Bears notes: Akiem Hicks gives Giants a dose of Freezer burn with Fridge-like TD

It was a salute to William Perry when Akiem Hicks went over the pile for a 1-yard TD run.

It was a page borrowed straight from the Mike Ditka playbook.

Akiem Hicks became William "The Refrigerator" Perry for one down in a 30-27 loss to the New York Giants, and produced a 1-yard touchdown dive on a play appropriately called "Freezer left."

"It was pretty cool man, it was a fun play and it was exciting," Hicks said.

Hicks scored an offensive touchdown late in the second quarter for a 14-7 lead. He lined up in an up-back position and took the handoff from Chase Daniel to become the first Bears defensive lineman to score on offense since Perry in 1985.

Defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris also was in on offense to block on the fourth-and-goal play from the 1-yard line.

"Super excited to get back behind our big fellas, our other big guys (offensive line) and let them get me into the end zone," Hicks said.

The Giants had a good goal-line push on the play but Hicks just edged the ball over the goal line.

"We've had that play in for weeks and (were) even practicing it," coach Matt Nagy said.

Nagy thought with a slick football from a rainy day in New Jersey that it was a good time to give it to his 332-pound defensive lineman-turned-fullback.

"He's hard to stop down there with getting that ball full steam ahead," Nagy said.

Hicks holds no illusions about being a regular participant on offense.

"I need to be as far away from the ball as possible on a regular basis when it comes to offense," Hicks said. "My strengths are what they pay me to do, go hit quarterbacks."

He did that for a sack of Eli Manning in Sunday's game, after a week in which he missed to practices due to Achilles' heel pain.

Trick Play 2: The other successful Bears trick play forced overtime as they scored on the last play of regulation on a 1-yard reverse pass by Tarik Cohen to a crossing Anthony Miller.

Trey Burton took the handoff and then gave it to Cohen, who looked for his primary receiver on the play -- quarterback Chase Daniel on a throw-back play. Daniel was covered and Cohen checked down like any good passer would.

"It was a hard choice for us in that situation," Nagy said. "We kind of knew that was the direction we were going to go with. And they did a good job of covering Chase up. And then Tarik and Anthony, that's a play there that's all about the players -- they made a great play."

Cohen catching: Cohen did more than pass. He caught, as well. His 12 receptions tied a Bears record for running backs set by Matt Forte against Carolina in 2014.

Cohen's 157 receiving yards was a personal high.

"We just had a good scheme drawn up against their defense," Cohen said. "Coach Nagy and (offensive coordinator Mark) Helfrich were dialing up the plays that were called for me."

Controversial help: Social media went wild the past two days with suggestions from Bears fans that Kareem Hunt after the Chiefs back was cut following the release of a video depicting him kicking and shoving a woman in a hotel.

Hunt played on the offense Nagy coordinated in Kansas City, so fans pining for his signing was a natural even if he is accused of a heinous act.

"I'm not going to get into that," Nagy said. "I think, No. 1, with me personally the entire situation is unfortunate for everybody, everybody involved."

What the ...?: Quarterback Chase Daniel admitted the pick-6 he threw on his first pass right to Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree deep in Bears territory looked bad.

"A lot of people were probably like, 'what the heck's he doing?' " Daniel said. "I thought he was blitzing. I thought he was rushing. He just sort of dropped out and made a good play."

Giants trickery: The Giants showed two can play at the trick-play game. Their end-around pass for a TD of 49 yards from Odell Beckham Jr. to Russell Shepherd caught at least a few Bears secondary players by surprise. Shepherd was wide open.

"That was just one of those plays that caught us off guard," linebacker Danny Trevathan said. "You can’t make excuses for just one of the plays. We know that we have to be better than we were today.

"On our best ballgame we still have a chance to win the game, we just have to come away with those opportunities. It’s tough to win a game in the NFL — we’ve just got to handle our grievances.

Trubisky update: Mitchell Trubisky threw passes before the game, although he didn't dress. His status remains day to day with a shoulder injury. He also threw at practice on Friday.

"He's feeling better," Nagy said. "I think for him, it's going to be a day-to-day thing where we continue to see where he's at."


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