Dec 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Bears cornerback Zack Bowman (38) celebrates with cornerbackTim Jennings
(26) after intercepting a pass and scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Bears play a pivotal game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. This is your one-stop shop to follow the game and digest everything that has taken place on this Sunday.
12:01: The Bears have lost the toss and the Browns have elected the defer. Meaning the Bears will receiver the ball to begin the game. All eyes on quarterback Jay Cutler.
12:09: And it begins. On the first offensive series for the Bears offense, Cutler was picked off in the end-zone. On the play, Cutler targeted wide receiver Brandon Marshall while in triple coverage.
12:17: The Browns wasted no time in taking advantage of the Cutler interception. Browns kicker Billy Cundiff kicked a field on the Browns first offensive possession of the game. Browns lead 3-0 over the Bears.
The focus will be on Cutler even more. After throwing an interception on the first offensive series for the Bears, Cutler needs to play above his mistakes. Something the quarterback did when healthy earlier in the season.
12:33: If the first drive for the Bears offense was the negative side of Cutler, the second drive was the positives. On the series, Cutler completed all of his throws while showing excellent movement in the pocket. That being said, the drive stalled in the red-zone as the Bears were forced to settle for a Robbie Gould field goal. Bears and Browns tied at 3.
12:45: The Bears may have taken the momentum completely away from the Browns. Following the Bears field goal, Browns quarterback Jason Campbell was picked by Bears cornerback Zack Bowman. Campbell appeared to have thrown the ball directly into the hands of Bowman.
12:47: The Bears offense was not able to take advantage of the interception as the Browns defense forced a three-and-out. For the first time in the game, the Bears offense faced resistance from the Browns defense.
12:53: The controversy may be on in Chicago. For the second time in the game, Cutler was picked off. The interception of Cutler was returned for a touchdown. Browns lead 10 to 3 over the Bears.
Does Trestman stick with Cutler or pull the quarterback in favor of Josh McCown?
1:00: Cutler is still at the quarterback position for the Bears. Cutler and the Bears offense did manage to get the team in field goal position, however, consecutive penalties put the Bears out of range of the field goal. Bears still trail the Browns 10 to 3.
1:20: After a tough start to the second quarter for Cutler, the quarterback bounced back in the two-minute drive for the team. On the drive, Cutler connected on a 41-yard pass to Marshall to bring the Bears in the red-zone. After a completion to wide receiver Earl Bennett, Cutler then connected with Marshall once more for a touchdown. The Bears and Browns are tied at 10.
1:26: At half-time, the Bears and Browns are tied at 10.
In the first half, Cutler was 13-of-19 passing for 168 passing yards to go along with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions.
1:43: Browns quarterback Jason Campbell continues to think he still is a member of the Bears. For the second time in the game, Campbell threw a ball directly into the hands of Bears cornerback Zack Bowman. Bowman returned the interception for a touchdown. The touchdown gives the Bears a 17-10 lead.
1:53: The Browns offense responded nicely after the Campbell interception. On the series, the Browns discovered that the Bears can not defend the run.Nonetheless, Browns running back Edwin Backer rushed in the end-zone for his first career touchdown. Baker’s touchdown tied the game between the Bears and Browns at 17.
2:08: The Browns defense continues to take advantage of turnovers. The latest turnover from the Bears came when tight end Martellus Bennett fumbled after trying to extend a third down play for a first down. The fumble was returned by the Browns for a touchdown. Browns lead the Bears 24-17.
2:13: To say that the Bears have looked lifeless in the second half would be an underestimate. With the Bears down a touchdown and the fourth quarter looming, the Bears need to make a play to get the momentum back on their side. If not, the Browns may be preparing the dagger.
2:23: The Bears playoff chances may be 15 minutes from being over. The game between the Bears and Browns enters the fourth quarter and the Browns lead by a touchdown. The Browns also enter the fourth quarter with the ball and in Bears territory.
2:28: The Bears defense managed to keep the Browns from scoring on the drive and the ball is once again in the hands of Cutler and the Bears offense. The Bears still trail by a touchdown.
Could Mr. Fourth Quarter reclaim his title?
2:40: Alshon Jeffery has entered this game. After a pair of defensive penalties on the Browns put the Bears offense around mid-field, Cutler targeted and connected on a 45-yard pass with Jeffery that went for a touchdown. The touchdown tied the game between the Bears and Browns at 24.
2:54: Cutler is living up to his Mr. Fourth Quarter billing. For the second straight time in the fourth quarter, Cutler has led a touchdown drive for the Bears offense. Cutler connected with Earl Bennett on a 4-yard pass for a touchdown. The touchdown gives the Bears a 31-24 lead in the fourth quarter.
3:o5: On the third consecutive offensive series, the Bears have scored a touchdown. Bears running back Michael Bush reached the end-zone on a 40-yard run. The touchdown gave the Bears a 38-24 lead.
The Browns would add a late fourth quarter touchdown, but the Bears came away with a 38-31 victory over the Browns on Sunday.
After a rusty first half that featured two interceptions, Cutler showed in the second half why he is the unquestioned starting quarterback of the Bears. In the fourth quarter specifically, Cutler led three straight touchdown drives in the fourth quarter that brought the Bears from being down a touchdown to being up two touchdowns.
Cutler finished the day completing 22 of his 31 passes for a total of 265 yards to go along with 3 touchdown passes and 2 interceptions.
With the victory, the Bears now need to root for the Ravens on Monday night against the Detroit Lions. If the Lions lose to the Ravens on Monday, the Bears will have sole possession of first place in the NFC North.