hold on first place in the NFC North.
They gagged early and often, like, on the opening kickoff and first possession.
This was ugly with a capital UGH. Taquan Mizzell, whose presence the roster, forget about the field, remains inexplicable, screwed up the opening kickoff and was forced to run it out but reached only the 15. Then Jordan Howard showed he still can’t run. And then Daniel threw a pick-six to Alec Ogletree to give the Giants a 7-0 lead just 46 seconds into the game.
Jeez, was Jeremy Colliton named coach of the Bears?
No matter how much Daniel tried to sabotage things, the Bears tied it several agonizing drives later on a 2-yard pass to Adam Shaheen and took a 14-7 lead after another Daniel pick when Akiem Hicks scored a fat guy TD like he was William “The Refrigerator’’ Perry.
That’s the way the Bears should’ve gone into halftime. But coach Matt Nagy got cute with a timeout and all it did was ignite the Giants, who ripped off a big gain and then kicked a goal to make it 14-10 before halftime. The Giants seemed to ride the momentum into the second half to put up TDs by Beckham, one he caught and one he threw. Don’t ask.
Then the Bears face-planted the “Miracle,’’ and so, we’re left to conclude they were swallowed by a classic trap game.
Not that this Bears bunch had reason to look ahead, no matter the 8-3 record and the five straight wins entering Sunday’s game, but you could see it happening, as inexplicable as it would be for a team that has watched the playoffs the same way you have for the last decade or so.
You could see it happening because it happened earlier this season. They lost on the road in overtime to a Dolphins team quarterbacked by Brock Freakin’ Osweiler with the Patriotslooming a week later at Soldier Field. Here, they lost on the road to a Giants team quarterbacked by Eli Creaky Manning with the Rams looming a week later at Soldier Field.
This was a bad loss. The Bears blew a great spot. They showed they hadn’t learned from mistakes earlier in the season.
It was pretty simple: All they needed Sunday in the Meadowlands was to get out with a win and get healthy.
At least they’re healthy.
Hopefully they’ll get smarter.