NFL Game Summary - San Diego at Chicago|
(Sunday, November 20th)
Final Score: Chicago 31, San Diego 20
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jay Cutler threw for 286 yards and two
touchdowns while rushing for another score as Chicago took down San Diego,
31-20, at Soldier Field.
But it appears Cutler's season could be over. The Chicago Tribune reported
Sunday night that Cutler broke his right thumb and will miss six-to-eight
Chicago head coach Lovie Smith made no mention of the injury.
"Some bumps and bruises, but we came out of the game in pretty good shape,"
Johnny Knox posted 97 yards and a TD on only three receptions for the Bears
(7-3), who have won five straight and tied Detroit for second place in the NFC
Matt Forte racked up 59 yards rushing on 21 attempts, and Marion Barber added
a rushing score for the victors.
Philip Rivers completed 21-of-31 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns, but
was intercepted on two occasions as the Chargers (4-6) lost their fifth
"I think the Bears are an outstanding football team," said San Diego head
coach Norv Turner. "I thought they played at a real high level today. Through
most of the game, I thought we were able to match that, and we were going to
have a chance."
Vincent Jackson totaled game-highs of 165 yards and seven receptions with a
touchdown, and Antonio Gates notched a TD reception. It wasn't enough for San
Diego, which fell into the AFC West basement, one-half game behind Kansas
City, which plays on Monday night.
Jackson was on the receiving end of a five-yard scoring strike from Rivers to
cap San Diego's opening possession of the second half which forged a 17-all
deadlock, but Cutler capped the ensuing series with a one-yard run to put
Chicago back on top.
Ryan Mathews had the ball punched out from behind on the very next play from
scrimmage and Charles Tillman recovered at the Bolts' 37. Two plays later,
Cutler and Knox hooked up for a 24-yard touchdown and a 31-17 advantage.
Nick Novak delivered a 48-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth
quarter, and then the defenses stepped in to throw a kink in each club's
Chicago's next drive was halted after Aveion Cason picked off Cutler at his
own 20 and raced 64 yards to the Bears' 16. Rivers threw two incompletions
then was picked off in the end zone by Major Wright and Chicago took
over on its own 10 after an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty.
The Bears eventually reached the Chargers' 45 with 1:59 left but a fake punt
try on 4th-and-8 backfired when Adam Podlesh overthrew a wide-open Craig
All was well, however, after Corey Graham stepped in front of a Rivers pass
intended for Vincent Brown near midfield on the following down.
Cutler took a knee three times to run out the clock.
Each team traded scores in the opening quarter as Novak connected from 28
yards out and Robbie Gould made a 42-yarder.
Barber's one-yard scoring rush was countered by Gates' eight-yard TD reception
just prior to the two-minute warning.
But Chicago went into halftime ahead 17-10 after Kellen Davis hauled in an
four-yard pass from Cutler with 20 seconds to play.
Chicago has won seven of 12 all-time meetings with San Diego, including six of
seven since 1993...The Bears finished 8-of-14 on third-down conversions, and
the Chargers clicked on just 5-of-11...Rivers upped his NFL-worst interception
total to 17...Cutler posted his third game this season with two or more TD
passes, his first since October 23 at Tampa Bay.
11/21 01:31:05 ET