Bears claw back from
12, beat Panthers 23-22
by Dan Peters
teams find a way to win a game in the National Football league, and
today, the Bears were that team today.
you missed the first three quarters of the game today, you were
lucky, unless you were a Panthers fan. The Bears offense was more
offensive than anything else. It would start with the protection of
Jay Cutler.. It was non –existent. He was rushed into bad plays
and sacked six times. Maybe his ribs hurt him more than he thought?
At halftime the Bears would have only 49 net yards and -15 passing
center Roberto Garza was quick to say it wasn’t a bad first half
for the offense but a bad first three quarters.
ugly,” Garza said. “We just didn’t execute. We didn’t do our
techniques. We didn’t play like we’ve played the last couple of
weeks. But it’s a tribute to coach (Mike) Tice, Cutler and the
receivers, they did a hell of a job of getting points when we needed
them and going out there and finishing the game.
at least the defense showed up in force. They kept Carolina out of
the end zone and forced them to kick field goals. The only touchdown
the Panthers scored turned out to be a defensive play that turned out
wrong. Newton fumbled the ball in the end zone and when the officials
cleared the pile, Murphy had recovered the loose ball and the
panthers had a touchdown.
by 12 points in the fourth quarter, Cutler finally got the offense on
track and got the Bears into the end zone on a 12 yard pass to Kellen
Davis to cut the lead to 5.
the game changing play..
got the ball back and 8
seconds later, Jennings picked off Newton’s pass and ran it back 25
yards for the go ahead score. It was pick 6 for Jennings who now has
6 interceptions this season.
were down,'' Jennings said. ''We knew we had to score on defense. Our
captains rallied up the troops. We knew that if we got our hands on
the ball we had to score. That's been our mentality all season. I was
able to be in the right position and make a play.''
would mount a drive to take the lead on a 45 yard field goal by
Medlock that hit the upright and went it.
and the Bears would have one chance to pull of the improbable
comeback with just over 2 minutes remaining in the game. The
offensive line protected Cutler as he marched the Bears down the
field to the Carolina 23. The game would come down to the foot of
Robbie Gould.. And he was good as Gold on this attempt and hit the 41
yard field goal as time expired.. Bears win..
gets up smiling,'' Marshall said. ''I'm sitting here shaking - a
little bit of the cold weather, a little bit of (being) nervous - and
he just starts smiling like, `Well, here we go.' It just put me at
ease right away. The guys feel that vibe and they play off of it.''
completed 19 of 28 passes for 186 yards after having his ribs bruised
by Detroit's Ndamukong Suh on Monday night.
had 98 yards receiving and Matt Forte ran for 70 yards and a
touchdown for Chicago. And with Jennings running back that
interception, Chicago's defense has six touchdowns on the season.
were just taking turns not making plays, but the thing I like about
today was we played from behind," Brandon Marshall said. "Last
time we did that we lost (against Green Bay on Sept. 13). It was
great work for us. Carolina put it to us, but we responded well that
threw for 314 yards and Smith added 118 receiving for Carolina.
Medlock nailed five field goals, and the numbers would look
impressive on paper. ''This was a challenging week, not only for
myself, but for any Carolina Panther fan that has been following
us,'' Newton said. ''We just have to come out and keep enduring and
keep going and keep going. It tells a lot about the teammates and
what type of team you have faced with adversity.'
gained 416 yards and had six sacks against Cutler, with Greg Hardy
getting to him three times.
heartbreaking,'' Steve Smith said. ''Tiresome, monotonous, a few guys
in here are perturbed and (ticked), but we're beyond heartbreak.
We're just getting upset.''
first three- and- a- half quarters were ugly, but in the end, a
good Bears football team would find yet another way to win. And now
time to panic?
don't think you can hit the panic button offensively," Cutler
said. "We just need to keep getting better. We have to keep
looking at our mistakes, keep improving and keep trying to work on
things week-in and week-out."
up, a visit to “Music City” next Sunday to take on the Tennessee
Titans in Nashville.