Walking into the locker room at halftime of the Chicago Bears game Sunday vs. the Carolina Panthers, quarterback Jay Cutler received plenty of booing from the home town crowd as they wouldn't call themselves thrilled with the poor first half performance.
Chicago was down 13-7, Cutler had been sacked six times, threw an interception and lost two fumbles. Some may have thought that his quarterback rating of 18.1 would've been too high.
Cutler admitted that he and the offensive unit as a whole deserved that treatment from the Soldier Field crowd.
"I'd boo us, too," he said. "I told those guys it was a boo-worthy performance, if you will. It's pathetic offensively what we put out there. It wasn't up to standard product-wise. So we've got to get better. We know that, the fans know that."
Those thoughts of the quarterback were an afterthought at the conclusion of this game. Cutler must've been motivated by the crowd as he showed up to play on the teams' final drive.
Cutler completed six of seven passes, for 55 yards to set up Robbie Gould's game-winning 41-yard field goal.
"The part that I can really remember — a lot of things are going through my head — is that last drive," head coach Lovie Smith said. "When you're a great quarterback, most of the time in the league it's going to come down, no matter what happens early on — (to) what you do in the fourth quarter, what you do with two minutes left to go in the game."
On the final drive, Cutler took advantage of Carolina's soft coverage because of the up tempo offense. Although he realizes that he didn't play well, this game serves as a valuable lesson for fans.
A successful season will feature some ugly wins. As long as they're wins, everyone is happy in the end.
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