NASHVILLE — Justin Fields is right where the Chicago Bears hoped he would be at the end of the preseason.
All coach Matt Nagy will say is the Bears feel good about where they are with their quarterbacks, a group that includes Andy Dalton — who's set to start the opener — and veteran Nick Foles along with rookie Fields, the 11th overall pick in this year's NFL draft.
Foles threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Jesper Horsted with 6:51 left, and the Bears held off the Tennessee Titans 27-24 on Saturday night as both teams wrapped up their preseason schedule.
Horsted, a tight end who played at Princeton, finished with three touchdowns and 104 receiving yards, catching all five passes thrown to him. His first touchdown was on a pass thrown by Fields, with the other two from Foles in the second half.
"Big picture, we love where he's at," Nagy said of Fields. "He's done everything we've asked him to do."
The rookie out of Ohio State who started his collegiate career at Georgia had veteran Jason Peters working at left tackle for 21 snaps with the other starters on the offensive line in front of him. With help from back-to-back defensive penalties, he hit Horsted in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown pass in the final minute of the second quarter for a 14-10 halftime lead for the Bears (2-1).
"No one else could have got that ball except maybe my other teammate," Horsted said. "Just enough space that I can get both feet in and go out of bounds. But no defender could've got the ball."
Fields finished 7-of-10 for 54 yards.
Tennessee (2-1) had a couple of late chances to tie or win. The Titans turned it over on downs with 1:32 left, and the game ended with them stuck inside their 20 after a run play.
The Titans played with coach Mike Vrabel watching from home, quarantined since testing positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 22. He had company — figuratively, at least — with wide receivers coach Rob Moore and offensive line assistant Jason Houghtaling among 10 Titans not at the game because of NFL protocols.
"I'm sure I'm going to have some text messages when I go back in the locker room," Titans defensive coordinator Shane Bowen said of Vrabel not being at the game.
Derrick Henry, the NFL's rushing leader the past two seasons, finished the preseason without touching the field. In uniform Saturday, he watched from the sideline. Left tackle Taylor Lewan and left guard Rodger Saffold, both of them starters, played the first two series.
Foles came in for the third quarter and completed his first eight passes, his seventh a 6-yard touchdown connection with Horsted for a 21-10 lead with 9:01 left in the third.
Matt Barkley, rotating series with Logan Woodside as they compete to back up Ryan Tannehill, started the Titans' rally, driving them 80 yards before Javian Hawkins scored on a 1-yard run. Woodside threw a 6-yard pass that put the Titans up 24-21 early in the fourth.
John Streicher, the Titans' coordinator of football development, handled game decisions with Vrabel out. He went for it twice on fourth-and-1 and came up with touchdowns. Mekhi Sargent scored on a 1-yard run early in the second, and Woodside hit Cameron Batson for the go-ahead score in the fourth.
Streicher also won when he challenged the ruling of a completed catch on third down on a Bears series in the second quarter.
The Bears came up with two interceptions. Linebacker Danny Trevathan ended Tennessee's second possession, picking off Barkley. Trevis Gipson hit Woodside's arm as he threw, and Tre Roberson picked off the pass and ran 27 yards for the tying touchdown midway through the second quarter.
The Titans wore a blue sticker with the initials "FR" on the back of their helmets in honor of their former general manager Floyd Reese, who died last week. Reese remains the franchise's wins leader among GMs and put together the roster of the Titans' lone Super Bowl team.
The Titans also hosted the Waverly Central High School and middle school football teams after flash flooding Aug. 21. The Titans made a $50,000 donation to a disaster fund and also committed to $150,000 in in-kind donations. They also will be delivering practice gear, footballs and other equipment next week and will provide washers and dryers. They've also offered the use of Nissan Stadium for a home game later this season.
Tennessee hosts the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 12 to open the season.