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Bears top Chiefs with game-winning TD in final seconds

The Chicago Bears, led by Jay Cutler, stormed back to earn an 18-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Here is what we learned:

  1. Jay Cutler led a dink-and-dunk parade for most of the game, but in the fourth quarter, the Bears quarterback spread the ball around with precision leading Chicago to the win after looking listless in the first half. The maligned signal-caller was tossing to the likes of Cameron Meredith on the game-winning drive. Cutler has looked solid in Adam Gase's offense this season, it all coalesced late Sunday. On the final scoring play, Cutler bobbled a low snap and lobbed a touchdown to Matt Forte. Classic Cutler would have thrown a pick. Sunday he earned the win.
  1. Jamaal Charles went down with a non-contact knee injury early in the second half and was quickly ruled out. The focal point of the Chiefs' offense immediately grabbed his right knee and was helped from the game. Without Charles the Chiefs bogged down. Ian Rapoport reports the fear is Charles tore his ACL. If that fear is realized, the Chiefs offense is in trouble. Charcandrick West took the lead and Knile Davis shared the load without Charles.
  1. The Chiefs' defensive line brought the heat on Jay Cutler early. Taking advantage of Chicago starting a rookie center, Hroniss Grasu, Andy Reid's squad kept bringing pressure right up the gut. Jaye Howard was a wrecking ball. The nose tackle lived in the backfield compiling six tackles, two for loss and a sack. His presence was felt off the bat with sack-fumble in the end zone covered for a touchdown on the second drive of the game. The Bears' offensive tackles were able to keep Justin Houston (three straight games without a sack) at bay late as the Bears stormed back in the second half.
  1. They should just call it Checkdown City when the Chiefs play on Sundays at Arrowhead. Alex Smith continued to make the safe throws and checkdowns. The biggest Chiefs plays came on smoke screens and YAC. On the plus since he continues to target Jeremy Maclin with regularity and success, just not down field.

When Charles went out, the Chiefs' offense couldn't move the chains. Their offense just doesn't have anyone else to scare defenders in the horizontal passing attack. At 1-4 and the possibility of no Charles, the Chiefs season is lost.

  1. Kicker Robbie Gould set the Bears' all-time career scoring record Sunday. He's one booter who always shows up.
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