NFL: Robbie Gould's late field goal helps Chicago see off Carolina
Last Updated: October 28, 2012 10:05pm
Jay Cutler: overcame a rocky first half to lead the Bears past the Panthers
Jay Cutler took a beating in the first half but came back to lead the Chicago Bears to a last-second 23-22 victory over Carolina.
Robbie Gould kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired after Cutler rallied the Bears in the fourth quarter.
The Bears trailed 19-7 when the game turned in a big way. Chicago (6-1) took over on the Carolina 38 after Brad Nortman shanked a six-yard punt, and Cutler connected with Kellen Davis on a 12-yard scoring pass with just under seven minutes left.
Then on Carolina's next play from scrimmage, Steve Smith slipped on a pass pattern and Tim Jennings returned his second interception of the game 25 yards to make it 20-19.
Cam Newton then drove the Panthers to the Chicago 27, and Justin Medlock's 45-yard field goal hit the right upright and went through to put Carolina ahead 22-20 with 2:27 remaining. Medlock finished with five field goals.
Cutler responded by moving the Bears 55 yards to the 23-yard line before Gould came on to nail the game-winner.
It was another tough loss for Newton - who threw for 314 yards in total - and the Panthers, who fell to 1-6 and lost their fifth straight game.
The Bears pulled this win out even though Carolina ran up 416 yards and sacked Cutler six times, with Greg Hardy getting to him on three occasions.
Chicago's quarterback still completed 19 of 28 pass attempts for 186 yards. Brandon Marshall had 98 yards receiving and Matt Forte ran for 70 yards and an early touchdown.