The NFL is a week to week league. No game is a given and on any given Sunday a good football team can be in an unexpected dog fight.
The Bears found themselves in a true battle with a desperate Panthers team. It was clear from the first quarter the Panthers were going to dictate the pace and effort in the game and it was up to the Bears to respond.
It took the Bears until the fourth quarter to finally get it going on offense and they had help from Tim Jennings and his pick six. The Bears outscored the Panthers 16-3 in the fourth quarter to sneak out a 23-22 win on the strength of a Robbie Gould last second field goal.
The Panthers had the football over 13 more minutes than the Bears and out gained them by over 200 yards in total offense. Jay Cutler had a fourth quarter touchdown pass to Kellen Davis and Brandon Marshall finished with nine receptions for 98 yards.