The Carolina Panthers improved to 3-2 with a 31-24 victory over the Chicago Bears after rallying from a 21-7 deficit.
The Carolina Panthers recovered from a two-game losing streak with a 31-24 victory over the Chicago Bears to improve to 3-2. The Bears held a 21-7 lead in the second quarter before the Panthers trimmed the lead with a touchdown.
After the Panthers tied the game with a touchdown in the third quarter, the Bears took a 24-21 lead and appeared to be on the verge of winning. However, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw an interception to set up a game-tying Panthers field goal.
On the Panthers’ next drive, quarterback Cam Newton threw the game-winning touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen with 2:23 remaining.
Newton finished with 255 yards and two touchdowns with one interception on 19-of-35 passing. He was able to overcome a depleted running game, which consisted of Darrin Reaves as the starter. He rushed for 35 yards on 11 carries. Meanwhile, tight end Greg Olsen finished with six catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns.
For the Bears, Cutler threw for 289 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions on 28-of-36 passing. Running back Matt Forte had his best game of the season as he rushed for 61 yards and added 12 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown.
Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery caught six passes for 97 yards and a touchdown to lead the Bears’ wide receivers.