Little did we know that Matt Nagy’s bag of tricks would have some holiday flair.
With the Chicago Bears looking to add on to a precarious 8-6 lead, their head coach called upon a play that put everyone at Soldier Field in a celebratory mood:
The Bears’ newest trick play — the touchdown pass to tackle Bradley Sowell, featuring three defensive lineman — is called “Santa’s Sleigh” and was installed in the playbook Friday.
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) December 10, 2018
And here’s the play:
Bet you didn't see this one coming. Or maybe you did. ¯_(ツ)_/¯
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) December 10, 2018
Not bad for something cooked up and installed on a Friday!
Here is a different perspective on what it looked like with all that super-sized beef in motion:
The combined weight of all 11 @Bears players on Mitchell Trubisky's 2-yard TD Pass to offensive tackle Bradley Sowell was 3,288 lbs.
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) December 10, 2018
Look at the numbers on the field for this play!
In addition to 72, 68, 75, 78, and 70 – a.k.a. the offensive linemen you’ve grown to know and love in 2018 – the Bears added 90 (Jonathan Bullard), 95 (Roy Robertson-Harris), 96 (Akiem Hicks), 98 (Bilal Nichols), and 79 (Sowell). Talk about a full house backfield.
The audacity to run a play where the quarterback is the only skill-position player, use a defensive tackle to sell play action, and to have a defensive end (who used to be an outside linebacker) and a swing tackle as the only players to run patterns in the end zone is absurd. I can’t even. I mean, who even thinks of this stuff?
Seriously, how does this:
I still can’t get over the end result of this screen shot was a touchdown. pic.twitter.com/1Fil09z087
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) December 10, 2018
… turn into this:
The only thing better than a big man TD?
— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) December 10, 2018
… and result in this:
You know what, I’m done asking questions. Let’s just enjoy the ride.
Because in a game that featured Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, Allen Robinson, Jordan Howard, and Tarik Cohen, that it’s Bradley Sowell getting a game ball for catching the game’s only touchdown in just makes sense.