SAN DIEGO -- The Chicago Bears almost waited until it was too late.
"You have to play your best in the fourth quarter, and that's what coach (John) Fox has talked about," Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said. "It's good that it happened today, but we have to continue it."
Trailing by nine points after three quarters, Chicago rallied to beat the San Diego Chargers 22-19 Monday night.
The Bears (3-5) handed San Diego (2-7) a fifth consecutive loss.
The Chargers' skid is their longest since they dropped six in a row in 2011.
Cutler hit tight end Zach Miller for a game-deciding, 25-yard touchdown with 3:19 remaining. Running back Jeremy Langford rushed over for the two-point conversion and a 22-19 advantage, the Bears' first lead of the night.
Miller's one-handed catch over the middle helped the Bears snap a two-game losing streak.
"Jay made a great throw, and I was able to go up and get it," Miller said. "After that, I went unconscious. It was one of those things where instincts kind of take over. I really didn't have time to go up with two (hands) because he put some juice on it. I went with one and thankfully pulled it down."
Culter completed 27 of 40 passes for 345 yards and two touchdowns. He also lost a fumble and was intercepted once. Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery caught 10 passes for 151 yards, but it was the pass to Miller that was the difference.
"The safety flew over the top, and it was just a matter of waiting for Zach to get past the linebacker," Cutler said. "I left it high on him, and he made a heck of a catch. It couldn't have happened to a better guy. For him to come up with a catch, it was something special."
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was 26-for-42 passes for 280 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. It was the first time he didn't throw for at least 300 yards in six games.
San Diego running back Danny Woodhead produced 111 total yards and a touchdown.
What we learned about the Chargers:
1. The Chargers are a better team with safety Eric Weddle in the secondary. After missing two games with a groin injury, the four-time All-Pro returned and was a force Monday, especially early. He finished with a game-high 13 tackles, and he recovered a fumble. The Chargers are confident life will be fine without Weddle, as they have all but close the door on asking him back next year after his contract expires.
2. Wide receiver Malcom Floyd deserves better. Floyd, among the more popular and respected players in recent Chargers history, left the game with a shoulder injury. Considering Floyd announced before the season this would be his last year, it is possible he has played his last game in the NFL.
3. Running back Melvin Gordon is still searching for his NFL running legs. The Chargers seemed intent on getting their first-round draft pick involved early, but the results weren't promising. Gordon is either dancing too much before reaching the hole or the holes are hard to find -- or both. Gordon has yet to score a touchdown this season, and he didn't come close to breaking one on Monday. He finished with 31 yards on 11 carries, an average of 2.8 yards per attempt. He had just a long of 5 yards to show for his work, which diminished greatly as the game wore on.
--CB Jason Verrett scored the first touchdown of his career, but it came with a price. Verrett, a first-round pick last year, returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown. However, he lasted just one more play before retreating to the sideline with a groin injury. There is no timetable for his return.
--RB Donald Brown, among the biggest free agent busts in general manager Tom Telesco's tenure, got his first carries of the season Monday. Brown had two rushes for 13 yards. He was inactive for five games this year.
--ILB Manti Te'o (ankle) missed his fourth consecutive game in what is becoming a trend throughout his young career. Te'o, whom the Chargers traded up to draft in the second round in 2013, has trouble staying on the field. Te'o missed three games in his rookie year and six outings last year. All of his injuries involved with his feet or ankles.