Missed punt, Robinson TD raises commanders on bears

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CHICAGO – Christian Holmes recovered a missed punt from Velus Jones deep in Chicago territory to set up a 1-yard touchdown by Brian Robinson midway through the fourth quarter, and Washington Commanders stopped a four-game streak back-to-back losses, hanging on to beat the Bears 12-7 on Thursday night.

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This one might not have been as ugly as the Colts-Broncos yawn that had famed play-by-play announcer Al Michaels throwing zingers and creating a buzz on social media. There were a lot of bad reads, overturned balls, overturned passes and sloppy play in general. But the dramas were not lacking either.

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The Commanders (2-4) enjoyed two turnovers after taking the ball only once in the first five games in winning for the first time since beating Jacksonville in Game 1. Jonathan Allen intercepted Justin Fields deep in Washington territory in the first half. Benjamin St-Juste stopped Darnell Mooney just outside the end zone in the final minute of the game, and the Bears (2-4) lost their third straight.

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Washington took a huge break when he threw on fourth down at his 36. Jones struggled to follow the ball, then dropped it on his arms.

Holmes got it back in a big pile at 6, and Robinson scored two plays later, making it 12-7 with 7:21 left.


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Carson Wentz knocked down Curtis Samuel in the back of the end zone on the 2-point conversion attempt, and Joey Slye missed a field goal from 48 yards left with 1:48 remaining.

Chicago’s Justin Fields then broke up a 39-yard run to the 5th. But after missing two big scoring chances in the first half, the Bears let another one slip away.

Dante Pettis couldn’t hang on to a third pass in the end zone with Darrick Forrest all over him. A leaping Darnell Mooney was knocked out of bounds by Benjamin St-Juste inches from the goal line as he attempted a pass.

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Fields completed 14 of 27 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown after setting career highs in completion rate (71.4%) and passer rating (118.8) against Minnesota on Sunday. He also ran for 88 yards.

Pettis had four catches for 84 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown.

The Bears, wearing orange jerseys and helmets, missed huge scoring chances on back-to-back possessions in the first half.

They had the ball at the Washington 5 late in the first quarter when Fields threw a laser that hit defensive tackle Efe Obada’s helmet and went flying. Jonathan Allen walked away with the interception and only the second takeaway for Washington this season.

The Bears had another big chance early in the second, when Khalil Herbert broke a tackle and ran across the field on a 64-yard run to the 6. But Fields knocked down a wide-open Ryan Griffin in the end zone and Herbert was stopped on the fourth try. at 1.

Joey Slye gave Washington a 3-0 lead when he threw a field goal in the final minute of the first half.

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