Bears score 10 unanswered points in the 4th quarter
The Chicago Bears capitalized on two missed Pittsburgh field goals, scoring 10 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to hand the defending Super Champions their first loss of the season.
Pittsburgh which held a 14-7 lead in the 4th quarter could not close out the game.
Jay Cutler led the Bears on two 4th quarter scoring drives, throwing a 7 yard touchdown pass to Johnny Knox at 6:25 in the 4th quarter and leading the Bears down the field on their game winning drive, setting up a Robbie Gould field goal (44 yards) with 15 seconds left in the game.
The leagues #1 defense in 2008 failed to make a key stop late in the game and could not slow down Cutler and the Bears in the 4th quarter. Cutler threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns.
As the game progressed, Cutler became much more comfortable, avoiding the Steelers blitz and using quick precise passes.
Cutler’s performance was enough to off-set the play of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Santonio Holmes.
Roethlisberger threw for 221 yards with 2 touchdowns (1 pass, 1 run) and one interception. Roethlisberger put the Steelers in position to win the game but Reed’s field goal misses of 38 yards and 43 yards will be the story of the game.
Santonio Holmes hauled in 5 receptions for 83 yards but did have three drops on the afternoon. Holmes leads the team with 14 receptions through the first two games of the season.
The Steelers running game provided a few big plays but lacked consistency for the most part. Rashard Mendenhall had 39 yard run in the 3rd quarter setting up a 2 yard Ben Roethlisberger touchdown run in the 3rd quarter.
Willie Parker rushed for 47 yards on 14 yards.
Roethlisberger led the Steelers 13 play – 92 yard touchdown drive on their first possession of the game.
The Steelers (1-1) travel to Cincinnati (1-1) in week 3. Kickoff is set for 4:15 p.m.
The Baltimore Ravens (2-0) have taken sole possession of first place in the AFC North. The Ravens defeated the San Diego Chargers 31-26.