[104] August 5's practice featured Britton, Briggs, Allen, and Draughn being absent, while Jordan Mills injured his foot prior to the end of the workout. [295] Over their previous five games, the Packers had scored an average of 33.6 points, while the Bears had allowed 32 average points in their last five games. [184], The Bears opened the season at home against the Buffalo Bills, who had a record of 6–10 in 2013. [332] To take Gould's place, the Bears signed Jay Feely, who made 30 of 36 kicks in 2013 with the Arizona Cardinals. [275] On their first drive of the second half, the Bears scored their first points of the game with Cutler's ten-yard touchdown pass to Matt Forte, though the Dolphins retaliated on their next possession with Lamar Miller's two-yard touchdown run. [247] The Bears' inactives were Sherrick McManis, Ahmad Dixon, Shea McClellin, Roberto Garza, Charles Leno Jr., and Jeremiah Ratliff,[248] while Matt Slauson, D.J. NE – Rob Gronkowski 46 yard pass from Tom Brady, Stephen Gostkowski XP good, 12:42 (NE 45–7). [336] With the Saints allowing 271 rushing yards in their previous game against the Carolina Panthers and 183 rushing yards per game in the last five weeks, Jeff Joniak stressed a run-heavy offense with Matt Forte who had just 18 combined carries and 31 total yards in his last two games. (AP Photo/File), FILE - This is a 1970 file photo showing Chicago Bears player Brian Piccolo. Garoppolo would kneel once to end the game. [129] On Chicago's next drive, the offense traveled 69 yards, culminating in Jay Cutler's ten-yard touchdown pass to Zach Miller. The previous Thanksgiving game for the Bears was a 21–7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in 2004. On New England's first drive of the second half, they extended the lead to 45–7 with Brady's 46-yard touchdown pass to Gronkowski. “No one could touch this guy.”. Additionally, Smith wrote the Bears could target a running back or quarterback with mid- to late-round draft picks, such as De'Anthony Thomas and James White, and Tom Savage, respectively. CHI – Matt Forte 1 yard run, Robbie Gould XP good, 7:38 (MIA 24–14). For the Bears, their 2014 draft class figures to have a significant impact on the depth chart. In comparison, the team had only one in the first four games. [284] Terrance Mitchell, Danny McCray, Ahmad Dixon, Lance Briggs, Jon Bostic, Jordan Mills, and Charles Leno Jr. were inactive for the game. Despite Vikings' star running back Adrian Peterson being suspended for the game,[307] Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon had seven runs of 20 yards or more, and the latter averaged 5.0 yards per carry. [362], Trestman and Emery were fired on December 29. [210] In the second half, the 49ers scored on Dawson's 24-yard kick, culminating a drive that took 9:04.