Jay Cutler ran an efficient, productive offense in the first half — utilizing WRs, RBs and his TEide receivers — to take the Bears to a 24-14 lead. He finished 24-of-36 for 262 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs for a 106.5 passer rating.
RUNNING BACKS: (B)
Matt Forte did not have a breakout play but still was productive ont eh ground (19 carries, 67 yards) and in the air (6 catches, 44 yards). Tony Fiammetta had a 30-yard reception that led to a TD.
Brandon Marshall had 9 catches for 87 yards and 2 TDs, but Alshon Jeffery had just one catch for 27 yards — though it also led to a touchdown. TE Martellus Bennett added six catches for 68 yards..
OFFENSIVE LINE: (B)
Cutler was not sacked and the offense had 372 yards — 110 rushing and 262 passing. You can’t ask for much more than that — for now. A holding call on Roberto Garza wiped out a 19-yard gain by Matt Forte.
DEFENSIVE LINE: (C)
With Stephen Paea (toe) sitting out, the Bears were without their three best DTs. The Giants took advantage, with Brandon Jacobs (22 carries, 106 yards, 2 TDs) breaking off several long runs.
Lance Briggs (sack) played another stellar game. But injuries took their toll. MLB D.J. Williams suffered a chest injury tackling Jacobs in the second half and was replaced by rookie Jon Bostic.
DEFENSIVE BACKS: (B+)
Zack Bowman, playing for injured CB Charles Tillman, had an INT on the Giants’ first drive and Tim Jenning added two INTs, returning the first one 48 yards for a TD. Eli Manning had a 58.5 passer rating
SPECIAL TEAMS: (C)
Robbie Gould’s 52-yard FG was his 12th consecutive field goal of 50 yards or longer. Devin Hester’s longest KR was 28 yards. The Giants’ Jerrel Jernigan had a 46-yard KO return.
Marc Trestman’s fourth-down gamble on the first possession did not work. But the offense was good enough to give the Bears breathing room. And the defense was good enough to make it stand.