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October 02, 2011

First quarter blog: Bears 10, Panthers 3

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The Bears grabbed a 10-3 lead on D.J. Moore's 20-yard interception return with 3:20 left in the quarter.

Cam Newton threw into double coverage for Legedu Naanee. Linebacker Lance Briggs appeared to deflect the ball, which caromed into the hands of Moore, who weaved his way into the end zone.

Newton came back on the following drive with a 53-yard completion to Steve Smith to the Bears' 1 on the next-to-last play of the quarter.

Newton rolled to his left and threw deep to Smith, who had gotten behind the Bears' coverage. With the catch, Smith moved past Muhsin Muhammad as the Panthers' all-time leader in receiving yardage.

The teams traded field goals on their first drives of the game.

The Panthers reached the Bears' 10 before going backwards with back-to-back penalties and settling for a 29-yard field goal by Olindo Mare. Tight end Greg Olsen, playing in Chicago for the first time since the Bears traded him in the preseason, had two of the Panthers' three penalties on the opening drive.

The Bears responded with a 78-yard drive, capped by Robbie Gould's 20-yard field goal. Matt Forte, who had 100 yards rushing in the first quarter last year against Carolina, had 51 yards on his first two carries Sunday to move the Bears into Panthers' territory.

--Joseph Person

 

Posted by Observer Sports on October 2, 2011 at 01:42 PM | Permalink

Comments

So... when do we fire our special teams coach? If I were him, I'd skip the team flight and take Greyhound back to Charlotte.

Posted by: John - Harrisburg, NC | Oct 2, 2011 1:58:02 PM

Some home cooking going on with the refs. Holding on #55 when he just knocked Forte down? Next play, lineman 10 yards down the field on a pass play? Hard to beat the Bears and refs together.

Posted by: BG | Oct 2, 2011 2:46:01 PM

I think so too, that interference call on Shockey was suspect as well!

Miss John Kasay yet?

Posted by: John - Harrisburg, NC | Oct 2, 2011 2:59:15 PM

Has anyone else noticed how many times the Panthers have scored over the last few weeks only to have the Ref's call them back almost each time? They must score twice each time to get credit for any scores it seems. It really seems the NFL wants the big market teams to stay successful. Is this a WWE situation or the NFL?

Posted by: Rick | Oct 2, 2011 3:00:07 PM

Kasey likely would've hit that 52 yd field goal. Omare has left 6 on the field, plus kicked to Hester for a TD return. That's 13 on him.

Posted by: John - Harrisburg, NC | Oct 2, 2011 3:22:34 PM

Panthers problems are on Defense and Special Teams.

Posted by: John - Harrisburg, NC | Oct 2, 2011 3:32:42 PM

Panthers problems are on Defense and Special Teams.

Posted by: John - Harrisburg, NC | Oct 2, 2011 3:32:43 PM

Defense has now quit after the short punt. Seen this too often.

Posted by: John - Harrisburg, NC | Oct 2, 2011 3:44:54 PM

Again, defense laid down late. Special Teams, nothing special. Offense did everything they needed to do but Defense and most of all Special Teams let everyone down.

Posted by: John - Harrisburg, NC | Oct 2, 2011 3:57:03 PM

Yeah, Rick, that's why we were in the NFC Championship twice in three years.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Oct 3, 2011 3:42:36 PM

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