Anthony Miller's Career Day Crucial In Bears' Win

Miller hauled in a career-best nine receptions in Chicago's win in Detroit.

Chris Emma
November 28, 2019 - 6:04 pm

DETROIT (670 The Score) -- Late in the fourth quarter of their Thanksgiving Day at Ford Field, the Bears were beating themselves again.

The Bears trailed the Lions 20-17 with 5:27 remaining and faced a third-and-4 from their own 16-yard line. Center Cody Whitehair had been flagged as an illegal man downfield on first down, receiver Allen Robinson dropped a pass on second down and the Bears needed a play to be made. 

Second-year receiver Anthony Miller stepped up.

With the Bears' backs against the wall, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky threw a pass in stride to Miller for a 35-yard connection. Four plays later, Trubisky hit Miller for a 32-yard strike to the Lions' 2-yard line, which set up Trubisky's game-winning three-yard touchdown pass to running back David Montgomery.

The connection between Trubisky and Miller -- who posted career-high marks of nine receptions and 140 yards-- proved to be pivotal in the Bears' 24-20 win over the Lions on Thursday afternoon.

"They were dimes," Miller said. "The ball was where it was supposed to be, and all I had to do was make the play."

The Bears have made it a priority lately to get the ball to Miller, a second-round pick in 2018, and they've reaped the reward. Miller had six catches in each of the Bears' past two games before his career-best day Thursday.

"Anthony Miller, you are feeling him the last few weeks," coach Matt Nagy said. "He’s getting opportunities, and he is making the most of it.”

Miller, 25, had played a minimal role in the Bears' offense during the first two months of the season. He had six games with two or fewer catches and two games without a single reception.

While Robinson has been the most targeted Bears receiver this season -- with 108 targets over 12 games -- Trubisky is looking to get other weapons involved.

Miller came through with the big plays the Bears needed, then credited Trubisky with getting the ball his way.

"He was very impressive," Miller said. "He showed a lot of poise. Mitch is a guy he studies a lot, he works very hard. It doesn’t surprise me."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.