Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Following a stretch of games that saw Josh McCown throw 11 touchdowns to just one interception, some were questioning the Bears' willingness to bring Jay Cutler back as the starter once he fully healed from the ankle injury that he suffered earlier this season.
Cutler made many of his detractors feel vindicated when he tossed an interception on the first drive and delivered another one to safety Tashaun Gipson, who returned the pick 44 yards for a touchdown.
He finished the first half 13-of-19 for 168 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for a passer rating of 73.9.
Some crucial pass interference calls aided him in the second half, but he finished the game 22-of-31 for 265 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for a passer rating of 102.2.
When asked after the game how he felt in his return, he told Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune:
I started off rusty. Had some throws that were high. The guys rallied around me, they played really well, made some big-time catches, the offensive line played great. So it was good to get back out there, a really good team win.
Was it a perfect game for Cutler? Certainly not, but he showed resolve and was able to fight through adversity. If the Bears want to make a serious playoff run, this game may have helped lay the groundwork.