Bears' Nagy Takes Responsibility For Costly Timeout

Matt Nagy's decision allowed the Giants to hit a field goal that proved crucial later.

Chris Emma
December 02, 2018 - 5:30 pm
Bears coach Matt Nagy

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (670 The Score) -- Matt Nagy is a gambling man, which has been quite clear in rookie season as the Bears' head coach. But in an eventual 30-27 overtime loss to the Giants on Sunday, he made a bet that proved costly in the end.

With 17 seconds remaining in the second quarter and the Giants facing third-and-23 from their own 30, Nagy called a timeout instead of letting New York run out the clock on the first half. It backfired, as Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley broke off a 22-year run that set up coach Pat Shurmur to be aggressive.

On fourth down, Giants quarterback Eli Manning then hit tight end Rhett Ellison for a nine-yard gain that brought New York into field goal range, where kicker Aldrick Rosas hit a 57-yard field goal at the end of the half. 

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While the Bears still led 14-10 at halftime, the sequence proved to be a pivotal swing as the Giants reeled off 17 straight points and ultimately won the game by that three-point difference. Nagy was questioned about his decision following the loss and put the blame on himself on a day that plenty went wrong for the Bears.

"You look back and there's an opportunity there the play before where it's third-and-long and you get an opportunity to go after them with the punt block team," Nagy said. "And they got a lot of yards on that next down and distances. And then the following play there are six seconds left and they end up catching the ball and getting out of bounds for another eight yards. That's a crucial eight yards. So, I take responsibility for that."

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