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Bears hold on, Beat Giants 27-21… get back on winning track

by Dan Peters

Tim Jennings finished the game the way he started… a second interception that sealed the victory for the Bears in “Prime Time.” A win the Bears needed, but like every game this season, it was not easy.

The Bears were depleted on the defensive side of the ball tonight against the Giants. But don’t tell Tim Jennings that.. He made his presence known from the get-go

Jennings picked off a Eli Manning pass and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown, his second pick-six of the season and third of his career.  “I had a good read on it and a good break on it. He threw it. I don’t know what the receiver did because I was just playing the quarterback the whole time. He threw it. I had a good read on it, and I was able to get my hands on it with nobody in front of me.” said Jennings.

It would be the first of two interceptions for Jennings against the Giants, who now has three interceptions in 2013, after leading the NFL last season with a career-high nine picks.

The second interception was a game saving play. “It was kind of vertical. They went back to a play that they had run a couple of plays earlier, one that I actually got my hands on. I guess they saw something, and we were in a Cover-3 Deep. I was kind of over overlapped to Number-2. The ball was overthrown, and I was there to make the tackle, but I saw the ball tipped, and I was able to get my hands on it.”

In Week 2 of the 2013 season versus Minnesota, Jennings picked off a Christian Ponder pass and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown. Jennings also had a 25-yard interception return score on October 28, 2012 versus Carolina.

Jennings now has three interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery during the 2013 season and 19 interceptions in his eight-year NFL career, including 15 in his four years as a member of the Bears.

“The bottom line is, is our defense was able to get the ball turned over to us three times, and offensively we played a very clean game. It wasn’t as good as we wanted it to be, we didn’t finish some drives, but Jay took care of the football. Our guys took care of the football. We were able to run some clock. It wasn’t all pretty and we know that. That’s exciting from our standpoint because we know we have a chance to get better.” Said Head Coach Trestman

Over the last decade, the Bears have 38 defensive touchdowns (29 interception return, nine fumble returns) in 32 contests. The Bears are 27-5 (.844) in those contests, including 24-2 (.923) since 2005 with 10-straight victories.

The Chicago Bears had three takeaways (all interceptions) tonight. The Bears now has 17 takeaways this season with nine interceptions and eight opponent fumble recoveries. Chicago has registered 62 points off those takeaways. The Bears entered Week 6 play third in the NFL in takeaways.

Bears Offensive line doing its job protecting Cutler

The Bears offense committed no turnovers and allowed no sacks against the New York Giants.  “No turnovers. No sacks. It definitely helped us win. We always try to find the positives, but obviously, we’re going to find the negatives when we look at the film tomorrow, and we’ll work toward bettering those…” said Rookie Kyle Long.

It was the first time since December 23, 2007 versus Green Bay that the Bears offense did not commit a turnover or allow a sack during a contest.

A key, Important win for the Bears, says Cutler.“Yes, we wanted to win, obviously, at home. Short week and it was tough on the guys to get out on a Thursday game with a 0-5 team and we got their best punch. We knew that they were going to come out and play us tough. They have a lot of good players over there so we have to give them a hand. You know, that fourth down, start the game with the turnover, you like to punch that in for some points. Little things, we won the game, but you kind of leave unsatisfied cause I think, offensively, we could of exploded for a little bit more.”

Cutler was 24-of-36 passing (66.7 percent) for 262 yards and two touchdowns for a passer rating of 106.5.

Cutler now has a 100 passer rating in two-straight contests after posting a 128.1 passer rating in Week 5 against New Orleans. For his career, Cutler is 26-2 in the regular season and 1-0 postseason when compiling a 100 or greater passer rating.

For the season, Cutler is 143-of-217 passing (65.9 percent) for 1,630 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions to compile a 95.2 passer rating. The 95.2 passer rating is currently third-highest is Bears single-season history trailing Sid Luckman’s 107.5 in 1943 and 95.3 in 1941.

Brandon Marshall hauled in nine receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns in Week 6 versus the New York Giants., a key to the Bears win.“When you start fast like that, you want to continue to go full speed. We didn’t do that, but the good thing is that we got a win. We can build off of this. It’s a young offense. We’re building chemistry. Whenever we can get a win while getting better, it’s always great.” Marshall said.

It was the second multi-touchdown contest for Marshall as a member of the Bears after having three at Tennessee on November 4, 2012. It was the seventh multi-touchdown game of his NFL career.

Credit Jay Cutler for stepping up and being a leader, unlike in the past few years. “Usually when we’re down a little bit, and we’re getting to crunch time, he gets a little more vocal, but tonight we were all under control and with great poise.” said Marshall. Maybe it was the new green shoes.

Marshall now leads the team with 40 receptions, 465 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns on the 2013 season.

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