Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/30/12
For more than three quarters Sunday afternoon, the NFC North leading Chicago Bears looked as though they were in big trouble against the visiting Carolina Panthers. Trailing Cam Newton’s one-win crew 13-7 at half time the Bears were even loudly booed by the Soldier Field faithful heading into the locker room."I'd boo us too," Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said. "It was a boo-worthy performance. It was pathetic offensively what we put out there. It wasn't up to standard product-wise. We have to get better; we know that, our fans know that. Luckily enough we got out of there with a win, but the first half is nothing to be proud of."After completing just 7 of 14 passes for 80 yards, taking six sacks, losing two fumbles and throwing one interception in the first three quarters, Cutler was able to pull himself together and rally his Bears to a miraculous 23-22 comeback victory. Entering Week 8 ranked No. 1 in the NFL with a 125.0 rating in the fourth quarter, ahead of the Broncos' Peyton Manning (118.4) and the Packers' Aaron Rodgers (109.6) Cutler finally kicked it into gear in the game’s final frame.Trailing 19-7 late in the fourth Chicago took over on the Carolina 38 yard line after Panthers punter Brad Nortman shanked a 6-yard punt out of bounds in the swirling Soldier Field winds. With just seven minutes left in the game No. 6 finally connected with tight end Kellen Davis in the back of the end zone for his only touchdown toss of the day.After failing to convert the ensuing two point conversion and still trailing 19-13 the ferocious ball-hawking Bears' defenders found themselves needing to come up with a potential game-winning play. On Carolina’s very next snap Chicago cover corner Tim Jennings snagged his second Cam Newton interception of the afternoon and scampered into the end zone. Taking advantage of Steve Smith’s slip on the slick Soldier Field sod, Jennings’ first career pick six gave the Bears an unlikely 20-19 fourth quarter lead.Despite surrendering that short lived lead on Carolina kicker Justin Medlock’s 5th upright banging field goal and falling behind 22-20 with just 2:27 left to play Jay Cutler firmly grabbed the reigns of his resurgent offense."Cutler gets up smiling," Bears receiver Brandon Marshall said. "I'm sitting here shaking -- a little bit of the cold weather, a little bit of (being) nervous -- and he just starts smiling like, `Well, here we go.' It just put me at ease right away. The guys feel that vibe and they play off of it."Starting the final drive on their own 22 yard line with just one timeout No. 6 completed 6 of 7 passes for 52 yards including four crucial catches by Marshall. Landing comfortably in Chicago kicker Robbie Gould’s range the Bears lined up for the potentially game winning 41-yard field goal attempt.After missing a 33-yarder earlier in the fourth quarter Gould’s chance at redemption split the uprights as time expired.  To the delight of the frenzied Soldier Field faithful, the Bears somehow snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.   "You have to just be thrilled about any win you get, even when you don't play your best ball," Chicago Coach Lovie Smith said. "We realize we didn't play our best ball, but we're not going to apologize for the win. We're going to take it. We like the 6-1 record."    
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