The Bears played the San Diego Chargers tonight in San Diego. In another gut-wrenching, near heartbreak game, the Bears managed to surge ahead of the Chargers in the final 4 minutes and hold onto a 22-19 lead. While the talk on ESPN and the talking heads across the country was all the injuries the Chargers had, the Bears were able to overcome just as much, plus win the football game. No Matt Forte, no 3 offensive lineman, no Shea McClellin, no Eddie Royal, no Kevin White. No reliable field goal kicking by one of the best in NFL history in Robbie Gould, who had a rare bad game tonight in missing 2 field goals. All the obstacles didn’t matter as Jay Cutler lead another come from behind victory on the road in San Diego.
Cutler was 27 of 40 for 345 with 2 touchdowns and an interception return for a touchdown. Cutler for the most part was brilliant despite having Alshon Jeffrey give up on a route in the second quarter that was returned for a touchdown, Cutler actually stepped in in primetime and on Monday night. Cutler lead the Bears down the field down with the team down 14-19 on a 10-play, 80 yard drive capped off by a one-handed touchdown catch by Zach Miller in the end zone.
The Bears defense appeared to have an advantage in this game after the Chargers lost wide receiver Malcolm Floyd in the first quarter to a shoulder injury. The Bears then only then had to overcome Stevie Johnson, Antonio Gates and a bunch of practice squad receivers on San Diego to take advantage and hang around long enough to get the victory. Phillip Rivers was 26 of 42 for 280 yards and a touchdown and was plagued by numerous drops and bad routes by the San Diego receivers. The Chargers still had a chance with 3:19 to go after the aforementioned touchdown to Miller from Cutler. But the Chargers faltered with Lamar Houston making his first two plays since last year and sacking Rivers twice on the last drive and knocking the Chargers out of game-tying field goal range.
Besides Cutler, the hero of this game should very well be Jeremy Langford, the Bears 4th round pick out of Michigan State. Langford ran 18 times for 72 yards and a touchdown, had 3 catches for 70 yards and also scored the games only two-point conversion. Langford and Ka’Deem Carey actually showed there might be life after Matt Forte if the Bears can not come to an agreement with the Bears pending free agent in the offseason.
The Bears can not celebrate too long as they travel to St. Louis to take on the 4-4 St. Louis Rams and arguably the league’s best defense on the road. It is a 12:00 kickoff Central time on Sunday.