CHICAGO (CHARLOTTE SPORTS LIVE) — A 59-yard Eddie Pineiro field goal fell short in the final minutes, and the Carolina Panthers fell to the Chicago Bears 16-13 in a matchup featuring rookie quarterbacks with far different pedigrees.
The Bears were without starting quarterback Justin Fields, but backup Tyson Bagent took care of the ball, and let the Chicago defense take care of the rest. Bagent, a Division II product, completed 61 percent of his passes for 133 yards with no touchdowns, but didn’t turn the ball over and was never sacked.
The Panthers had the far-more heralded Bryce Young at quarterback, who also neither threw a touchdown or interception. The rookie out of Alabama completed 55 percent of his throws for 185 yards, and was sacked three times. It was the second straight game he failed to reach the 200-yard mark.
A 4-yard D’Onta Foreman rushing touchdown put the Bears in the lead at 16-10 just under the 4-minute mark of the third quarter.
Pineiro connected on a 39-yarder to bring the Panthers within a field goal with 11 minutes to go in the fourth.
The Panthers found the end zone first, taking a 7-0 lead via a Ihmir Smith-Marsette first-quarter punt return. After a Bears field goal, Carolina took the lead back to 7 with Pineiro’s first field goal of the night.
The Panthers only gained 43 yards on the ground, led by 23 from Chuba Hubbard.
The game featured two teams who entered with a combined three wins, and also are linked by a trade made prior to the 2023 NFL Draft. The Panthers moved to the No. 1 pick, which ended up being Young. If Carolina continues to have the league’s worst record, they would not be rewarded with another top pick, since the Bears have the right to that slot.
Defensively, two Panthers racked up double-digit tackles, Frankie Luvu (11) and Derrick Brown (10). Edge rusher Brian Brians was out with an injury.
The Panthers return to Charlotte to take on the Cowboys on Sunday, Nov. 19 (1 p.m., Fox Charlotte). The Saints lead the NFC South and are the only team with a winning record in the division.