Bears Beat Chargers 22-19
Cutler leads late comeback, Miller makes amazing TD catch
The Chicago Bears scored 15 points in the fourth quarter to rally for a 3-point win under the Monday night lights at Qualcomm Stadium. Jay Cutler's two touchdown passes gave him 139 as a Bear, breaking the franchise record previously held by Hall of Famer Sid Luckman. Rookie running back Jeremy Langford, playing for the injured Matt Forte, proved he was up to the task. Langford finished with 18 carries for 72 yards and a rushing touchdown, plus three catches for 70 yards.
“We were doing some good stuff out there and we had a pretty good beat on what they were doing so it was just a matter of us finishing drives.”
Unheralded Zach Miller came up with the play of the game. His one-handed, leaping touchdown reception with less than four minutes to play gave the Bears their first lead of the night.
The Bears comeback followed a dismal first half. Robbie Gould uncharacteristically missed two field goals, and Cutler lost a fumble and threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown.
The Bears (3-5) handed the Chargers (2-7) their fifth straight loss.
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Bears Head Coach John Fox
On Zach Miller’s touchdown: “It was a great one-handed catch. The guy has been a great leader in his position room and on the offense. He’s been healthy which helps. It was a tremendous catch in a time that we needed it.”
On what Alshon Jeffery means to Cutler: “He’s a big time receiver. Again, this is our first year with him. It started a little slow with nagging injuries. He worked very hard to get back and he’s been a big part of our offense in the last three games. It sure helps when you have that kind of player out there.”
Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler
On how the team adjusted to play better in the second half: “We were killing ourselves. We had the pick-six, we had the fumble, we had personal fouls and we were just taking points off of the board. At halftime we talked about sustaining drives, not hurting ourselves, eating up yards, and being efficient. We were doing some good stuff out there and we had a pretty good beat on what they were doing so it was just a matter of us finishing drives.”
• Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has 414 receiving yards in three games since returning from a hamstring injury.
• Tight end Martellus Bennett had eight catches for 57 yards and one touchdown, allowing him to reach the 200-catch and 2,000-receiving-yard marks in his Bears career.
• Linebacker Lamarr Houston recorded two sacks on the Bear’s final defensive drive. It was the first multi-sack game of Houston’s career in his 80th NFL game.
Rookie tackle Tayo Fabuluje has been suspended without pay for the team’s next four games for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. His suspension begins immediately. Fabuluje will be eligible to return to the Bears’ active roster on Dec. 7 following the team’s Dec. 6 game against the San Francisco 49ers.