NFL Game Summary - Chicago at Tennessee|
(Sunday, November 4th)
Final Score: Chicago 51, Tennessee 20
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Brandon Marshall hauled in nine passes for
122 yards and three touchdowns and the Chicago Bears defense forced five
turnovers en route to a 51-20 drubbing of the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
Charles Tillman had nine tackles and forced four fumbles and Matt Forte rushed
for 103 yards and a touchdown. Jay Cutler was 19-for-26 through the air for
229 yards and three touchdowns for the Bears (7-1), who haven't lost since a
Week 2 setback in Green Bay.
Brian Urlacher returned an interception for a touchdown in the win.
"The way they're (the defense) stopping the ball, creating turnovers -- picks
and fumbles -- is great. It starts with the front four. They put so much
pressure on the quarterback," Cutler said.
Chris Johnson rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, but lost two
fumbles, and Nate Washington had two catches for 35 yards and a score for the
Titans (3-6), who will travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins next week.
Matt Hasselbeck, who has started the last five games in place of an injured
Jake Locker, completed 20-of-35 passes for 194 yards, a touchdown and an
interception in the loss.
"That was embarrassing. No matter how you slice it or dice it. You can't say
anything was good or pretty for us in that game," Titans cornerback Alterraun
Tennessee's first play from scrimmage was an early indication of how things
would go on Sunday. Hasselbeck completed a 23-yard pass to Kenny Britt, but
Tillman immediately forced a fumble.
The teams wound up trading punts for most of the first quarter and Tennessee's
second punt ended in disaster when Sherrick McManis blocked Brett Kern's
attempt. Corey Wootton picked up the ball for Chicago and returned it five
yards to go up 7-0.
"It was fun from the very first play of the game. The early punt block set the
tone for us," Bears defensive end Julius Peppers said.
Tennessee was forced to punt again soon after, but pinned the Bears inside
their own 10-yard line. Following a false start penalty on 2nd-and-10,
J'Marcus Webb was flagged in the end zone for illegal use of hands resulting
in a Tennessee safety.
Chicago forced another three-and-out on the ensuing series, and Devin Hester
returned the punt 44 yards to the Titans' eight. Forte wasted no time and
carved his way into the end zone on the next play.
Urlacher then picked off Hasselbeck on the second play of Tennessee's next
possession and returned it 46 yards to the end zone to give Chicago a 21-2
Johnson fumbled on Tennessee's next play and the Bears took over on the
Titans' 16. Three plays later, Cutler hooked up with Marshall on the left side
for a 13-yard score.
Chicago settled for a 40-yard Robbie Gould field goal on its next possession
after Cutler's pass on 3rd-and-5 fell incomplete.
The teams traded fumbles and Rob Bironas split the uprights from 39 yards out
just before the half to make it 31-5.
Tennessee found the end zone on its first touch of the second half when
Hasselbeck lofted it up to Washington for a 30-yard touchdown, but the Bears
answered with a pair of field goals, one from 25 yards and one from 22 yards,
to go up 37-12.
Cutler's 39-yard touchdown pass to Marshall down the right sideline put the
Bears up 44-12 early in the fourth, before the duo hooked up again just over a
minute later for a 5-yard score -- the result of another Tillman forced
Johnson broke an 80-yard touchdown run on the next play from scrimmage to
account for the final margin.
"Today wasn't our day. They outplayed us in all facets of the game," Titans
defensive end Kamerion Wimbley said.
The Bears have returned seven interceptions for touchdowns this season. The
NFL record is nine ... The Bears own a 16-11 interconference record since 2006
... The Titans have dropped two in a row for the third time this season.
11/04 17:32:51 ET