4:15 PM ET, September 20, 2009
Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
Cutler, Bears capitalize on missed FGs to boot Steelers in Chicago
CHICAGO -- Hounded in the opener and harassed in the early going again Sunday, Jay Cutler simply wanted a shot at redemption. He got it and finally lived up to his lofty billing.
Making The Cutler
Jay Cutler was at his best against the tough Steelers 3-4 defense on the final drive.
|Winning drive||Rest of game|
Just days after a nightmarish outing in a loss to the Packers, the Bears' QB resembled the signal-caller his team hoped for in directing a Sunday upset of the Steelers, writes Gene Wojciechowski. Story
• Robbie Gould kicked a game-winning field goal with 15 seconds left to give the Bears their first win of the season.
• The Steelers came up short in their first trip to Chicago since 1995.
• Pittsburgh had won its previous three meetings with the Bears.
• Jay Cutler threw for 236 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions after throwing four picks in the Bears' season-opening loss to the Packers.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Chicago's Nick Roach started at LB for Pisa Tinoisamoa, who was out with a sprained knee, while TE Desmond Clark also missed the game with a rib injury. ... The Bears also reshuffled their secondary, with Zack Bowman starting at CB for Nathan Vasher and Manning getting the nod at FS over Kevin Payne. ... Besides Polamalu, the Steelers were also without WR Limas Sweed because of a sprained foot. ... The Steelers had 119 yards to the Bears' 11 in the first quarter.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.2||4.8|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-3||2-2|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||5:02||Matt Spaeth 1 Yard Pass From Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 92 yds, 8:03
|TD||0:23||Kellen Davis 6 Yard Pass From Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 97 yds, 5:57
|TD||5:31||Ben Roethlisberger 2 Yard Run (Jeff Reed Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 69 yds, 1:30
|TD||6:25||Johnny Knox 7 Yard Pass From Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 72 yds, 5:16
|FG||0:20||Robbie Gould 44 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 8 plays, 41 yds, 3:03