It took four weeks but the Bears finally win their first game of the 2015 season.
Jay Cutler returned from injury with a impressive performance. Cutler threw for 281 yards and two touchdown, but he also threw an interception in the forth quarter that led to a field goal by Oakland to give them a 20-19 lead with just over two minutes to play.
It all came down to a Robbie Gould nailing a 49-yard field goal right through the uprights with :02 seconds left in the game to put the Bears ahead 22-20 and win their first game of the season.
“Any time you work as hard as all those guys work – coaches, players, staff members – obviously it’s a lot more gratifying when you win,” says Bears Head Coach John Fox. “And that was our first opportunity. I was really, really happy to see smiles in there. And I’m really happy for our fans, because we haven’t exactly lit it up here in our first two home games.”
The Bears offense clicked early with Cutler under center. They jumped out an early 6-0 lead when Cutler and company marched 80 yards down the field on the opening drive of the game. Cutler connected with Eddie Royal on a 7-yard touchdown pass. That led to a 16-14 halftime Bears lead.
“Pass protection. With those edge rushers, I think we handled them extremely well all day long,” says Cutler. “Chuck [Charles Leno, Jr.] stepped in there for Jermon [Bushrod]and played well. Slaw (Matt Slauson) went over to center, a lot of moving parts out there. Those guys held their own and fought all day.”
Next week the Bears head to Kansas City to face the Jamal Charles and the Chiefs.