Chicago (AFP) – Brandon Marshall caught nine passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns in the Chicago Bears’ 27-21 win over New York, sending the Giants to their first 0-6 start since 1976.
With the Giants trailing 27-21 with 5:21 left, New York got the ball at its own 15. Eli Manning drove his troops to the Chicago 36 before he tossed his NFL-leading eighth fourth-quarter interception to Tim Jennings with 1:54 remaining to seal the outcome.
“No turnovers. No sacks. It definitely helped us win,” said Bears offensive guard Kyle Long.
Chicago’s Marshall was limited to 161 yards and a score on 16 catches over his last three games.
The injury-riddled Giants were without running back David Wilson who suffered neck injury in their last game.
This was be the 49th regular season meeting between the Giants and Bears, with Chicago now holding a 28-19-2 advantage.
Another Super Bowl berth is likely a non-starter for New York.
Since the NFL changed to the current playoff format in 1990, no team has started 0-6 and made it to the post-season.
Quarterback Manning is the first player to throw 15 interceptions in the first six games of a season since Dan Fouts in 1986.
Filling in for Wilson, Brandon Jacobs ran for 106 yards and two scores on 22 carries in defeat.
“We’re all sick of losing, but we put ourselves in this position. There is only one way to get out of it,” Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said.
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