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Bears hold off Buccaneers fourth quarter burst; prevail 24-18

Bears running back Forte ran for 145 yards and a touchdown and the Bears held on to beat the Buccaneers 24-18 on Sunday in the fifth annual NFL regular season game at Wembley Stadium.

Jay Cutler threw for 226 yards and a touchdown and the Bears (4-3) intercepted Josh Freeman four times for their second win in a row. The Buccaneers (4-3) lost for the second time in three years in London.

Freeman threw two TD passes in the fourth quarter to pull the Bucs within three points with just over 7 minutes left. But, after a 25-yard field goal by Chicago’s Robbie Gould, Freeman was picked off for the fourth time with 37 seconds left by D.J. Moore to end the comeback threat.



  1. bob

    October 24, 2011 at 1:52 am

    Great first half. Ty Forte for being awesome, Pay Him!

    We still have some things to clean up so its nice to have the bye week. Cutler ok, 2 int tho. Will Gabe and Bennett be back by Eagles?

    Roy Williams is getting involved which is nice. He had a nice block on Forte TD run and had his own TD. A wide open drop and a bobble that was almost intercepted on a crucial 3rd down not good, especially when he laughs it off like this is a backyard pick up game. Trying to look at it as glass half full but this guy bothers me.
    Conte looked good, nice rip on his INT. Harris missed a pretty easy looking pick a few plays before Conte saved the day and was out of position on their late TD pass. His play has really fallen off from last year. DJ Moore is a play maker, get him on the field as much as possible.
    Line and LB crew looking better. We definetly benefitted from Earnest Graham going down early and Blount being out. Missing those two threw a wrench in Bucs run game.

    Looks like Pack running away with the division, so looks like we basically rooting for them in their two games vs Detroit. Detroit falling apart post coach fight? I think the 5-0 hype is over and their second half is super tough, Bears at our house, packX2, NO, Chargers, plus Carolina and Vikings not push overs, especially late in the season. I predict they fall off and either Atlanta or TB steal the other Wild Card with us. GB, NO, SF and Giants division winners with Bears and TB/Atlanta Wild cards?

  2. Russ Loede

    October 24, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I had a feeling we would take advantage of an undersized Buc front seven – and we did just that. Give kudos to the OL, they deserve it for once. Really like our play calls and the array of runs dialed up for Matt.

    Yards after contact, whether it be making a man miss or breaking tackles, Forte could be the second-best back in the league behind Adrian. Either him or Foster.

    Still not a fan of Williams. But like you said, glass half full, so, I’ll take the good with the bad. Why not? Until Earl Bennett returns, which he and Gabe should Week 9 at Philly on Monday night, you have to play him and see what he has.

    How about Hester and Knox making key first down snags? The two are improving and Dane is doing work on the quick outs – I am so impressed!

    Conte! Kid’s a player. Eye test. As for Harris, he has lost a step. Get better, Major, we need you.

    D.J. Moore: been a believer in him since Day 1. Just needed a chance to shine. Ballhawk. Nickel corner is a big-time position nowadays. For slot coverage, roaming as a blitzer, and then faking the blitz and dropping back for potential picks.

    Luck (not Andrew) is on our side, and I’ll surely take it!

    Packers have the look of a dynasty. Scary good. Christmas night in Lambeau will be a chance for redemption.

    I said it from the beginning, when the Lions were 5-0, and will say it again: they will not make the Playoffs. Too one-dimensional on offense and Staff is hurt once again.

    With that said, ATL/Tampa next to our Bears for the final Wild Card spot, I like it. Yet, on the flip side, whoever doesn’t win the NFC East, will be fighting with us and the Falcons/Bucs for that final berth. Dallas is still a legit contender, we will find out about Philly when we play ’em in two weeks, and the Giants are always there and are 4-2.

    Much-needed Bye week – let’s get healthy!

  3. bob

    October 24, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Hate looking to far ahead but our schedule looks pretty favorable for second half. We still have Pack, Chargers and our other divisional games but eagles, raiders, chiefs, broncos, seahawks looks really nice and are games we should be favored to win.

    O-line did look good again, it would be nice to have better push on short yardage. The Safety and a 3rd and 1 late in the game were disapointing. A TD instead of FG would have put it away without the late drama.

    Dane does all the small things too, little man has been in on some nice blocks down field.

    I would take NY over Dallas at this point, plus Dallas always finds a way to blow it but we will see.

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