It’s good to be a Bears fan.
In a pregame full of questions on how the Chicago Bears defense would contain Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Michael Vick and take the win, the answer came easily on Sunday: good old-fashioned Bears defense and a Bears’ quarterback who brought his A game to Soldier Field.
While the Eagles jumped on the board first with a field goal in the first quarter, the Bears came back a few minutes later with a touchdown and never gave up the lead again.
It was a Bears touchdown at the end of the second quarter that may have changed the game’s momentum.
With the Eagles trailing 14-13 at the end of the second quarter at the two-minute warning mark, Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris deflected a pass from Vick to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin on second-and-goal from the four-yard line. Bears safety Chris Harris intercepted and returned the ball 39 yards. This set up a drive that resulted in a six-yard touchdown from Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to wide receiver Earl Bennett.
The Bears entered halftime with a 21-13 lead.
In the third quarter, with a touchdown and Robbie Gould’s sole field goal, a 23-yarder, the Bears would take a 31-13 lead. Entering the fourth quarter, the game appeared to be in the bag.
But not so fast…
The Eagles got two field goals and one touchdown on the board in the fourth but the Bears still led 31-25. By the way the Bears were playing, finally in this game you had to believe they would hold on even with one last attempt by the Eagles.
With 1:48 remaining, Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox secured the win by recovering an onside kick attempt after Vick’s 30-yard touchdown pass to tight end Brent Celek. The Bears let the clock run out and took the win.
Cutler showed up in fine form on Sunday, finally taking command as the team’s leader. In his best game to-date as a Chicago Bear, Cutler completed 14 of 21 passes for 247 yards, four touchdowns and a career-high passer rating of 146.2.
Yes, his passer rating was really 146.2. It was the Bears’ third-highest rating since 1950.
Perhaps the one negative affecting Cutler in this break-out game? He continued to struggle with offensive line problems and was sacked four times.
The Bears used the running game on Sunday and it worked out well for them. Bears running back Matt Forte showed up and gained 117 rushing yards on 14 carries, including a 61-yard run.
And on the receiving side, Bears Devin Hester lead the team with three receptions and 86 yards on Sunday. Bennett had two touchdowns.
Eagles quarterback Vick didn’t fare as well as his numbers. For the first time in 238 attempts (or four years), Vick had an interception. He went 29 0f 44 for 333 yards, and had two touchdowns.
With the win, the Bears are now 8-3. It is the first time since December 2006 that the team has won four straight games and its 31 points on Sunday represent a season high. The Bears are tied with the New Orleans Saints and are one game behind the NFC-leading Atlanta Falcons. The Green Bay Packers lost to the Falcons on Sunday, giving the Bears a one-game lead in the NFC North.
Next Sunday, the Bears will play the Detroit Lions at Ford Field at noon CT.
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Written by Debbie Baratz