Jay Cutler was disappointing when he was healthy: 3-for-8 for 28 yards and a pick-6. But Josh McCown was outstanding in relief. He was 14-for-19 for 204 yards, 1 TD and 0 INTs, rallying the Bears to a 41-38 lead.
RUNNING BACKS (A-)
Matt Forte struggled early (4 carries, 9 yards in the first half) but ended up with 82 yards on 12 carries and 3 TDs, including a 50-yard run. Michael Bush did not play.
Brandon Marshall (6-75) and Alshon Jeffery (4-105)helped Josh McCown with some big catches in the second half. TE Martellus Bennett had a 7-yard TD. Earl Bennett had 3 catches for 24 yards.
OFFENSIVE LINE (A-)
The Bears’ offense had 359 yards, 34 points, 140 yards rushing (6.4 per carry) and two sacks allowed. That should be enough to win. O-line had no penalties, but the lone sack of Cutler was particularly painful.
DEFENSIVE LINE (D)
Robert Griffin III is a tough guy to corral. Julius Peppers had 7 tackles but no difference-making plays. David Bass made another nice play with a tackle for an 11-yard loss that led to a punt.
Lance Briggs had 8 tackles, a tackle for loss and two pass breakups until he was hurt. James Anderson had a technical sack. Jon Bostic made 8 tackles but no big plays.
Charles Tillman is the fifth Bears player to win the Man of the Year Award, following Jim Flanigan (2000), Mike Singletary (1990), Dave Duerson (1987) and the great Walter Payton (1977). | AP
SPECIAL TEAMS (A-)
Devin Hester had an 81-yard punt return TD. Robbie Gould missed a 34-yard FG that could have made a difference. The Bears recovered an onside kick, but it was nullified by a bogus penalty.
Cutler didn’t start well after having 10 days to prepare, but McCown gave the Bears what they needed after Cutler was injured. Defense allowed Griffin to beat them with his legs and his arm.