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NFL Game Summary - Cincinnati at Chicago



(Sunday, September 8th)

Final Score: Chicago 24, Cincinnati 21

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jay Cutler hooked up with Brandon Marshall for a go-ahead 19-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter, as the Chicago Bears began the Marc Trestman era with a 24-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the season-opener for both teams on Sunday at Soldier Field.

Cutler finished 21-of-33 passing for 242 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while Marshall hauled in eight passes for 104 yards and the deciding score for the Bears (1-0), who went 10-6 last season but missed out on the playoffs after losing a tiebreaker with Minnesota for the sixth seed in the NFC.

"There were a lot of question marks," Cutler said of coming into the season with a new head coach. "It wasn't pretty, it wasn't perfect, we didn't think it was going to be. We made plays when we had to make plays."

Matt Forte rushed 19 times for 50 yards and a touchdown in the victory, helping Trestman become just the fourth Bears head coach to win his debut contest, joining Hall of Famer George S. Halas (1920), Neill Armstrong (1978) and Dick Jauron (1999).

Cincinnati signal-caller Andy Dalton completed 26-of-33 passes for 282 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, while A.J. Green grabbed a game-high nine passes for 162 yards and both of Dalton's touchdowns.

"They didn't stop us one time," Green said. "They didn't really stop us on offense. We were doing whatever we wanted. The biggest thing we had was turnovers."

BenJarvus Green-Ellis added a rushing score for the Bengals (0-1), who entered the postseason as a wild card club last season, but failed to score an offensive touchdown in a 19-13 loss at Houston in the opening round.

Cincinnati led 14-10 at the break before opening the second half with a 12- play, 80-yard scoring march that Green-Ellis capped with a 5-yard TD run.

Dalton converted a pair of third downs on the trek before a pass interference call against Chicago's Charles Tillman in the end zone set up Green-Ellis' score to extend Cincinnati's lead to 21-10.

Cutler countered with a scoring march of his own, converting a 3rd-and-7 with a 30-yard completion to Martellus Bennett before hitting Alshon Jeffery for 18 more down to the Cincinnati 5.

Two plays later, Forte punched it from a yard out to bring the Bears within 21-17 with 3:22 left in the third.

The Bears forced a quick three-and-out from the Bengals, but Cutler was picked off by Vontaze Burfict on the third play of Chicago's ensuing drive to give Cincinnati possession at the Chicago 40.

However, the Bengals gave the ball right back, as Mohamed Sanu was stripped by Tim Jennings, who pounced on the loose ball at the Chicago 19.

Cutler then guided the Bears into Cincinnati territory, converting a 3rd-and-3 with a 38-yard strike to Marshall down to the Cincinnati 36.

After a holding penalty pushed the Bears back, Cutler scrambled for 18 yards before Forte was stuffed for a short gain to set up 4th-and-1 from the 27-yard line.

With over eight minutes remaining, the Bears elected to go for it rather than kick a field goal and Forte took a carry around the right end for eight yards and a fresh set of downs.

Cutler put the Bears in front on the next play, firing a strike to Marshall in the left side of the end zone for a 19-yard score and a 24-21 lead.

Chicago forced a quick three-and-out from the Bengals and with Cincinnati out of timeouts, the Bears were able to run out the clock to complete their come- from-behind victory.

Dalton was picked off by Tillman on Cincinnati's opening drive and the Bears quickly cashed in, as Cutler converted a 3rd-and-17 with an 18-yard strike to Marshall before hitting Bennett in the back of the end zone two plays later for an 8-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead just over five minutes into the game.

After the teams exchanged three-and-outs, Dalton got the Bengals on the board, orchestrating a 9-play, 97-yard drive that culminated in a 2-yard scoring strike to Green to tie the game at 7-7.

Dalton put together another lengthy scoring drive midway through the second, converting a pair of third downs before finding Green deep down the right sideline for a 45-yard touchdown and a 14-7 lead.

Robbie Gould buried a 58-yard field goal in the waning seconds of the first half to send the Bears into the break facing a four-point deficit.

Game Notes

Gould's 58-yard field goal was the longest in Bears franchise history ... It was Tillman's second career multi-INT game ... Green is the first Bengals player with two TD catches in a season opener since Cris Collinsworth in 1986 ... Green-Ellis finished with 25 yards on 14 carries.

09/08 18:25:51 ET

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 2013 American Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-New England 12 4 0 .750 444 338 8-0 4-4 4-2 9-3
NY Jets 8 8 0 .500 290 387 6-2 2-6 3-3 5-7
Miami 8 8 0 .500 317 335 4-4 4-4 2-4 7-5
Buffalo 6 10 0 .375 339 388 4-4 2-6 3-3 5-7
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Cincinnati 11 5 0 .688 430 305 8-0 3-5 3-3 8-4
Pittsburgh 8 8 0 .500 379 370 5-3 3-5 4-2 6-6
Baltimore 8 8 0 .500 320 352 6-2 2-6 3-3 6-6
Cleveland 4 12 0 .250 308 406 3-5 1-7 2-4 3-9
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Indianapolis 11 5 0 .688 391 336 6-2 5-3 6-0 9-3
Tennessee 7 9 0 .438 362 381 3-5 4-4 2-4 6-6
Jacksonville 4 12 0 .250 247 449 1-7 3-5 3-3 4-8
Houston 2 14 0 .125 276 428 1-7 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Denver 13 3 0 .813 606 399 7-1 6-2 5-1 9-3
x-Kansas City 11 5 0 .688 430 305 5-3 6-2 2-4 7-5
x-San Diego 9 7 0 .563 396 348 5-3 4-4 4-2 6-6
Oakland 4 12 0 .250 322 453 3-5 1-7 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
 2013 National Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Philadelphia 10 6 0 .625 442 382 4-4 6-2 4-2 9-3
Dallas 8 8 0 .500 439 432 5-3 3-5 5-1 7-5
NY Giants 7 9 0 .438 294 383 4-4 3-5 3-3 6-6
Washington 3 13 0 .188 334 478 2-6 1-7 0-6 1-11
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Green Bay 8 7 1 .531 417 428 4-3-1 4-4 3-2-1 6-5-1
Chicago 8 8 0 .500 445 478 5-3 3-5 2-4 4-8
Detroit 7 9 0 .438 395 376 4-4 3-5 4-2 6-6
Minnesota 5 10 1 .344 391 480 5-3 0-7-1 2-3-1 4-7-1
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Carolina 12 4 0 .750 366 241 7-1 5-3 5-1 9-3
x-New Orleans 11 5 0 .688 414 304 8-0 3-5 5-1 9-3
Atlanta 4 12 0 .250 353 443 3-5 1-7 1-5 3-9
Tampa Bay 4 12 0 .250 288 389 3-5 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Seattle 13 3 0 .813 417 231 7-1 6-2 4-2 10-2
x-San Francisco 12 4 0 .750 406 272 6-2 6-2 5-1 9-3
Arizona 10 6 0 .625 379 324 6-2 4-4 2-4 6-6
St. Louis 7 9 0 .438 348 364 5-3 2-6 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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