The Bears’ defense was dominant yet again, forcing 4 turnovers, notching 3 sacks, and holding Detroit to a meaningless TD with 30 seconds left. The offense had a mediocre night, mustering only 6 points after scoring a TD on the first drive of the game. Thankfully, it didn’t matter, as Chicago’s defense took the ball away from Detroit all three times they entered the red zone.
Game Ball: offense
This clearly belongs to Brandon Marshall, who had another magnificent night. He caught six of his 10 targets for 81 yards and a TD, continuing his strong 2012 season.
Game Ball: defense
Charles Tillman was masterful lining up against Calvin Johnson all night. He held Johnson to 3 catches on 11 targets for 34 yards. Chicago even left Tillman 1-on-1 against Johnson on the goal-line for two consecutive plays, an extremely difficult position to be in. Tillman got a pass interference on the first and punched the ball out of Johnson’s hand the second time. Tillman also punched the ball out of TE Brandon Pettigrew’s hands twice.
This goes to the offensive line, which squandered a solid start to notch several penalties and give up 5 sacks, including a vicious hit by Ndamukong Suh on Jay Cutler that made him briefly leave the game. Honorable mention goes to OC Mike Tice, who squandered a 1st and goal at the 3-yard line by throwing the ball 3 times in a row.
Chicago got a little beat up in this game. Jay Cutler left briefly with bruised ribs. Matt Forte suffered an undisclosed arm injury and missed most of the 4th quarter, although he did return.
Chicago takes on the struggling Carolina Panthers (1-5) at home next Sunday, where they will look to continue their 4-game win streak and maintain their spot atop the NFC North.