In what was supposed to be the first marquis matchup on Thursday Night Football, Week 5’s matchup between the Bears and the Buccanneers ended up being one of the scrappiest, lowest-scoring games of the season.
Chicago was able to clinch a 20-19 win thanks to a 38-yard field goal by Cairo Santos with 1:13 left to play.
The second half of play felt more like a penalty shootout in soccer than a football game, with both kickers taking turns giving their team the lead. And the difference in this one was that the Bears got the last kick, as Tom Brady’s pass on fourth down on the final drive was broken up.
Tampa Bay jumped out to the early lead in the first quarter, with Ryan Succop nailing a 39-yard field goal on the opening drive. A couple possessions later, Brady led a drive that ended with a slant pass in the end zone to Mike Evans on third and goal, giving the Buccaneers a 10-0 lead. Succop hit a 35-yard field goal to give them a 13-0 lead with 7:03 to play in the opening half.
The Bears hadn’t been able to get much going up to that point, but on the ensuing possesion Foles was finally able to lead a TD drive capped off by a 3-yard run by David Montgomery. That made it a one-score game with 1:48 to play in the second quarter.
A few plays later, Kyle Fuller forced a fumble and Chicago recovered at the Tampa Bay 27-yard line. Foles was then able to hit Jimmy Graham in the back of the end zone for a 12-yard TD to give the Bears a 14-13 lead before halftime.
Brady and the Bucs’ offensive line struggled to deal with the Bears’ pressure throughout the game, giving up three sacks and a ton of penalties. Brady finished with a so-so line of 25-of-41 passing for 253 yards and a TD.
Foles may not have looked as flashy as he did during the Eagles’ Super Bowl run in 2018, but he was competent enough to get the job done down the stretch. He finished the game completing 30-of-42 passes for 243 yards, a TD and an interception.
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11:33 p.m. — FINAL: Chicago 20, Tampa Bay 19. Brady’s pass on fourth down is broken up and that’ll do it.
11:28 p.m. — Cairo Santos hits the 38-yard field goal and the Bears take the lead, 20-19, with 1:13 to play.
11:26 p.m. — Tampa Bay uses its last time out as Foles’ completion to Robinson is short and it’s fourth down.
11:24 p.m. — Foles floats one perfectly to Montgomery for a big first down and now the Bears are in the red zone.
11:22 p.m. — Tampa Bay uses its first time out for an injury. Chicago has it, second and 11 at the Bucs’ 42-yard line, 1:50 remaining.
11:16 p.m. — 2-minute warning. Chicago has it, second and 9 at its own 49-yard line.
11:14 p.m. — Back-to-back incompletions from Brady and the Bucs have to punt.. Bears get the ball back at their 48-yard line, 2:21 left to play.
11:12 p.m. — Ndamukong Suh gets enough pressure on Foles to force an incompletion on third down and the Bears have to punt. Tampa Bay takes over at its own 14-yard line, 2:48 remaining.
11:02 p.m. — A nice completion on fourth and long from Brady to Rob Gronkowski sets up a 25-yard field goal and Succop hits it. Tampa Bay leads 19-17 with 4:49 remaining.
Here’s Brady and Gronk hooking up for a big play earlier in the drive.
10:53 p.m. — Bears had a good drive and got into the red zone, but a big loss on first down and a false start penalty backs them up. Cairo Santos is able to connect from 47 yards out though and Chicago takes a 17-16 lead with 10:34 to play.
10:43 p.m. — End of 3Q: Tampa Bay 16, Chicago 14. Bears have the ball, second and 6 at their own 47 to start the fourth quarter.
10:37 p.m. — Brady is not happy after an ugly possession littered with penalties ends in a punt. Chicago gets the ball back at its own 12-yard line, 2:47 left in the third quarter.
10:27 p.m. — The Bucs are sending heavy pressure towards Nick Foles as the Bears go three and out. After a block in the back during the kick by Chicago, Tampa Bay gets the ball at the 50-yard line, 7:16 left in the third quarter.
10:19 p.m. — Big gain for Tampa Bay as Ronald Jones gets 37 yards on the first play of the drive. But a Khalil Mack sack and a block in the back penalty stalls out the drive. Succop hits a 46-yard field goal and now the Bucs lead, 16-14 with 9:04 left in the third quarter.
10:12 p.m. — Chicago goes three and out to start the half and the Bucs take over at their own 32-yard line with 12:15 remaining in the third quarter.
10:08 p.m. — Bears get the ball to start the second half. Patterson returns it 39 yards to the 31-yard line.
9:53 p.m. — HALF: Chicago 14, Tampa Bay 13.
9:51 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN BEARS. Foles finds Jimmy Graham, who hauls it down with one hand in the back corner of the end zone. Chicago leads 14-13 with 36 seconds left in the first half.
9:47 p.m. — After the review, it’s ruled that the Bucs fumbled after a huge hit by Kyle Fuller. Bears have the ball at the Tampa Bay 27-yard line with 1:31 to play in the half and two timeouts.
9:39 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN BEARS . David Montgomery punches it in from 3 yards out. The Bucs lead 13-7 with 1:48 left in the first half.
9:35 p.m. — A 25-yard completion on a swing pass from Foles to Patterson sets up a first and goal at the 3-yard line as we hit the 2-minute warning.
9:25 p.m. — The Bucs move the ball down field but stall out in the red zone. Succop hits a 35-yard field goal and Tampa Bay leads 13-0 with 7:03 left in the second half.
9:17 p.m. — The Bucs go for it on fourth down and 1 inside their own 20-yard line, and Brady converts on a QB sneak. Bold move but it pays off.
9:10 p.m. — Foles misses a couple of throws and the Bears stall out. Tampa Bay takes over at its own 9-yard line with 13:59 left in the first half.
9:05 p.m. — End of 1Q: Tampa Bay 10, Chicago 0. Bears have the ball, first and 10 at their own 48-yard line to start the second quarter.
9:02 p.m. — Cordarrelle Patterson gets a nice 46-yard return and the Bears start this drive in solid field position.
9:00 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN BUCS. Brady hits Mike Evans on a slant into the end zone on third and goal. Tampa Bay leads 10-0 with 56 seconds left in the first quarter.
8:51 p.m. — Foles converts a couple of first downs, but gets greedy as he tries to hit Robinson one-on-one on the outside. Robinson tips the ball up and Carlton Davis picks it off. Tampa Bay has the ball back at midfield with 3:27 left in the first quarter.
8:45 p.m. — The Buccaneers go three and out. Chicago gets the ball back at its own 25-yard line with 5:39 to play in the first quarter.
8:40 p.m. — Foles misses a wide open Allen Robinson on third and short and the Bears punt on their first drive. Tampa Bay takes over at its own 14-yard line, 7:07 left in the first quarter.
8:34 p.m. — Brady can’t quite connect with tight end Tanner Hudson, overthrowing him in the end zone once and then Hudson dropping a pass on third down. Tampa Bay settles for a 39-yard field goal and Ryan Succop connects. Bucs lead 3-0 with 9:48 left in the first quarter.
8:25 p.m. — Chicago gets things kicked off and Tom Brady will lead the Bucaneers out for the first drive.
‘Thursday Night Football’ start time
- Date : Thursday, Oct. 8
- Kickoff time : 8:20 p.m. ET
All Thursday night games throughout the 2020 NFL season will start at 8:20 p.m. ET, now with more TV options thanks to the addition of Fox to the broadcast in Week 5.
This will be Tom Brady’s first prime-time game as a member of the Buccaneers after spending the entirety of his NFL career prior to 2020 with the Patriots. The Bears will also be in prime time for the first time this season. Brady and the Bucs return to prime time in a big way starting in Week 7, with three straight weeks of games under the lights.
NFL Week 5 schedule
Below is the complete schedule for Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season.
Thursday, Oct. 8
|Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|Buccaneers at Bears||8:20 p.m.||Fox, NFL Network, fuboTV|
Sunday, Oct. 11
|Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|Rams at WFT||1 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Eagles at Steelers||1 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Cardinals at Jets||1 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Raiders at Chiefs||1 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Jaguars at Texans||1 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Bengals at Ravens||1 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Panthers at Falcons||1 p.m.||FOX, fuboTV|
|Dolphins at 49ers||4:05 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Giants at Cowboys||4:25 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Colts at Browns||4:25 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Vikings at Seahawks||8:20 p.m.||NBC, fuboTV|
Monday, Oct. 12
|Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|Chargers at Saints||8:15 p.m.||ESPN, fuboTV|
|Broncos at Patriots||5 p.m.||ESPN, fuboTV|
Tuesday, Oct. 13
|Bills at Titans||7 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|