Stats: 267 yards, two TDs.
Cutler managed the game well and, without pressure, completed 21 of 31 passes.
Stats: Five catches, 91 yards, 48-yard TD catch. Oh yeah, and a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
We'll pick Garza to represent a much-maligned offensive line that controlled play and gave Cutler time.
When: First quarter, 12:26 left.
Score: No score.
Situation: The Bears had first-and-10 from the Vikings 48.
The play: Devin Hester raced downfield to catch a touchdown pass from Jay Cutler as the Bears picked up a safety blitz by Jamarca Sanford. Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin was burned by Hester, and safety Husain Abdullah arrived too late to prevent the end-zone reception.
The result: The play foreshadowed unexpectedly great protection Cutler would get for the rest of the game.
Devin Hester's 98-yarder was his fifth career touchdown on kickoff returns. He also has 11 career punt return touchdowns, including three against the Vikings. Hester's 16 return touchdowns have come in 82 games. The previous NFL record holder for return touchdowns was Brian Mitchell, who had 13 return TDs in 223 games.
Who won? Hester had one return for 27. By even getting a chance, he wins this battle.
Why kick to Hester? Is there really any reason to?
Clay Matthews says: Yeah, just start that Ponder kid
Concussion rate up as fans beat heads against the wall
|Atlanta - LP: A. Wood||0||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - WP: A. Bastardo||1|
|Cleveland - LP: D. Salazar||5||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: J. Verlander||7|
|Toronto - LP: R. Dickey||0||FINAL|
|Minnesota - WP: K. Gibson||7|
|Seattle - LP: J. Beimel||6||FINAL|
|Texas - WP: P. Figueroa||8|
|Los Angeles - WP: H. Ryu||2||FINAL|
|San Francisco - LP: M. Bumgarner||1|
|Colorado - WP: F. Morales||3||FINAL|
|San Diego - LP: I. Kennedy||1|
|St. Louis||8||Top 8th Inning|
|Milwaukee||2||Bottom 7th Inning|
|NY Yankees||8||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Toronto||5||Top 7th Inning|
|Boston||1||Top 6th Inning|
|Kansas City||5||Bottom 5th Inning|
|Chicago||3||2nd Prd 5:06|
|Los Angeles||9:30 PM|
|Aug 9 - vs. Houston||7 pm||X||27-13|
|Aug 16 - at Buffalo||6 pm||X||20-16|
|Aug 25 - at San Francisco||7 pm||X||34-14|
|Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee||7 pm||X||24-23|
|2013 regular season|
|Sep 8 - at Detroit||Noon||X||34-24|
|Sep 15 - at Chicago||Noon||X||31-30|
|Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland||Noon||X||31-27|
|Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London)||Noon||X||34-27|
|Oct 6 - Bye|
|Oct 13 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||35-10|
|Oct 21 - at. NY Giants||7:40 pm||X||23-7|
|Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay||7:30 pm||X||44-31|
|Nov 3 - at Dallas||Noon||X||27-23|
|Nov 7 - vs. Washington||7:25 pm||X||34-27|
|Nov 17 - at Seattle||3:25 pm||X||41-20|
|Nov. 24 - at Green Bay||Noon||26-26|
|Dec 1 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||23-20|
|Dec 8 - at Baltimore||Noon||X||29-26|
|Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia||Noon||X||48-30|
|Dec 22 - at Cincinnati||Noon||X||42-14|
|Dec 29 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||14-13|