Bears Down Steelers In Wild Overtime Game

Chicago's defense, running back keys to Bears upset againt Pittsburgh.

CHICAGO - No one really gave the Bears a shot at home against one of the best teams in football the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Chicago proved all of them wrong. The Bears upset the Steelers 23-17 in overtime to earn their first win of the season.

It all starts with Chicago's strongest unit their defense. The Bears held the Steelers top-five offense to 282 total yards on Sunday. They constantly pressured Ben Roethlisberger sacking him three times, and causing a fumble in the first half. They also bottled up Pittsburgh's star running back Le'Veon Bell to 61 yards on the ground.

The Bears offense blew a 10-point second half lead, but they were running the ball effectually throughout the ball game. Jordan Howard for the first time this season looked like the back we saw last season who finished second in the NFL in rushing.

Howard, who was playing with a shoulder injury, pushed through the pain running for 138 yards, and two touchdowns. His second touchdown was a 19-yard scamper in overtime that won the game for Chicago.

Rookie back Tarik Cohen had another solid outing. He rushed for 74 yards, and caught four passes for 24 yards. Cohen thought he scored the game-winning touchdown when he broke off a 73-yard run into the endzone in overtime. But when the play was reviewed it showed Cohen just stepping out of bounds at the 37-yard line. Either way Cohen and Howard could prove to be a two-headed monster at running back for years to come in Chicago.

Chicago even made a big play on special teams when the Bears blocked the Steelers field goal at the end of the first half. Marcus Cooper should have scored a touchdown, but instead committed an inexcusable fumble by slowing down around the 10-yard line and letting Pittsburgh's Vance McDonald strip the ball away from him just one yard away from the goal line.

The Bears are now 1-2 on the season. Chicago will go right back to work on Monday. They have a short week ahead of them. They are headed up north to play division rival Green Bay on Thursday night.


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