Coach Matt Nagy planned to drive to Halas Hall and immediately turn the page to the Bears' next game -- which comes at the Detroit Lions on Thursday. Outside linebacker Khalil Mack spent most of his postgame in the cold tub recovering instead of celebrating the uneven victory. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky refused to get too excited about the win.
The Bears (5-6) played a poor first half of football, capitalized on their opportunities to score 16 points in the third quarter, then barely held off a Giants team that's now 2-9.
"We scored more points than them, but it’s not good enough," Trubisky said.
While the Bears earned a win that kept their bleak playoff hopes intact, they failed to inspire confidence that something better is coming. The game was similar to many of the first 10 this season, as it featured a stout Bears defense, an inconsistent offense and far too many miscues.
The Giants had the chance to win the game on their final drive but turned the ball over on downs before Trubisky ended the latest inconsistent showing from his team in victory formation. The Bears celebrated by still turning their locker room into "Club Dub," but they knew the game meant little against the realities they're still facing.
"A win is a win," Mack said after beginning his recovery in the cold tub.
Trubisky was 25-of-41 for 278 yards, two touchdowns -- one passing, one rushing -- and two interceptions. With 335 yards, the Bears' offense surpassed the 300-yard mark for the second time this season, though it averaged just 4.9 yards per play.
The Bears lacked balance once again on offense, with David Montgomery rushing 13 times for 22 yards and the running game averaging just 2.5 yards on 26 carries. Top target Allen Robinson was Chicago's primary source of offense, posting six receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown.
It came against a Giants defense that had allowed 28.9 points per game and six yards per play in 2019.
"Not nearly good enough from this offense, from myself," Trubisky said.
The Bears changed the game mid-third quarter when Mack recorded a strip-sack on Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, which set up the offense at the Giants' 3-yard line. Trubisky soon scored on a two-yard draw that pushed the Bears' lead to 19-7.
Mack's game-changing moment came a week after he was held off the stat sheet while the Rams double- and triple-teamed him. On his game-changing play, he faced a lone blocker and got free with Jones exposing the football.
"I finally got singled up," Mack said. "I got to make the most of the opportunity.
"Our defense, we want to make it easy on the offense and get turnovers."
The Bears must move on from this game quickly with a short week ahead. A Monday that's typically reserved for recovery will feature a late afternoon practice at Halas Hall. Instead of a Tuesday morning team lift, the Bears will be ramping up their work for the Lions. By Wednesday, they will hold a walk-through and travel to Detroit ahead of the Thanksgiving Day game Thursday.
The win Sunday meant little to the Bears' bigger picture. Shortly after a forgettable performance, they were looking ahead to what's next.
"It's on to Detroit now," Nagy said. "We won today. It doesn't matter. We've got to erase this and now focus on what's going on in the coming week. That's all we can do."