NFL: Muffed punt, Brian Robinson TD lift Commanders over Bears

Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr. runs for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears.
Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr. runs for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the second half on Thursday in Chicago.
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Christian Holmes recovered a muffed punt by Velus Jones deep in Chicago territory to set up a one-yard touchdown run by Brian Robinson midway through the fourth quarter, and the Washington Commanders ended a four-game losing streak, hanging on to beat the Bears 12-7 Thursday night.

This one might not have been quite as ugly as the Colts-Broncos yawner that had famed play-by-play announcer Al Michaels launching zingers and creating a buzz on social media. There were plenty of bad reads, tipped balls, overthrown passes and sloppy play in general. But there was also no shortage of drama down the stretch.

The Commanders (2-4) did just enough to come away with their first win since beating Jacksonville in the opener and handed the Bears (2-4) their third straight loss.


Washington caught a huge break when it punted on fourth down at its 36. Jones had trouble tracking the ball, then let it hit off his arms.

Holmes recovered it in a big pile at the six, and Robinson scored two plays later, making it 12-7 with 7:21 remaining.

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Carson Wentz overthrew Curtis Samuel in the back of the end zone on the two-point conversion attempt, and Joey Slye missed a 48-yard field-goal attempt wide left with 1:48 remaining.

Chicago’s Justin Fields then broke off a 39-yard run to the five. But after blowing two big scoring chances in the first half, the Bears let another slip away.

Dante Pettis was unable to hang onto a third-down pass in the end zone with Darrick Forrest all over him. A leaping Darnell Mooney got knocked out of bounds by Benjamin St-Juste inches shy of the goal line as he hauled in a pass.