After an embarrassing 29 minutes and 55 seconds of football, the Chicago Bears brought themselves back to life with a desperate heave as time expired in the first half.
The Bears had amassed just 165 yards and turned the ball over four times through two quarters of their Sunday tilt against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, putting themselves in a 17-3 hole.
Quarterback Jay Cutler was particularly terrible, connecting on just 8-of-16 passes for 74 yards and two picks—before a 50-yard, half-ending hail mary somehow got hauled in by Bears wideout Cameron Meredith for a touchdown after the ball was tipped in the end zone.
HAIL MARY ALERT!
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The chuck brought the score to 17-10 going into halftime.
Early in the third quarter, the 3-5 Bucs are beating the 2-6 Bears, 24-10.
The hail mary held up as the Bears' lone flirtation with competence. Cutler threw for 58 yards as Chicago got shut out in the second half to lose 36-10.