For three quarters, all signs pointed to Carolina upsetting Chicago, but the switch clicked in the fourth and the Bears roared all the way back, making up a twelve point deficit for a satisfying 23-22 nail-biting victory.
It started with a Jay Cutler touchdown pass to Kellen Davis that put them within five. When the recently scrutinized Cam Newton had the chance to shut up some naysayers, he threw a sloppy pass straight to Bears defensive back Tim Jennings who took the rock back to the house for the lead. But the drama didn’t end there. The Panthers took the lead once again with a long field goal, but wound up unable to stop the Bears from doing the same as the clock expired.
In another down-to-the-wire game, the Lions once again proved to be resilient to Seattle’s newfound swagger. It appeared as if Russell Wilson would once again lead his team to some more late-game heroics, but with 5 minutes left on the clock, Matthew Stafford took Detroit all the way back for the last-second score and win. By hauling in the final catch, Titus Young is making a strong case for himself to have a bigger role on the Lion’s offense. Stafford wasn’t a slouch either, proving his dependability again with four scores and yet another clutch performance.
– Just a couple weeks after having to answer questions about the end of their era of dominance, the Patriots took it back to 2007 with a 45-7 shellacking of the Rams. Brandon Lloyd also proved himself to be the most efficient receiver of the week with two quick catches, both of which went for touchdowns.
– With Michael Vick once again coming up short against his former team, Twitter unapologetically called for Andy Reid’s head. He may not make it through the season Eagles fans. And for that matter, it may not be an overstatement to call this season the farewell tour of Michael Vick. Is there any possibility that he’ll be even remotely relevant next year?
— Andrew Luck and Colts continue to surprise in what was supposed to be a rebuilding season for Indianapolis. They’ve already doubled their 2011 win total (from two games to four) and look poised to do some serious damage sooner than later. Meanwhile, the Titans are showing no signs of improvement despite another good game by Chris Johnson.
— The Chargers and Browns put up an absolute stinker yesterday. If you watched it, I wish there was some way you could get those four hours of your life back. And if you happened to be at the game…I don’t even know how to begin consoling you.
— In another shootout, the Cowboys lost to the Giants in a close one. Just how close can be summed up with the clip of Dez Bryant’s first it was a TD, then it wasn’t play towards the end of regulation.