Justin Fields leads Bears to victory over Bills in preseason finale

, the rookie of the , delivered a stellar in the finale against the on Saturday. He completed 15 of 20 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Bears to a 31-17 win at Soldier Field.

Fields, who was drafted by the Bears with the 11th overall pick in the 2021 Draft, started the as the Bears rested most of their starters for the regular season opener. He showed poise, accuracy, and mobility as he orchestrated four scoring drives in the first half.

Fields connected with tight end Jesper Horsted for both of his touchdown passes. The first one was a 13-yard strike in the first quarter that capped off an 80-yard drive. The second one was a spectacular 54-yard bomb in the second quarter that saw Horsted make a one-handed catch and outrun two defenders.

Fields also displayed his running ability as he scrambled for 38 yards on four carries. He avoided sacks and extended plays with his legs. He also did not commit any turnovers or take any hits.

Fields exited the game at halftime with a 24-3 lead. He received a standing ovation from the crowd as he walked off the field. He was replaced by Nick Foles, who threw for 142 yards and a touchdown in the second half.

Fields impressed not only the and coaches, but also his teammates and opponents. Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney praised Fields for his leadership and confidence. Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes complimented Fields for his arm strength and poise.

Fields finished the preseason with a 69.2% completion rate, 389 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown, no interceptions, and a 106.7 passer rating. He also rushed for 92 yards on nine attempts.

Fields is expected to begin the regular season as the backup to veteran Andy Dalton, who was named the starter by head coach Matt Nagy. However, Fields has made a strong case for himself to be the franchise quarterback of the Bears.


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