Bad Beat: Bears nearly cover vs. Saints in final seconds after Jimmy Graham touchdown

Ryan Young
·2 min read

Jimmy Graham hauled in an incredible touchdown grab as time expired in the Chicago Bears’ 21-9 wild-card loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon, something that undoubtedly had countless bettors sweating.

Yet as Chicago didn’t try for an extra point — BetMGM had the Saints as 11-point favorites headed into the contest — New Orleans won the game by just 12.

That’s the ultimate bad beat for those unfortunate enough to have had the Bears covering.

Graham sprints off field after TD grab

Graham somehow brought in a one-handed 19-yard grab in the end zone right as the clock hit zero at the Superdome on Sunday, and then immediately sprinted off of the field and into the locker room.

His quick departure makes sense. The Bears had already lost regardless of whether or not Graham had scored — which is exactly why the team opted not to kick the extra point.

That decision, though, resulted in the team losing by 12.

Graham finished with 25 yards and two receptions. His touchdown was the only one that quarterback Mitchell Trubisky could muster throughout the contest, too, as he threw for just 199 yards.

Though the loss was tough enough for Bears fans, it was even tougher for those who had them covering. And with no game on the horizon for Chicago until the fall, this season-ending bad beat will likely sting for quite some time.

Jimmy Graham of the Chicago Bears
Jimmy Graham hauled in an impressive one-handed touchdown at the end of Sunday's game to bring them within 12. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

More from Yahoo Sports: