Jay Cutler led his Chicago Bears to victory on Monday Night Football with a 10 play, 80 yard touchdown drive in the 4th quarter in San Diego, beating the Chargers 22-19.

The winning play was on a slick one handed catch by TE Zach Miller.  On a high hard throw up the middle from Cutler, Miller reached up with his right hand, batting the ball down into his own bread-basket, then put two hands on the pigskin and fell into the end zone for the 25 yard score.

Rookie Jeremy Langford had an impressive showing, filling in for the injured Matt Forte. Langford had 72 yards rushing and 70 yards receiving, with a rushing TD at the goal line. Alshon Jeffery caught 10 balls for 151 yards to pace the Chicago receivers.

On a night that Cutler broke all-time great Sid Luckman’s Bears franchise record for career passing touchdowns, the oft criticized QB atoned for an early INT ran back 68 yards for a touchdown by Jason Verrett.  Cutler now has 12 game-winning TD passes in the 4th quarter since he joined the Bears in 2009, the most in the league during that span.

Philip Rivers was 26 for 42 passing for San Diego, with 280 yards and a touchdown, but he seemed by himself out there at times. With injuries up and down the offensive line, a thin receiving core (that lost Malcom Floyd early in the game to injury), a running game dependent on Danny Woodhead, and an undisciplined defense, it’s easy to see why the team is struggling.

The Chargers (2-7) have a bye week coming up, then play at home against Kansas City on November 22nd.  Chicago (3-5) has a short week, traveling to St. Louis to face the Rams on the 15th.

 

Luke Straub

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Spark Sports NFL Analyst

 

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