The game featured 22 penalties. Carolina had two illegal formation infractions in the first half and a holding penalty in the second half that negated a touchdown. Chicago's costliest flag was Kyle Orton's intentional grounding late in the fourth quarter that forced a punt.
The heat index on the field was 110 degrees. ... Bears WR Devin Hester was carted off the field with a rib injury in the third quarter and did not return. ... The Panthers last started 2-0 in 2003. ... Panthers WR Muhsin Muhammad finished with five receptions for 59 yards, making him the 29th player in NFL history to reach 10,000 career receiving yards.