Chicago 34, Carolina 29

Sunday, October 2, 2011 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, October 2, 2011
WHERE: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
TEMPERATURE: 60°
HEAD OFFICIAL: Terry McAulay
ATTENDANCE: 62135

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Carolina 3 17 0 9 29
Chicago 10 14 0 10 34

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Carolina 1-3 1-1 0-2 L1
Chicago 2-2 2-1 0-1 W1

Recap

Devin Hester set an NFL record with his 11th career punt return for a touchdown and Matt Forte rushed for a career-high 205 yards as the Chicago Bears recorded a 34-29 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

D.J. Moore took an interception back 20 yards for a score and Marion Barber added a rushing touchdown for the Bears (2-2), who won despite allowing the Panthers 543 yards of total offense.

Hester had set up Chicago’s touchdown drive with a 73-yard kickoff return two minutes earlier. He then fielded a punt in Bears territory and broke a tackle before taking off for the home sideline and sprinting to the end zone for a 69-yard return.

The touchdown allowed Hester to move past Eric Metcalf and gave Chicago a 24-10 advantage with 11:32 left in the first half.

The Panthers fought back, drawing as close as 24-23 on Olindo Mare’s 38-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter.

But Forte put it away for the Bears, breaking free for a 40-yard run inside the Carolina 5-yard line. Barber punched it in from the 3-yard line, giving the Bears a 34-23 lead with under two minutes left.

Jay Cutler was held to 9 of 17 for 102 yards.

Top overall pick Cam Newton eventually found the end zone in the final seconds and finished 27 of 46 for 374 yards.

Newton topped 300 yards for the third time in four games while getting the Panthers back in it. But his bid for a second consecutive fourth-quarter comeback win ended with an incomplete pass on fourth-and-10 from the Panthers' 43.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Carolina   Chicago
DeAngelo Williams Player Matt Forte
10 Attempts 25
82 Yards 205
8.2 Avg Yards 8.2
0 Touchdowns 1
26 Long 46
Receiving
Carolina   Chicago
Steve Smith Player Johnny Knox
8 Receptions 3
181 Yards 48
22.6 Avg Yards 16.0
0 Touchdowns 0
53 Long 22

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Carolina 543 169 374 3 3 1 1.0 0
Chicago 317 224 93 4 2 1 0.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Chicago will play their next game on the road against Detroit. The Bears have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Carolina will play their next game at home against New Orleans. The Panthers have a W/L % of .250 after a win and .250 after a loss.
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