Sunday, December 4, 2011
Third-quarter wrap: Chiefs 10, Bears 3
By Michael C. Wright
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears continued their ineptitude on offense by starting the second half with yet another three-and-out possession, while the Kansas City Chiefs tacked on an additional three points to extend their lead to 10-3 after three quarters.
The Bears mounted what appeared to be a promising drive when third-team running back Kahlil Bell carried twice for 31 yards late in the quarter to get his team down to the Kansas City 7. But quarterback Caleb Hanie absorbed sacks on back-to-back plays for 16 yards in losses.
The Bears looked to salvage the drive with a field goal, but even that unraveled when Robbie Gould pushed a 41-yard field goal attempt wide left with 23 seconds left in the quarter.
Taking the kickoff to start the second half, the Bears moved the ball 3 yards in three plays before punting to the Kansas City 11.
From there, the Chiefs took possession and chewed up seven minutes and 10 seconds in driving 86 yards in 15 plays. Ryan Succop connected on a 21-yard chip shot to make the score 10-3 with 7:10 left in the quarter.
On the first play of the ensuing possession, Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie tossed his first interception of the contest to Brandon Carr on a deep pass intended for Johnny Knox. After Hanie's errant toss, he'd completed just 5 of 13 for 53 yards and a passer rating of 19.1.
Chicago's three-and-out ways on offense resulted in Kansas City taking a decided advantage in time of possession (24:52 to 20:02).