Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 129 yards and a touchdown as the New York Giants knocked out Jay Cutler and knocked the Chicago Bears from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 17-3 victory Sunday night at the New Meadowlands Stadium.
Brandon Jacobs added a 2-yard touchdown run and the Giants’ defense sacked Cutler an NFL-record nine times in the first half and forced him out of the game with an apparent concussion.
New York (2-2) also knocked out Bears backup quarterback Todd Collins late in the game in handing Chicago (3-1) its first loss. The Bears had been the lone undefeated team in the NFC.
Eli Manning overcame a miserable first half to finish 18 of 30 for 195 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Hakeem Nicks had eight receptions for 110 yards, including a 30-yard catch to set up Jacobs’ touchdown with 4:31 to play.
New York’s defense dominated the entire game, recording 10 sacks overall and holding the Bears to 0-for-13 on third-down conversions.
Chicago did not surpass 100 total yards for the game until there was less than four minutes to play.
Bradshaw’s 3-yard run with 2:48 left in the third quarter accounted for the game’s first touchdown and gave the Giants a 10-0 lead.
The Bears capitalized on a fumble to finally get on the scoreboard on Robbie Gould’s 40-yard field goal with 10:58 to play. That cut the deficit to 10-3.
Cutler finished 8 of 11 for 42 yards. He was intercepted once and lost a fumble. Collins, who replaced Cutler to start the second half, was 4 for 11 for 36 yards and an interception.
The Giants held a 3-0 lead at halftime courtesy of Lawrence Tynes' 22-yard field goal with 3:29 left in the first quarter. The 11-play, 76-yard drive was the only sustained offense generated by either team in the opening 30 minutes.
New York had only four first downs in the first half – all coming on the one scoring drive – and failed to generate any points on three possessions that started in Chicago territory. The Bears managed only 22 total yards in the half.
The second quarter was among the more gruesome offensive performances turned in by two teams in recent memory with only one first down registered – and that came on the final play of the half.