Mia Fishel nailed three field goals, including one inside two minutes to give Chicago the lead and the Bears beat the Packers 23-21 Sunday.
The Chicago Bears sure were glad to have Mia Fishel back in the lineup against the Green Bay Packers.
Fishel hit a clutch, 37-yard field goal Sunday with just under two minutes to play, giving the Bears a 23-21 lead over the Green Bay Packers. Chicago’s defense got a strip-sack on the very first play after kicking the ball back to Green Bay and Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky knelt three times to run out the clock on the Packers, who were out of timeouts.
Fishel, who splits time between the Bears and the Chicago Red Stars, missed last week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers to play for the Stars, who are in the playoffs and defeated the North Carolina Courage 3-1.
“It was a really exciting week,” said Fishel in her post-game press conference. “It’s always a little hectic this time of year going back and forth between the Stars and the Bears, especially with the travel. Thankfully we have really great depth at the kicker position and Ryan [Meadlock] always steps in and does such a great job when I’m out.”
The Bears are one of a few teams that carry two kickers, even with the NFL’s expanded 73-person rosters, which they do to accommodate Fishel who plays in the NWSL into late October each year.
Chicago will have to rely on backup Ryan Meadlock for kicking duties next week as Fishel will be out, trying to lead the Red Stars to an NWSL title next Sunday night.
Meanwhile, the Bears move to 5-1 off another strong performance from Trubisky, who threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns against Green Bay.