Jay Cutler Leads Chicago Bears Over Philadelphia Eagles, 30-24, on ‘Monday Night Football’
Jay Cutler threw a 5-yard go-ahead touchdown pass to Earl Bennett early in the fourth quarter, and the Chicago Bears held on to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 30-24 on Monday night .
Cutler completed all four of his pass attempts for 47 yards on the go-ahead drive, including the scoring toss to Bennett. Chicago (5-3) later added a 22-yard field goal from Robbie Gould and held Philadelphia (3-5) a yard short of a first down at the Bears’ 29-yard line with 1:48 to play to seal the victory.
Bears’ running back Matt Forte made up for two costly fumbles by rushing for 133 yards. Cutler passed for 208 yards and two touchdowns, while Bennett had five receptions for 95 yards and the go-ahead score for Chicago.
Down 17-10 at the half, Philadelphia tied the game on a 15-play, 80-yard drive to start the third quarter, which was capped by a 4-yard touchdown run by Ronnie Brown. Forte fumbled on the Bears’ next possession. Mike Patterson recovered for the Eagles, who went up seven points after LeSean McCoy ran for a 33-yard touchdown two plays later. McCoy carried 16 times for 71 yards and the score for Philadelphia.
Chicago led 10-3 with just under two minutes to play in the first half, when Philadelphia drew even. Linebacker Brian Rolle recovered a Forte fumble on a screen pass and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown with 1:38 left before intermission.
Chicago was forced to kick after the ensuing drive stalled, but Eagles’ returner DeSean Jackson fumbled away the punt, giving the Bears possession at the Philadelphia 9-yard line. Bears’ running back Marion Barber scored on a 2-yard run a few plays later to make it 17-10.