In Week 11, the Chargers traveled to Chicago, where they fell to the Bears by a score of 31-20. The loss marked the fifth in a row for San Diego, and dropped the Chargers to 4-6 on the season.
The game was close early as the teams traded field goals then touchdowns before Jay Cutler found Kellen Davis for a 4-yard touchdown in the final seconds of the first half to give the Bears a 17-10 lead at halftime.
San Diego tied the game at 17 when Philip Rivers hit Vincent Jackson for a 5-yard score early in the third quarter, but the Bears answered with back-to-back scores of their own.
First Jay Cutler kept it himself, running 1 yard for the touchdown to give the Bears a 24-17 advantage.
On the Chargers’ next play from scrimmage, Ryan Mathews fumbled the ball and the Bears recovered at the Chargers 37-yard line.
Two plays later, Cutler hit Johnny Knox on a 24-yard touchdown completion to give Chicago a comfortable 31-17 lead. The two Bears scores came just 49 seconds apart.
San Diego would convert a field goal to open the fourth quarter, but that would be the last points either side would put on the board, making the final score 31-20.
Philip Rivers completed 21-of-31 passes for 280 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Vincent Jackson led the receiving corps with seven catches for 165 yards and one touchdown. Antonio Gates caught the other score and finished with 63 yards on four receptions. San Diego struggled running the ball, gaining just 52 yards on the ground.