Chicago Bears overcome turnovers to defeat Minnesota Vikings, 31-30
- Updated: September 15, 2013
The Chicago Bears (2-0) turned the ball over four times, including three turnovers by quarterback Jay Cutler, but still managed to pull out a 31-30 over the Minnesota Vikings (0-1) in dramatic fashion. The Vikings dominated most of the second half and held a 30-24 lead after a Blair Walsh field goal with 3:17 left, but Jay Cutler found tight end Martellus Bennett in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown with 16 seconds left.
Martellus Bennett had a huge day for the Chicago Bears, recording seven catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall also had a big day with seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. Cornerback Tim Jennings returned an interception for a touchdown, while return man Devin Hester set a franchise record with 249 kickoff return yards on five returns.
The Chicago Bears special teams gave up a 105-yard touchdown to Cordarelle Patterson on the game’s opening kickoff.
Quarterback Jay Cutler had three turnovers, including two terrible interceptions that took away Chicago scoring opportunities and a bad fumble that was returned for a touchdown.
Running back Matt Forte added a lost fumble in the fourth quarter.
For the second week in a row, the defensive line struggled to get enough pressure on the quarterback, especially in the second half, when they let quarterback Christian Ponder get into a good rhythm against them.
Tight end Martellus Bennett briefly left the game in the first half, but he appeared to be fine and only missed a few plays. Safety Major Wright left the game after a big hit but cleared the concussion tests and returned in the second half.
The Chicago Bears will hit the road for the first time under head coach Marc Trestman next week as they head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers (0-1).
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