Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields had his breakout game in a Week 9 matchup against the Steelers, where he flashed his ability to step up in big moments.
Fields was poised, confident and decisive on the road in a prime-time contest against one of the NFL’s best defenses. And when the Bears needed him most, the rookie stepped up and delivered.
Trailing by six points with less than three minutes left in the game, Fields led the Bears on a 7-play, 75-yard touchdown drive, where he had some big-time throws, to give Chicago a 27-26 lead with under two minutes in the game.
While the Bears didn’t get the win, after the defense allowed the Steelers to kick the game-winning field goal before Cairo Santos missed a 65-yarder, Fields stepped up in a huge moment.
Quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator John DeFilippo was asked about Fields’ presence on the go-ahead drive against the Steelers in Week 9, and he praised Fields’ clutch performance.
“There wasn’t a doubt in anyone’s mind we were going to go down and find a way to win,” DeFilippo told reporters Monday. “You feel that energy out of him for sure.”
Bears quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo on the presence of Justin Fields leading the go-ahead drive in Pittsburgh: “There wasn’t a doubt in anyone’s mind we were going to go down and find a way to win. … You feel that energy out of him for sure.”
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As Fields is becoming more confident with each passing game, you’re starting to see that same confidence in Fields from the coaches and players. Even as he’ll continue to make some rookie mistakes — he’s only started seven games — he’s someone that you can win you football games as opposed to winning with him.