Cutler outplays Rivers; Bears beat Chargers 31-20

Jay Cutler threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns, and the Bears won their fifth straight, beating Philip Rivers and the Chargers on Sunday, 31-20.

The Bears were leading 31-20 when San Diego’s Antoine Cason returned an interception (Knox slipped on route) 64 yards to the Chicago 16.

But instead of capitalizing off of the momentum, Rivers responded by tossing an interception.

Rivers tried to squeeze a pass toVincent Jackson in the end zone but got picked off by Major Wright – the safety’s third interception in as many weeks.

Rivers was also intercepted by Corey Graham, who was filling in for the injured D.J. Moore, in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter to seal the deal.

Cutler was 18 of 31 with an interception and did not get sacked for the second time in three weeks.

Johnny Knox had three catches for 97 yards, including a twisting touchdown reception in the third quarter that made it a 14-point game.

Earl Bennett came up big, too, with 75 yards receiving – with all three catches resulting in first downs.

Charles Tillman had a key strip and fumble recovery in third quarter with the Bears up 24-17.

The forced turnover led to the Knox touchdown to put the Bears ahead for good, 31-17.

Barber alert: Marion Barber notched his fifth rushing touchdown of the season in the second quarter to put the Bears in front, 10-3.  It was the back’s fourth score in five games.

Big Willy Style: Roy Williams led the team with a season-high five catches and posted 62 yards.  He had two third down conversions and three straight catches during one drive in the third quarter.  All five of his receptions moved the chains.

Third down success: The Bears were 8 out of 14 in third down conversions and completed seven straight (two for TD’s) at one point in the fourth quarter.  They had no punts in the second half; with one fake attempt failed.

Final drive: Two screen passes to convert third downs, to Matt Spaeth and Matt Forte, were executed on the final drive (started at 9:31) which chewed up 7:35 in the final period.  Both screens were setup in the middle of the field.

Turnover differential: It’s now a plus-14 for the Bears, who have 15 interceptions and eight fumble recoveries on the season.

Next: Sunday November 27 at Oakland Raiders, 3:05 CT.

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