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  • Numbers show how Bears’ offense struggled in second half Oct 5, 2014 7:42 PM
    Bears running back Matt Forte put up some impressive numbers in Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Panthers, catching a career-high 12 passes for 105 yards, but he also lost a fumble at a critical juncture of the game.

  • Bears give up 14-point lead Oct 5, 2014 3:48 PM
    Cam Newton dispelled any notion that the Panthers’ offense isn’t built to erase big deficits. Newton threw two touchdown passes to former Bears tight end Greg Olsen and the Carolina’s defense forced four turnovers to overcome a 14-point deficit and defeat the Monsters of the Midway 31-24 on Sunday. With the game tied at 24, Carolina’s Antoine Cason stripped Matt Forte of the ball and the Panthers’ Kawaan Short recovered at Chicago’s 23. Six plays later, Newton found Olsen on a slant route for a 6-yard touchdown for the go-ahead score with 2:18 left. The Panthers sealed the win when Short sacked Jay Cutler and Charles Johnson recovered as the Panthers (3-2) snapped a two-game losing streak and reclaimed first place in the NFC South. Newton was 19 of 35 for 255 yards with two touchdown passes and one interception. Olsen had six catches for 72 yards. Cutler was 28 of 36 for 289 yards with two TDs, but turned the ball over three times for the Bears (2-3). Forte had 61 yards rushing and 105 yards receiving and a touchdown before his costly fumble. The Bears had a 21-7 lead late in the first half and seemed in control until the momentum changed when Robbie Gould missed a 35-yard field goal. The Panthers went to a no-huddle offense in the final two minutes of the first half and Newton was 5 of 6 passing for 72 yards on the drive, including a 9-yard TD strike to Olsen, the former Bears tight end, to cut the lead to 21-14 with 12 seconds left. “It was a shot in the arm to us,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. Carolina stayed with the no-huddle in the third quarter and Newton drove the Panthers 86 yards on 10 plays, and Chris Ogbonnaya signed earlier this week following a slew of injuries in the backfield scored on a 1-yard run to tie the game at 21. Gould put the Bears back up by 3 with a 45-yard field goal late in the third quarter, but the Panthers tied it back up when Thomas DeCoud intercepted Cutler on an overthrown pass setting up a field goal by Graham Gano with 4:29 left. The Panthers jumped out to a 7-0 lead on a bizarre special teams play. As Carolina returner Philly Brown attempted to field a punt, he was hit by Chicago’s Teddy Williams before the ball arrived. As flags flew, a scramble for the ball ensued. Brown got up after being hit, picked up the ball and raced 79 yards untouched along the left sideline for the score. But Chicago’s defense quickly took control with back-to-back takeaways leading to a pair of touchdowns. Cornerback Isaiah Frey stripped Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin of the ball on Carolina’s next possession and recovered at the Panthers 28, setting up a 10-yard TD pass from Cutler to Forte. Chicago’s Willie Young beat guard Amini Silatolu and for a strip-sack fumble on Newton and Lamarr Houston recovered at the Carolina 13 on the next possession. Three plays later Cutler scrambled 10 yards on third-and-8 for a touchdown to give Chicago a 14-7 lead. Cutler pushed the lead to 21-7 when he beat the Panthers on a cornerback blitz, flipping the ball out to the flat where Alshon Jeffery raced around two defenders for a 25-yard catch-and-run touchdown. NOTES: Panthers cornerback Josh Norman left with a shoulder injury. ... Bears safety Chris Conte left with a concussion. ... The win was Rivera’s first against the team he helped win a Super Bowl in 1985.

  • Images: Chicago Bears vs. Carolina Panthers Oct 5, 2014 5:56 PM
    The Chicago Bears faced the Carolina Panthers Sunday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. The Panthers defeated the Bears 31-24 after the Bears turned over the ball twice in the fourth quarter.

  • Bears Bites: Who do you blame? Oct 5, 2014 6:21 PM
    You can put this one squarely on the shoulders of Jay Cutler for those interceptions, or Matt Forte for that fumble, but the tenor of this game changed on one play. One single play. It’s crazy to blame Robbie Gould because the guy has been so good for so long, but when Mr. Consistency missed that little 35-yarder late in the first half, it started the ball rolling.

  • Can Chris Williams provide many happy returns? Oct 4, 2014 8:22 PM
    Chris Williams is expected to return kickoffs Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, the third Bear to hold the job already this season.

  • LeGere: Bears’ Forte heats up against Panthers Oct 4, 2014 8:26 PM
    Bears running back Matt Forte seems primed for a big game against the Carolina Panthers, whom he has victimized in the past for the two most productive rushing games in his career.

  • Mike North video: Bears need to beat the Panthers Oct 2, 2014 10:36 AM
    The Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears are both 2-2. Ron Rivera might want to beat his old team, but the Bears need to win this road game to keep the season on track.

  • Imrem: Bears' issues so far at a slow burn Oct 2, 2014 5:31 AM
    Some quiet little brushfires have broken out around the Bears since training camp. Would they flare into wildfires if the Bears ever suffer the adversity of a couple consecutive losses?

  • O-line injuries forcing Bears to improvise Oct 3, 2014 12:09 AM
    Jermon Bushrod's knee/ankle injury is the latest bit of misfortune for a Bears offensive line that has been without two starters since halftime of the season opener. But there hasn't been a noticeable drop-off in the play of the O-line thanks to the performance of backups who have been groomed to fill in at multiple positions.

  • Briggs: I loved playing for Ron Oct 3, 2014 12:07 AM
    Bears linebacker Lance Briggs has some intersting connections to the Carolina Panthers, Sunday's opponent.

  • Chicago to host 2015 NFL draft Oct 2, 2014 7:37 PM
    Chicago will host the 2015 NFL draft, the Bears confirmed Thursday. The draft will be held from April 30 to May 2 in the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University.

  • Bears’ Allen happy to be back at work Oct 1, 2014 8:02 PM
    Bears defensive end Jared Allen returned to practice on Wednesday after missing all of last week with pneumonia, which caused him to lose 15 pounds. The five-time Pro Bowler hopes to be recovered sufficiently by Sunday to help the Bears' struggling defense against the Carolina Panthers.

  • Bears’ rookie RB should see field more Oct 1, 2014 10:59 PM
    Rookie running back Ka'Deem Carey had a breakout game in the loss to the Packers and could play a bigger role as Matt Forte's backup in the future.

  • Bears’ Bennett just getting started Sep 30, 2014 9:54 PM
    Martellus Bennett's career-best, 9-catch, 134-yard performance against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday may be just a sampling of what's to come in the future from the Bears' tight end.

  • No rush, no fuss for Packers’ Rodgers Sep 29, 2014 8:42 PM
    The Bears played more zone coverage and blitzed less on Sunday in an effort to limit the effectiveness of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. It didn't work.

  • Rozner: Bears’ depth, coaching tested again Sep 29, 2014 8:41 PM
    Yes, the Bears have been hit hard by injuries, but so have numerous other teams. It becomes a matter of coaches coaching and talent evaluators being able to evaluate. Are the Bears good enough at both?

  • Bears miss Allen’s presence vs. Packers Sep 29, 2014 8:43 PM
    Bears defensive end Jared Allen is back at work after missing last week with pneumonia, and he's a welcome sight for a team that put almost no pass-rush pressure on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Sunday 38-17 defeat.

  • Imrem: Bulls best pay attention to Bears’ season Sep 29, 2014 8:39 PM
    As the Bulls open training camp, some comparisons can be drawn between them and the Bears. They aren't encouraging at this point.

  • Mike North video: Busy sports weekend in Chicago Sep 29, 2014 10:44 AM
    Mike North caps off the weekend sports stories about Paul Konerko, the Bears loss, the NU victory, the Bulls, the Blackhawks and the Ryder cup.

  • Images: Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers Sep 30, 2014 8:34 AM
    The Chicago Bears faced the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field in Chicago. The Bears were defeated in their first meeting by a score of 38-17 to their long time rivals.

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