Final

Steelers 14

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Bears 17

(1-1, 1-0 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:15 PM ET, September 20, 2009

Soldier Field, Chicago, IL 

1 2 3 4 T
PIT 7 0 7 014
CHI 0 7 0 1017

Top Performers

Passing: J. Cutler (CHI) - 236 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: W. Parker (PIT) - 14 CAR, 47 YDS

Receiving: S. Holmes (PIT) - 5 REC, 83 YDS

Cutler, Bears capitalize on missed FGs to boot Steelers in Chicago

Associated Press

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.

Cutler vs. PIT 3-4
Winning drive Rest of game
Cmp-Att 4-4 12-19
Cmp pct 100 63.1
Yds/att 13.8 5.4
Pass rtg 118.8 77.1

Cutler made a big pass to Devin Hester, and Robbie Gould booted a 44-yard field goal with 15 seconds left to lift the Chicago Bears to a 17-14 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cutler hit rookie Johnny Knox with the tying touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. After Jeff Reed missed his second field goal of the period, a 43-yarder, Cutler helped set up Gould's winning kick with a 5-yard pass to Hester on third-and-4 at the Steelers 39 that kept the winning drive going.

"I always hope to get a chance," Cutler said. "I always think we're going to get a chance if it's 3 minutes or if it's 30 seconds. All we want is a shot."

Wojciechowski: Redemption

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

Both teams were missing their defensive stars, with Chicago's Brian Urlacher out for the rest of the season with a dislocated right wrist and the Steelers' Troy Polamalu out three to six weeks with a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee. The Bears also saw defensive end Alex Brown get helped off the field with a sprained left ankle with just over four minutes remaining after collecting two sacks.

Cutler, however, came through like a star on a rainy afternoon in which he was pressured and had several passes dropped. Despite all that, his first home game with the Bears (1-1) was a big improvement over his debut with them.

He finished with 236 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions, after being picked off a career-high four times in a season-opening loss at Green Bay. Knox, a rookie, was impressive, too, with six catches for 70 yards.

That was enough to beat the defending champions and offset solid performances by Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes.

Fast Facts

• 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.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

"In the face of pressure he made great decisions, put the ball in some good locations and guys converted third downs," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "They did enough to win, we didn't. We accept responsibility for that."

Roethlisberger threw for 221 yards and Holmes caught five passes for 83, yet Reed's problems in the fourth quarter gave the Bears the opening they needed.

"I'm just embarrassed, you know, because these guys fight their tails off to win the game," Reed said. "If there is one player that can single-handedly lose the game, I'll take credit for it."

The Steelers weren't about to do that.

"Not even a blink in our eyes that we're concerned about what Jeff did," Holmes said.

Roethlisberger gave the Steelers (1-1) a 14-7 lead midway through the third quarter when he ran it in from the 2, leaping over a lunging Danieal Manning, after Skokie native and Illinois product Rashard Mendenhall broke off a 39-yard run. After hitting the winner in overtime against Tennessee, Reed missed a 38-yard try that would have made it a 10-point game in the fourth.

The Bears quickly responded.

Cutler, whose arrival in a trade with Denver sent expectations in Chicago soaring, hit tight end Greg Olsen on a 29-yard pass to put the ball on the Pittsburgh 23, and finished the drive with a 7-yarder to Knox, who beat Polamalu's fill-in Tyrone Carter to tie it at 14 with 6:21 left, a neat sequence on an ugly afternoon.

There were large seams on the field after it was re-sodded following back-to-back U2 concerts the previous weekend, a short turnaround that left Bears players singing a familiar tune about the surface at the stadium owned by the Chicago Parks District.

There was a noticeable groan when Olsen slipped trying to make a catch in the end zone on a rain-slicked field late in the second quarter, but the crowd roared a few plays later when Kellen Davis caught a 6-yard pass from Cutler to tie it at 7 with 19 seconds left in the half. Of course, the biggest cheers came at the end.

"You don't really think about missing kicks," Gould said, "because when you do that you're going to miss kicks."

Game notes


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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PIT
CHI
1st Downs2117
Passing 1st downs
1313
Rushing 1st downs
72
1st downs from penalties
12
3rd down efficiency
6-127-14
4th down efficiency
1-10-0
Total Plays5957
Total Yards308275
Yards per play5.24.8
Total Drives910
Passing203231
Comp-Att
23-3527-38
Yards per pass
5.55.8
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-182-5
Rushing10544
Rushing Attempts
2217
Yards per rush
4.82.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-32-2
Penalties6-5210-80
Turnovers20
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession30:2629:34

Passing Leaders

PITC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Roethlisberger23/352216.3112-18
CHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Cutler27/382366.2202-5

Rushing Leaders

PITCARYDSAVGTDLG
Parker14473.4013
Mendenhall33913.0039
CHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Forte13292.205
Peterson3165.3015

Receiving Leaders

PITRECYDSAVGTDLG
Holmes58316.6024
Ward6579.5021
CHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Knox67011.7122
Olsen34113.7029

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPITCHI
pitTD5:02Matt Spaeth 1 Yard Pass From Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed Kick is Good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 92 yds, 8:03
70
SECOND QUARTERPITCHI
chiTD0:23Kellen Davis 6 Yard Pass From Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould Kick is Good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 97 yds, 5:57
77
THIRD QUARTERPITCHI
pitTD5:31Ben Roethlisberger 2 Yard Run (Jeff Reed Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 69 yds, 1:30
147
FOURTH QUARTERPITCHI
chiTD6:25Johnny Knox 7 Yard Pass From Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 72 yds, 5:16
1414
chiFG0:20Robbie Gould 44 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 41 yds, 3:03
1417