On Sunday evening, the Chicago Bears lost their perfect record with a 17-3 rout by the New York Giants. The key word of the evening was sacked.
Yes, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler got sacked nine times in the first half. It was ugly and only the beginning of a tough night for Bears’ fans. By the evening’s end, a new NFL record would be set for the number of sacks by a Bears’ opponent.
After suffering from repeated sacks, Cutler failed to return for the second half of the game due to a possible concussion. In his first half visit, Cutler had three fumbles and one interception. He completed eight of 11 passes for 42 yards.
The Giants (2-2) took the lead in the first quarter and never looked back. On their second possession of the game with 11 plays and a 76-yard march down the field, Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes planted a 22-yard field goal to put the team ahead at the 3:29 mark of the first quarter.
The teams entered the locker room at halftime with a 3-0 lead by the Giants.
Backup Bears quarterback Todd Collins took over at the beginning of the second half with repeated comments by NBC’s Sunday night broadcasting crew of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth going on and on over the lack of playing time Collins has had not only with the Bears but in his NFL tenure. He wasn’t getting a huge vote of confidence.
With Collins at the helm, the Bears’ luck didn’t turn around. The Giants scored their first touchdown on the evening in the third quarter with three-yard touchdown run by Giants’ running back Ahmad Bradshaw at the 2:58 mark.
Following in the foot steps of the Bears’ starting quarterback, Collins also had a shortened game after getting knocked down by New York Giants’ linebacker Michael Boley in the fourth quarter while throwing a five-yard pass to wide receiver Earl Bennett.
He has sustained a neck injury.
With Collins injured, the evening of quarterback roulette continued for the Bears with third string quarterback Caleb Hanie entering the game. Hanie wasn’t any more successful than his quarterback brethren, taking one sack from the Giants (hello sack No. 10 on the evening) and seeing the Giants clinch their win. With 4:31 remaining, the Giants scored a second touchdown with a one-yard touchdown run by running back Brandon Jacobs.
It’s a good thing the NFL doesn’t have five quarters.
Looking at some positives, the Bears defense looked great. It held the Giants through the first three quarters without a first down on nine of 11 possessions. Julius Peppers again stepped up for the team and knocked the ball out of Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s hand for a second sack of the game. Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher quickly recovered the fumble at the Chicago 48 but once the offense came in, again they failed to do anything with the turnover.
The Bears sole score of the game came from kicker Robbie Gould’s 40-yard field goal at 10:58 in the fourth quarter. The Bears now had a seven-point disadvantage but couldn’t close the cap.
Mannings’ stats for the game were less than an impressive as the winning quarterback: he completed 18 of 30 passes for 195 yards and had a 79.2 passer rating.
For the day, Bradshaw had 23 carries for 129 yards and Jacobs went 6 for 62 yards. Anemic in comparison, Forte had 12 carries for 26 yards and fellow running back Chester Taylor had three carries for 22 yards.
Next week the Bears will travel again and take on the Carolina Panthers (0-4).
In response to whether or not Cutler will be playing next week, Bears coach Lovie Smith responded in a Chicago Tribune article, “Jay didn’t finish the game, that’s all that we know. We know what type of competitor he is. If he’s healthy and ready to go, of course he’ll be out there (Sunday at Carolina), like all of our guys.”
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Written by Debbie Baratz