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Jennings recovers from Smith’s butt-kicking to make big play

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Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith made plenty of plays Sunday, but Tim Jennings made the one that counted.

Jennings’ interception for a touchdown was a crucial turning point in the Bears’ 23-22 comeback win, and Smith took the blame.

“I slipped, sir. I slipped,” Smith said, via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. “The ball was thrown. He picked it. That what-if game, and this and that, that requires energy that I just don’t have right now to go through.”

Smith had seven catches for 118 yards Sunday, continuing a run of good games against the Bears (averaging 149 per game entering the day).

And since Jennings was on him all day, Smith’s praise was, shall we say, muted.

“That was the best play he made all game on me,” Smith said. “But it was a key moment in the game, changed the momentum. I know you want to pump him up. But I’ve been kicking his ass every time I come up here. And today wasn’t no different. Do you disagree?”

Jennings took the high road (which isn’t hard when Smith’s coming off a loss), showing respect to his 1-6 opponent.

“It’s very important when you got a Pro Bowl receiver like that’s been playing the game at a high level like that his whole career,” Jennings said. “He’s going to make some plays. But I had to have the mentality that I got to stay up and stay playing aggressive and minimize his playmaking ability.”

While they didn’t minimize Smith, they kept it from making a difference.

And that’s the difference in their responses.

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26 Responses to “Jennings recovers from Smith’s butt-kicking to make big play”
  1. metalhead65 says: Oct 28, 2012 6:09 PM

    maybe if smith and the panthers put the effort into all their games as they do when they play the bears they might not suck. you can have all the stats you want stevie the Bears will take the W!

  2. bangbangbilly says: Oct 28, 2012 6:14 PM

    Steve smith is just mad cause Tim Jennings had more TD than he did yea you might have out played him for most of the game but Jennings made the play that mattered and kudos to bears twelfth man the soldier field sod

  3. brennankm46 says: Oct 28, 2012 6:15 PM

    Hey Steve, Jennings had two picks and one more touchdown that you had.

    So I’m gonna call this one even.

  4. stellarperformance says: Oct 28, 2012 7:03 PM

    The Bears have got to be the luckiest team in the NFL. They get so many undeserved breaks, it is only a matter of time until it catches up with them.

  5. larryboodry says: Oct 28, 2012 7:07 PM

    blackandbluedivision says:

    “Ask Calvin Johnson beasting on the Bears….How many wins does he have again?! 1? 2 maybe? He can have all the monster games he wants and stare at his stats while we’re in the playoff hunt.”

    Trust me on this, he did say it, I have an e-mail to prove it…Bottom line is, who’s celebrating their 6th. win right now, and who’s bragging about their stats even though they lost?

  6. ososrule says: Oct 28, 2012 7:23 PM

    stellarperformance just learned about Bears football today guys, give him a round of applause!

    Call it what you want, A win is a win. All the other Bears wins were not close.

  7. bearfan34 says: Oct 28, 2012 7:24 PM

    Maybe Mr. Smith should save the criticism for his team, who choked pretty hard today? And isn’t just as easy for Jennings to make an excuse here or there for a play, Mr. Smith?

    Since Jennings has been a Bear, Mr. Smith and co. have not beat the Bears. That sir, is probably something you should keep in mind.

  8. higgy5353 says: Oct 28, 2012 7:27 PM

    Wow Smith is such a cry baby and sore loser.

  9. doug1grohlin says: Oct 28, 2012 7:28 PM

    stellarperformance says: Oct 28, 2012 7:03 PM

    The Bears have got to be the luckiest team in the NFL. They get so many undeserved breaks, it is only a matter of time until it catches up with them.
    ———————————————————–

    You must be confused, the Bears play in Chicago, not Detroit.

  10. chi01town says: Oct 28, 2012 8:15 PM

    @stellerperformance
    6-1 Chicago wins!! …. A ugly win is STILL a win. and at the end of the season ugly wins count. be happy the Lions won they 3rd game of the season cause the next time they lose….. this season will be OVER for them

  11. melikefootball says: Oct 28, 2012 8:27 PM

    Smith needs to go back to that anger managment…. soon is going to explode on his own team.

  12. delhommed says: Oct 28, 2012 9:38 PM

    shut up Bears fans. You will lose in the wildcard round of playoffs, so these wins don’t mean anything. In defense of smith, what happened when he came to Chicago in the playoffs a few years back?

  13. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Oct 28, 2012 9:56 PM

    the bears are a lot like atlanta. not nearly as scary as their record suggests. don’t look a gift-horse in the mouth, and cut out the crappy sports cliches. you got beat up and down by a 1 win, shockingly unclutch team at home and somehow won a game by accidentally tripping over it. send smitty a thank you letter, but don’t act like like you didn’t wet your pants all afternoon.

  14. pilot2011 says: Oct 28, 2012 9:58 PM

    God I love Steve Smith. By far my favorite player in the NFL.

  15. wyrdawg says: Oct 28, 2012 10:07 PM

    This guys is a Bear killer. To see this? Sour grapes…

  16. chicagobtech says: Oct 28, 2012 11:00 PM

    @delhommed: A few years? Try seven years ago. And how many playoff games have the Panthers won since then? As it happens it’s the same number of touchdowns Steve Smith had today.

    Yeah, great. Steve Smith puts up big yards against the Bears. He fell down today when he needed to stand tall. The man who lined up against him all day scored more touchdowns than he did. He was a non-issue today. His comments after the game are the definition of “sour grapes”.

  17. larryboodry says: Oct 28, 2012 11:13 PM

    delhommed says: Oct 28, 2012 9:38 PM

    “shut up Bears fans. You will lose in the wildcard round of playoffs, so these wins don’t mean anything. In defense of smith, what happened when he came to Chicago in the playoffs a few years back?”

    Actually, nothing…Steve Smith has never faced the Bears in the playoffs, and despite 565 yds. receiving against us in 4 regular season games, he has 0 TDs and a 1-3 record, the only Panthers win coming in ’02 when he ‘only’ had 97 yards…In ’05, he had 169 yards, Bears still won 13-3…Last year he had 181 yards while the Panthers lost 34-29.

    It’s all stats, he has not helped with a single TD catch, and the one Panthers win he played in was ten freakin’ years ago.

    So tell me, who should really shut up?

  18. CKL says: Oct 29, 2012 3:00 AM

    delhommed says:
    Oct 28, 2012 9:38 PM
    In defense of smith, what happened when he came to Chicago in the playoffs a few years back?
    _________________________________
    What happened? He had a QB with about a quarter of the physical skills of your current one who nonetheless could close out games most of the time even when the D didn’t play that well.

    Nahhhh…judging by your username you didn’t appreciate that guy either. Probably think SS “made” him. Truth is he was the first last and only QB you’ve ever had who could handle SS.

  19. Foresight2012 says: Oct 29, 2012 7:14 AM

    metalhead65 says:
    Oct 28, 2012 6:09 PM
    maybe if smith and the panthers put the effort into all their games as they do when they play the bears they might not suck. you can have all the stats you want stevie the Bears will take the W!

    ______________________________

    Uh……. with the exception of the Giants game this year, they do. Five of the six losses have been decided by 6 points or less, with 2 of the losses coming to game winning field goals as time expired. They put the same amount of effort in this one as they did in most of their previous games. The real problem with the Panthers is they lack clutch players, coaches, and staff on both offense and defense.

  20. chi01town says: Oct 29, 2012 8:06 AM

    Say what you want packers fans…
    Chicago is 6-1 and still in the pent house looking down at Greenbay. so go on praying for other teams to help you catch up with Chicago. Its NOT going to well right now is it?

  21. mack2x says: Oct 29, 2012 8:57 AM

    Wow, bears get lucky again. Lousiest 6-1 team I’ve ever seen. Pretend all you want bear fans, but no way this team makes it past their first playoff game.

  22. comeonnowguys says: Oct 29, 2012 2:49 PM

    Tasty, tasty tears. Keep them coming.

  23. jgedgar70 says: Oct 29, 2012 3:10 PM

    melikefootball says:
    Oct 28, 2012 8:27 PM
    Smith needs to go back to that anger managment…. soon is going to explode on his own team.
    _____
    He already has, just that no one cares nationally (with good reason). He called out the locker room as a whole, mentioning the losing culture we have after yesterday’s game.

  24. larryboodry says: Oct 29, 2012 3:40 PM

    Oops…Guess I blocked out that playoff game after the ’05 season when Smith ran wild against our ‘D’…My bad.

  25. sowcrates says: Oct 29, 2012 6:03 PM

    Seems like everybody whose team loses to the Bears becomes an expert at identifying how lucky a team’s wins are…

  26. beefbus says: Oct 31, 2012 6:48 PM

    Right, the Bears are lucky…blah, blah, blah.

    You slipped, fell, and your team lost because you blundered when they needed you the most. Smith is the biggest punk in the NFL.

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