The Jets trailed 14-0 early on and while the home side battled
hard to come back, getting within five points in the fourth quarter,
the Bears were able to hold them out.
The Jets had marched into the red zone in the final minute and at
fourth and five from the nine-yard-line, quarterback Geno Smith
connected with Jeremy Kerley at the back of the end zone, but the
wide receiver failed to keep his feet in bounds.
Bears' tight end Bennett's two touchdown grabs were from quarterback
Jay Cutler, who passed for 225 yards. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery
had 105 yards from eight receptions.
Jets quarterback Smith threw for 316 yards and a touchdown but was
left to rue two interceptions.
The Bears had a fast start when Ryan Mundy intercepted Smith on just
the second play in the game, running it back 45 yards for an early
Chicago then took advantage of a muffed punt return by Jalen
Saunders that gave them superb field position for Cutler to connect
with Bennett four plays later for a seven yard score and 14-0 lead
inside the opening six minutes.
Two Nick Folk field goals for New York sandwiched a three-pointer
from Robbie Gould before Smith connected with wide receiver Jeremy
Kerley for 19 yards and a Jets touchdown to narrow the gap to 17-13
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Bennett's second touchdown early in the third period opened up a
24-13 Bears lead before two Folk field goals pulled the Jets within
five at 24-19.
Gould then extended the lead with a 45-yard field goal with three
and half minutes remaining to ensure the Jets could not come back.
(Reporting by Ben Everill in Los Angeles; Editing by Greg
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