NFL playoff picture: Matt Nagy, Bears’ growth shows in surge vs. Jaguars

The Bears’ 41-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday turned on a smart decision by coach Matt Nagy. 

Facing a fourth-and-five on the Jaguars’ 36-yard line, Nagy kept his offense on the field instead of surrendering with a punt or trying a long field goal. The Bears led, 13-10, at the time but were inspiring more angry tweets than they were postseason hope from folks watching on TV and at TIAA Bank Stadium.

But Bears players regrouped at halftime and came into the third quarter with a mindset – and coaching strategy – they’ve missed for most of 2020. And Nagy’s aggressive go-for-it decision followed that mindset. 

“We were just in go mode. We’ve just got to go. We’ve got to attack,” running back David Montgomery said. “We’ve got to put our foot on the gas. We came out slow. In the first half we played real slow and it hasn’t been how we’ve been playing for the past couple of weeks. So we went into the locker room and we focused on accountability from the standpoint of it all, holding each other accountable. You could see when we came out in the second half we started attacking.”

Mitch Trubisky completed a pass to Allen Robinson to convert the fourth down. A few plays later, Robinson picked up another first down on a third-and-three reception. And two plays after that, Trubisky rolled to his right and took a clear…

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