Coaching Breakdown Leads to Chicago Bears' Loss

Geoff PaulContributor ISeptember 14, 2008

Lovie Smith and the Chicago Bears lost their first game of the season in the 100˚ heat of Carolina. The Bears built a large first half lead as a result of countless Carolina pre-snap penalties.

Chicago's defense/special teams stole the show during the first 30 minutes, scoring twice off a punt block and an interception, but couldn't reproduce their first half success during the 3rd and 4th quarters.

Panther's rookie RB John Stewart rushed for 77 yards and two touchdowns late in the third and fourth quarter, the latter giving Carolina their first lead of the game.

Carolina, 7-9 last year, is now 2-0, beating a Superbowl contender in San Diego in week 1, and making the Bears look silly during the second half of the game.

Chicago is off to a 1-1 start, but suffered a major blow when kick returner Devin Hester was carted off the field in the third quarter because of an apparent rib injury. His status is currently unknown.

Musin Muhammed caught his 10,000 receiving yard against his former team, and helped drive Delhome and the Carolina offense to their second straight 4th quarter comeback this season.