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Chicago Bears Come Back from 11 Points Down to Beat Cincinnati Bengals

September 8th, 2013 at 3:46 PM
By Evan Fitzgerald

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Jay Cutler hasn't been known for second-half comebacks in his Chicago Bears career, but that could be changing after he led his team back from an 11-point deficit to beat the Cincinnati Bengals in the season opener.

Cutler completed 21 of 33 passes, for 242 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.  The key drives came when the Bears were down by double digits.  Cutler led the Bears on a nine play, 80-yard drive late in the third quarter that culminated in a Matt Forte one-yard touchdown run to cut the Bengal lead to 21-17.

But it was his eight play, 81-yard drive that ended in a 19-yard touchdown strike to Brandon Marshall that iced the comeback.  Marshall finished with eight catches and 104 yards receiving to lead Chicago.

The Bear defense was typically opportunistic.  Charles Tillman came away with a pair of interceptions, and Tim Jennings made a fantastic play to force a fumble by Mohamed Sanu, that led to the Bears final scoring drive.

The win started the head coaching career of Marc Trestman on the right foot, but the team has plenty of room for improvement heading in to week two.



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Tags: Brandon Marshall, Charles Tillman, Chicago, Chicago Bears, Football, Jay Cutler, Marc Trestman, NFL

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