Bears stun Chiefs with late rally

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For the second straight week, Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler led the Bears on a game-winning scoring drive, connecting with Matt Forte on a 7-yard scoring pass with 18 seconds left to push the Bears past Kansas City 18-17 on a warm autumn day at Arrowhead. The Bears move to 2-3 while the disappointing Chiefs fall to 1-4.

On the decisive play, Cutler shook off a bobbled snap and had enough presence to spot Forte matched up with a defender in the endzone. As he was hit, Cutler lofted a pass that Forte caught over the shoulder to cap a frenetic fourth quarter.

The Chiefs last gasp came on a 66-yard field goal attempt by kicker Cairo Santos, who made 7 field goals in KC’s loss to Cincinnati last week, that sailed wide right.

Playing with a retooled offensive line and missing his top two receivers, Cutler demonstrated the late poise so often missing in previous seasons, guiding a makeshift offense that relied on third-year WR Marquess Wilson and rookie undrafted free agent Cameron Meredith to make big catches down the stretch. With TE Martellus Bennett struggling, the unheralded group of receivers stepped up, something not lost on their field general.

”I knew we needed to make some plays in the fourth quarter. I trust the guys around me,” said Cutler, who was making his second start after a hamstring injury. ”I know all I’ve got to do is get the ball out to them and they’ll do most of the hard work.”

Cutler finished 26-of-45 for 252 yards, including a pinpoint 22-yard strike to Wilson earlier in the fourth quarter to cut the Kansas City lead to 17-12.

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Forte added 71 hard earned yards on 18 carries on a aggressive Chiefs defense that appeared to have the upper hand through the game’s first three quarters.

Kansas City jumped in front when DL Jaye Howard sacked Cutler in the endzone and Chiefs teammate Ramik Wilson jumped on Cutler’s fumble.

It looked to be a long afternoon as the Bears slogged through the first half with only Robbie Gould’s 44-yard field goal to show for it.

However, trailing 17-3 midway through the third, the Bears Pernell McPhee blo

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cked Santos’ field goal attempt, giving the Bears new life. Chicago strung together a 11-play, 73-yard drive which culminated in Gould’s 30-yard field goal.

A Bears defense that was susceptible to the run on a 80 degree day caught a break when Chiefs stud RB Jamaal Charles left the game with a serious knee injury on the play proceeding McPhee’s block. After that, the defense clamped down, limiting the Chiefs to three-and-outs while the offense took over.

With two consecutive wins, the Bears try to build momentum before hitting their bye with a trip next Sunday to face the winless, but dangerous Lions in Detroit.

Bear Tracks: Gould became the Bears all-time leader in points scored, surpassing Kevin Butler….The Bears defense collected three sacks of Smith….Injuries again reared its ugly head, as the Bears lost LB Shea McClellin (leg), RB Jacquizz Rodgers (elbow), and CB Terrance Mitchell (hamstring) throughout the contest….Besides McPhee, fellow OLB Sam Acho turned in a strong performance….The Bears welcomed back DL Jeremiah Ratliff  back to action after serving a four-game NFL suspension.

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