The Bears then had a big opportunity after the Titans' LeShaun Sims got called for a 45-yard pass-interference penalty.
Short-term, though, him serving as a functional quarterback will allow the Bears to evaluate their spate of young players: tight ends Daniel Brown and Ben Braunecker, receiver Marquess Wilson running back Jordan Howard - and even the offensive line.
But the Titans hung on - something Derrick Morgan says wouldn't have happened in previous seasons. All they have to do is perform in a winnable game.
The Titans move to 6-6 heading into the bye week. The drive ended up stalling out at the end, as Logan Paulsen couldn't convert on a play-action pass on fourth down.
The Chicago Bears were just a couple dropped passes away from claiming an unprecedented comeback win in Week 12 against the Tennessee Titans.
"Like I said, a lot of these games are like a whitewater". "But that doesn't matter if we don't win games".
From the Bears' shorthanded perspective, they had a taller task than most would expect from an National Football League team on any given Sunday.
Matt Barkley-to-Bellamy would have been the answer that settled some discussion in a Wicker Park bar years from now, maybe when the Bears are relevant again. We're excited to see what he does with us in another week. Matt understands the game plan this week. "That was the first time we ever came out and performed like that". "I think it's a testament to him and all the work he's put in". You saw what Chicago was missing in his sparkling and deft touch on passes downfield to Titans receivers. He tried to body catch the ball instead of using his hands, and the ball bounced off his chest. He would have done better if he had been throwing to Allstate insurance agents.