Hail Mary Full Of Heartbreak For Bears

Kevin White was stopped one yard short in the Bears' 38-31 loss to the Patriots.

Chris Emma
October 21, 2018 - 5:08 pm
Bears receiver Kevin White catches a Hail Mary but is tackled just short of the end zone against the Patriots.

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CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- All Bears receiver Kevin White could do in the aftermath of coming up one yard short Sunday was dream the ending was different as he and his team looked to prove themselves against the Patriots.

On the final play of his team's 38-31 loss to the Patriots at Soldier Field, White hauled in a Hail Mary heave from quarterback Mitchell Trubisky but was stopped at the 1-yard line. It went into the books as a 54-yard completion when the Bears needed it to be 55. The loss dropped Chicago to 3-3 on the season.

"It would be a different game if it's a touchdown," White said of his reception. "But those are the ones we got to have, even before that play. We definitely should've won the game."

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White realized exactly where he was after coming down with the throw from Trubisky, landing at the 2-yard line with several Patriots positioned perfectly in front of the goal line. 

White was met immediately by Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty before others converged and a scrum formed. White tried to hand the ball away to receiver Taylor Gabriel, but the play was blown dead.

"I knew it would come down to a jump ball," White said. "So, I just tried to make the best of it and make a good play.

"There was just nowhere I could go to pitch it. I just tried my best.

"A little frustrating."

The Bears were set up with a shot at the Hail Mary after the Patriots elected to punt with with 30 seconds remaining. Trubisky and the offense were given 24 seconds to go 75 yards for the tying score.

Trubisky completed a 14-yard pass to receiver Anthony Miller before spiking the ball. He then hit running back Tarik Cohen for three yards and then Gabriel for eight, which set up the Bears as their own 45-yard line with two seconds remaining.

After evading a rush on the final play, Trubisky threw with everything he had on the desperation pass. The Bears came up one yard shy, the culmination of a game they felt they could've won if not for too many mistakes.

"It's not good enough anymore to come up short," Trubisky said. "We're letting each other down, we're letting our fans down and we don't want to do that. There's a new standard and we love how coach (Matt) Nagy has set the bar high for us. We know that we can reach it and go get it every single week. We just got to get better and accept the challenge."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​​