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Bears come back to beat Panthers, improve to 6-1

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Jay Cutler didn’t do much all day, but he did just enough at the right time.

The Bears came back for a 23-22 win over the Panthers, improving to 6-1 on the season.

Cutler turned the ball over three times, and was constantly pressured, by a Panthers defense which played with an urgency it had lacked.

Cam Newton recovered from an ugly pick-six to Tim Jennings, and moved the Panthers downfield for a 22-20 lead with 2:27 left.

But the defense which played so well throughout the day couldn’t hold, and Cutler was a smooth 6-of-7 for 52 yards on the final drive, setting up Robbie Gould’s 41-yard field goal as time expired.

Cutler finished with 186 yards passing, and the Panthers actually outgained the Bears 416-210.

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21 Responses to “Bears come back to beat Panthers, improve to 6-1”
  1. KIR says: Oct 28, 2012 4:22 PM

    Get a life Cam’s a bust haters. He played a decent game. Go check his stats his first year up against all the QB’s drafted the last 5 or 10 years.

  2. Pacific NW Mark says: Oct 28, 2012 4:29 PM

    Winning ugly is still better than losing.

  3. linvillegorge says: Oct 28, 2012 4:31 PM

    Good teams find ways to win and bad teams find way to lose. My Panthers continue to find new ways to lose. We’re like the perfect storm of bad teams Just take a look at the boxscore and it’s hard to imagine how even the Panthers managed to lose this one.

  4. mantastic54 says: Oct 28, 2012 4:31 PM

    I’m surprised they didn’t give forte the ball more. Bears need to dink and dunk more, they just don’t have the blocking to push the ball down the field. One they started the short passes in the 4th they started moving the ball

  5. larryboodry says: Oct 28, 2012 4:45 PM

    Damn, that was ugly, but I’ll take it…Cutler and Gould salvaged the day late after struggling early, and the defense was not as dominant as it had been lately…They let Newton rack up 300+ yards, which led to 5 FGs from a guy who only had 2 all year coming in.

    Great comeback, but they can’t play this poorly against better teams.

  6. bucrightoff says: Oct 28, 2012 4:47 PM

    That pick six was absolutely brutal. Even if Smith doesn’t slip Cam has no business making that throw.

  7. knowshondixon says: Oct 28, 2012 4:47 PM

    The Bears ran the same play all the way down the field on the last drive. So much off coverage.

  8. troybulletinboard says: Oct 28, 2012 4:59 PM

    does mike tice have a chip in his brain that keeps him from running the ball 7 times in a row? like, if it’s working you can just take turns giving it to forte and bush. it was obvious they were teeing off on jay, and we just kept passing. Mike Tice left easily 100 yards rushing on the field today, EASILY.

  9. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Oct 28, 2012 5:02 PM

    bears fans and players need to go out and buy lottery tickets after that one. the panthers dominated them so thoroughly in every facet of the game. what a depressing loss. cam made their d look like a college team. i can’t remember the last time i saw a team look as snake-bit as the panthers are. wow. coulda, woulda, shoulda…christ.

  10. daaabears says: Oct 28, 2012 5:07 PM

    17 seconds left. One time out. 42 yard field goal from where you are at on a windy day. DaBears run!?. No gain, have to use your timeout. You could have passed to the sideline to stop the clock or inbounds and use the timeout. Incomplete pass, you have time for another pass. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

    We were fortunate to win this one. Sure would be nice to see some of that offense some day.

  11. 2difshoe says: Oct 28, 2012 5:24 PM

    Brutal game, yes…but how would you like to have Tony Romo instead ?

  12. 19lions57 says: Oct 28, 2012 5:49 PM

    Boy those Bears sure did look tough today, that awesome d giving up only 419 yards, that potent offense gaining 210 yards. They truly looked like the best team in the NFL. The truth is if they dont get 5 turnovers, they just dont look that good. But, if you want to crown them…..

  13. keeppounding says: Oct 28, 2012 6:01 PM

    We can call the perfect game have all the talent in the world. But you can’t coach guys into having a will to win. We just don’t want it bad enough. Cam Newton threw it out of the end zone by 20 yards instead of giving his guys a chance, I imagine his thought process went something like this ‘uh I ain’t getting no int on my stats’. Or when he fumbled in the end zone. He was more upset about having a fumble on his stats than that his team just scored.

    For a guy who talks so much about winning I wish he didn’t act like such a loser.

  14. delhommed says: Oct 28, 2012 6:20 PM

    Panthers fired the wrong person last week… or maybe they didn’t fire enough people. What kind of moron coaching was going on in the 4th quarter? Let’s play prevent on the Bears and let Cutler have plenty of time to pass the freaking ball… D. Williams still not getting enough carries and who can ignore yet another awesome performance from our special teams coach? I hate it! omg! Panthers won’t start to win until the QB starts to act like a winner–meaning celebrate with your team after a score even if you did fumble and didn’t get to do your pathetic, stupid, worst celebration in the NFL superman pose. I hate that stupid pose more than the record we have! Can we hire Bill Cowher?

  15. larryboodry says: Oct 28, 2012 7:00 PM

    9lions57 says: Oct 28, 2012 5:49 PM

    “Boy those Bears sure did look tough today, that awesome d giving up only 419 yards, that potent offense gaining 210 yards. They truly looked like the best team in the NFL. The truth is if they dont get 5 turnovers, they just dont look that good. But, if you want to crown them…”

    You just wish your offense coulda done that well against us, instead of one measly garbage TD with 30 seconds left.

    And shouldn’t you be out celebrating your third win?

  16. doug1grohlin says: Oct 28, 2012 7:11 PM

    Wins are wins, 6-1 and still at the top.

  17. ihaterogergoodell says: Oct 28, 2012 7:29 PM

    @19lions57

    That’s a lot of “if”s! Here’s one for you… Would you be trolling IF your team actually gave you something to celebrate? I guess I’d be cantankerous if my team was in the cellar.

  18. chi01town says: Oct 28, 2012 7:40 PM

    6-1 Chicago wins ugly but I will take it. Packers fans your still down stairs looking up

  19. 19lions57 says: Oct 28, 2012 8:28 PM

    @ihaterogergoodell
    @larryboodry

    I just saying, the Bears are elite, 6-1 with a great offense and defense. We all know the Lions are not worthy.

  20. larryboodry says: Oct 28, 2012 9:29 PM

    19lions57 says: Oct 28, 2012 8:28 PM

    “@ihaterogergoodell
    @larryboodry

    I just saying, the Bears are elite, 6-1 with a great offense and defense. We all know the Lions are not worthy.”

    6-1 is great, and sounds elite, but we can’t stay on top with non-elite performances like today’s once we get to the 2nd. half…And trash-talk aside, your team beat a good team today to stay in striking distance.

  21. chi01town says: Oct 29, 2012 8:23 AM

    Cutler got his game going when it counted. Chicago wins 6-1. I dont want to see the Bears win like that BUT I will take a hard ..ugly win over a loss every sunday

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