While the Bengals scored a touchdown on their first series in third quarter expanding their lead to 21-10, the Bears appeared to have been finding consistency on offense.
Matt Forte rushed for a touchdown late in the third quarter, then early in the fourth quarter, Jay Cutler had the Bears’ offense driving. The drive, however, was quickly halted when the Bears’ quarterback tossed an interception to Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict.
As the defense was prone to do in 2012, they came to the support Cutler and the offense once again. After the Cutler interception, Bears’ cornerback Tim Jennings recovered his own forced fumble giving the ball back to the Bears’ offense.
Cutler and the Bears offense took advantage of the turnover. The key play in the series for the Bears’ offense was a fourth and inches conversion by running back Matt Forte. After the conversion, Cutler tossed his second touchdown of the game to wide receiver Brandon Marshall giving the Bears a 24-21 lead.
As the case throughout most of the game, Cutler had plenty of time to throw on his touchdown to Marshall. The Bears offensive line succeeded in pass protection against the Bengals defense on Sunday.
After a quick three-and-out by the Bengals, the Bears’ offense got the ball back with little under 6 minutes left in the game.
The Bengals were without a timeout after using all three of their timeouts earlier in the second half, and the Bears took advantage of that benefit. The Bengals never touched the ball on offense again as the Bears’ offense, with a series of first downs, killed the remaining minutes of the quarter and sealed a 24-21 victory.
One of the keys to the games for the Bears was adjustments. The Bears offense adjusted in the second half and scored an uncontested 14 straight points in the second half. On offense and defense, the Bears made adjustments and the Bengals were unable to respond.
Marc Trestman became the fourth Bears coach in franchise history to win in his regular season debut.