Chicago 24, Tampa Bay 18

Sunday, October 23, 2011 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, October 23, 2011
WHERE: Wembley Stadium, London
TEMPERATURE: 62°
HEAD OFFICIAL: Tony Corrente
ATTENDANCE: 76981

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Chicago 7 7 7 3 24
Tampa Bay 2 3 0 13 18

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Chicago 4-3 3-1 1-2 W2
Tampa Bay 4-3 3-2 1-1 L1

Recap


Matt Forte had another big game and the Chicago Bears held off a fourth-quarter rally to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-18 on Sunday at London's Wembley Stadium.

Forte, who entered with an NFL-best 908 yards from scrimmage, rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown and had two catches for 38 yards to lead Chicago to its second straight victory.

The Bears (4-3) took command early and held a 21-5 advantage before Josh Freeman led Tampa Bay on two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to get within a field goal.

Freeman was unable to deliver a third scoring drive in the quarter, as D.J. Moore intercepted a pass over the middle with 27 seconds left to seal it.

Chicago intercepted Freeman four times to send Tampa Bay to its second loss in London in three years. The Bears were playing at Wembley Stadium for the first time since a preseason game in 1986, the season following their Super Bowl victory.

The Buccaneers (4-3) would have had more than three minutes for the potential winning drive if not for a personal foul penalty against cornerback Aqib Talib.

Tampa Bay had stopped the Bears on third down, but Talib was called for the penalty away from the play, which prolonged the Bears' drive and allowed them to run the clock down to the two-minute warning before Robbie Gould's 25-yard field goal made it a six-point game.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Chicago   Tampa Bay
Matt Forte Player Kregg Lumpkin
25 Attempts 8
145 Yards 15
5.8 Avg Yards 1.9
1 Touchdowns 0
32 Long 13
Receiving
Chicago   Tampa Bay
Roy WilliamsPlayer Mike Williams
4 Receptions 6
59 Yards 75
14.8 Avg Yards 12.5
1 Touchdowns 0
25 Long 18

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Chicago 395 177 218 3 1 4 1.0 0
Tampa Bay 280 30 250 2 1 2 2.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Tampa Bay will play their next game on the road against New Orleans. The Buccaneers have a W/L % of .571 after a win and .571 after a loss.
  • Chicago will play their next game on the road against Philadelphia. The Bears have a W/L % of .571 after a win and .571 after a loss.
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