Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/8/13
The Chicago Bears made Marc Trestman a winner in his NFL head-coaching debut Sunday rallying to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 24-21 at Soldier Field. Brandon Marshall caught a 19-yard pass from Jay Cutler for the go-ahead touchdown with 7:58 left to play. It capped an eight-play 81-yard drive that featured a successful fourth-and-one conversion. Matt Forte scored from a yard out with 3:22 left in the third period as the Bears pulled to within 21-17. Cutler was 21-of-33 for 242 yards two TDs and an interception for a passer rating of 93.2. He was not sacked. "It felt good" Cutler said of his first game in Trestman's offense. "Early on we were a little bit off kilter which is fine. We battled through it. ... Plenty for us to clean up but we knew we weren't going to be perfect. We didn't have to be perfect we just had to be good enough to beat Cincy and that's what we did." Marshall had eight catches for 104 yards. Forte had 19 carries for 50 yards and four receptions for 41 yards. The Bears defense had its hands full all day with A.J. Green who caught two first-half touchdown passes and drew a pass interference penalty on the first drive of the third quarter that set up a Benjarvus Green-Ellis 5-yard TD run for a 21-10 Bengals lead. At that point nothing seemed to be going the Bears' way and Trestman credited his team afterward for hanging tough.
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