David Montgomery on fateful pick: ‘I could have caught it’

Bears running back David Montgomery (32) scores on a two-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the Bears’ 27-24 loss to the Falcons on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

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Running back David Montgomery didn’t have anything to say after the Bears’ 27-24 loss to the Falcons on Sunday, and didn’t add much Monday on the fateful final offensive play — a too-high Justin Fields pass that Montgomery had to leap for, but went off his hands and was intercepted by Falcons safety Jaylinn Hawkins with 1:07 left in the game. 

“It was a ball, it hit my hands,” Montgomery said. “I could have come down and caught it. Didn’t catch it and they intercepted it.” 

That lament has been all too familiar for the Bears, who have lost four consecutive games — the last three by three, one and three points because of offensive failures in the fourth quarter — to fall to 3-8.

Every mistake seems to burn them in those late-game moments. On the play before the interception, Fields ran up the middle and was hit by defensive lineman Grady Jarrett after he slid — aggravating a shoulder injury that has put his status for Sunday’s game against the Jets in jeopardy. 

“That was a mistake,” coach Matt Eberflus said Monday. “That was supposed to be a halfback draw. He [Fields] was supposed to hand it off. That was supposed to be D-Mo [Montgomery] going up the middle.”

Eberflus said it was a miscommunication between Fields and Montgomery. That happens, but winning teams make those mistakes in the first quarter, when there’s time to make up for …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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