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The Bears win a tough
fought game 13-7
by Dan Peters
Prime Time Black & Blue.. The Bears win a tough fought game 13-7
In the end, the Chicago Bears and their defense came up big again,
keeping the explosive Lion offense out of the end zone for over 59
minutes. The shut-out looked good, but Stafford drove the Lions
to the end zone and made the score look respectable.
The Bears offense looked good at times, but Cutler was under pressure and even knocked out of the game on a hard hit by Suh.
Jay Cutler suffered bruised ribs midway through the second quarter of
the Bears' 13-7 win when he was sacked by Suh. The 6-4, 307-pounder
drove the veteran quarterback into the ground and landed on top of him.
Cutler remained down for a few minutes before jogging off the field.
Cutler went in for x-rays on his ribs, but would come out and play the
entire second half of the game.
"He's a tough guy," said Coach Lovie Smith. "Most people thought Jay
would get up. Unless it's a broken leg or something like that, he's
going to get up. He's a tough guy. That's what you should have as your
Chicago Bears quarterback and he does it time after time. That's effort
by him. He was in some pain, but he fought through it."
Cutler would sit out for one play, returned for one snap and then
missed the final series of the first half while being evaluated in the
locker room. He then played the entire second half, finishing the game
completing 16 of 31 passes for 150 yards with one touchdown and a 76.0
Cutler conceded that the injury hindered his ability to throw the ball
in the second half. "It was on my right side, so trying to get my right
side through was a little bit tough," he said. "I missed some throws. I
wasn't feeling exactly 100 percent, but we had to fight through it. The
way our defense was playing, we were just trying to drag out the game."
Cutler did not think the hit was dirty. Asked if it was a clean play,
the Bears quarterback said: "I think so. I was outside the pocket. It's
After the game, Cutler said that he was feeling "all right now. I think
probably later in the week is going to be a little bit difficult. But
I'm all right now."
Just how did Cutler’s teammates view the hit on Cutler?
“Stressful. He’s tough, man. I don’t know what happened to him or what
he did. It looked like he was in pain. We all held our breath a little
bit until he came back out there. I’m glad he’s OK and he finished.
Said Julius Peppers.
Making adjustments.. A key to winning game..
The Lions Justin Durant cut off Brandon Marshall on the planned route
he was supposed to run. What does the Pro Bowl receive do? make
the key adjustment and locked eyes with Cutler, who delivered the
ball for a seven-yard TD pass, "I was supposed to run behind the
line of scrimmage and get in the flat," Marshall said. "But [Durant]
got up field and got in my way, so I had to find a hole. So I shot up
the field and Jay's eyes lit up, so I knew I was open. He told me to
stop right there with those eyes and we scored."
The Bears forced four takeaways and held the Lions scoreless.. And Cutler sure appreciated their effort tonight.
"Those guys are playing so well," Cutler said. "They're flying to the
ball, stopping the run, making it tough to get to the pass, being tough
down there at the goal line. You can't say enough about the way that
they're playing and coming together and rallying all through the game.
It's hard to hold an offense like that down all the way through the
game, but they did it."
It would prove to be the winning score as the Bears stout defense
denied the Lions in the red zone for 59 plus change... Stafford
threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Broyles with: 12 remaining in
the game.. But by then, it was too little too late for the Lions.
A tough, physical game..
Jim Schwartz praised Bears cornerback Charles Tillman for
containing receiver Calvin Johnson, who was limited to three receptions
for a season-low 34 yards.
"I think credit has to go to Tillman," Schwartz said. "He matched
Calvin pretty much the whole game and they did a good job and combined
that coverage with pass rush."
A defensive team effort against the number 1 offense in the league..
Julius Peppers recorded one of two Bears sacks, giving him 11 in
nine career games against the Lions. The other sack was split between
Stephen Pea and rookie Shea McClellin. The Bears have
now won six of seven games immediately following their bye since 2006.
... Lion’s receiver Nate Burleson was lost for the season with a broken
leg when he was tackled by cornerback Tim Jennings on a 16-yard
reception early in the third quarter.
A unique defensive look..
“The thing that we do, that I’m not sure most defenses do, we run to
the football. If you watch our defense we’ve got 11 guys running to the
football every play. That’s the biggest emphasis our coaches emphasize.
You watch defenses around the league, it’s not like that. Around here,
it’s the culture, you run to the football or you’re not going to play.
You see our D-linemen turn and run when the ball is thrown.” We
played discipline, got some takeaways, like we always do. They did gash
us in the running game a little bit in the first half, a little bit in
the third quarter. We made some plays, gave up that cheap touchdown
there at the end. We still got the win.” Said Urlacher.
The Bears will have no time to rest and soak up this impressive victory
as they have yet another challenge ahead Sunday, Cam Newton and the
Cutler will be ready; the defense will be ready.. The question is.. Are
the Panthers and the rest of the teams the Bears facing…will they be
ready? They better be or the Bears will again show why they are a
serious threat to make it all the way this year.