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View from the Press Box: Panthers at Bears

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Jay Cutler could not have said it better.

"It was a 'boo worthy' performance," Cutler said after Sunday's come from behind victory over the Carolina Panthers.

Through a first half that saw 6 sacks, 3 turnovers and 49 yards of total offense, Bears fans had every right to show their frustration with 'boo birds.' After vowing all week they weren't going to overlook one win Carolina, it took fourth quarter magic for the Bears to come away with another win.

Give credit to Ron Rivera and the Panthers. They were prepared to upset, and frankly should have. Carolina rolled up 400+ yards of total offense with Cam Newton throwing for 314 yards.

The Panthers outrushed, outpassed, and outplayed the Bears for just over 53 minutes until the 6:52 mark of the fourth when Cutler hit Kellen Davis in the end zone cutting into Carolina's lead 19-14. Literally, eight seconds later, Panthers receiver Steve Smith slipped, and Tim Jennings took advantage, recording his first career pick six.

"The receiver slipped and I knew that if I got the ball there was nothing but green and the end zone in front of me." It was the sixth pick six for the Bears this season, a new franchise record. More importantly it gave the Bears their first lead since the four minute mark of the first quarter.

But the Bears defense needed to hold Carolina. And they did, to another field goal. On a day when the Panthers seemed to have their way with the Bears, credit must be given to the defense for forcing field goals when a better team would have scored six. Five field goals for Carolina's Justin Medlock including a 45-yard go-ahead with less than three minutes to play gave the Panthers a 22-20 advantage.

Brandon Marshall said he was shaking because of both a whipping wind and the situation. But he looked at his quarterback and Cutler smiled and said "well, here we go." And go they went.

Cutler executed the 2-minute drill to perfection hitting 7 of 8 passes, covering 55 yards in nine plays. It left just enough time for Robbie Gould to line up for his 10th career game winning field goal. Showing the confidence the Bears had in him after Gould missed a 33 yard attempt just minutes earlier.

Gould was true as time expired and the Bears came away with a fifth straight win.

"I made a mistake. Fortunately I got another opportunity...winning a game in the NFL is hard to do. Well take 6-1," Gould said.

Lovie Smith echoed that stopping short of saying they won ugly or that they did or didn't deserve to win. He simply said, "we'll cherish this one."

They should.

"We played from behind and won. Last time we did that, we lost," Marshall pointed out.

The Bears hadn't been in a hole as bad as Sunday since Week 2 in Green Bay. And Sunday they showed fight. They didn't give up, or turn on each other. They fought through and came away with the win and now they have a full week to enjoy it. Playing on consecutive Sundays for the first time all season. But the tests will be tougher. Plenty to work on as they begin preparation for Tennessee next weekend.

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