The Chicago Bears barely edged out the visiting Carolina Panthers in Week 8, winning by a score of 23-22 thanks to a last-second, game-winning field goal by Robbie Gould.
Jay Cutler struggled mightily through most of this game, but he bounced back to lead the Bears to victory after falling behind 19-7 through three quarters. He finished the game with 186 yards, throwing one touchdown and one interception.
The stellar play of Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson was one of the main reasons Cutler struggled in this game. Hardy finished the game with three sacks and Johnson pitched in two.
Cam Newton's struggles in 2012 continued in this game. He completed just over half his passes for 314 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions—one which happened in the middle of the fourth quarter, killing the Panthers' chances of closing out the game.
Matt Forte had a good all-around game, tallying 70 yards and a touchdown on the ground and pitching in 28 more in the passing game.
Steve Smith had a big game in defeat, hauling in seven passes for 118 yards, including a gorgeous 47-yard bomb. Unfortunately, the Panthers couldn't score touchdowns on offense.
The Panthers fell to 1-6 on the season and will go on the road again to face Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins in Week 9, while the Bears improved to 6-1 and will go on the road to face the Tennessee Titans.