When the Buccaneers went up 10-0 at halftime, you kind of figured it would be the same old same old of weeks past, and went to go do errands or something. If you did, you missed a furious third quarter of action that propelled the Bears to a 21-10 lead en route to a 21-13 victory, their fifth win of the season.
The first score didn't happen until the second quarter, when Mike Evans got in the gap behind Kyle Fuller and the corner behind Chris Conte, and he collected his eighth touchdown on the season. Patrick Murray added a field goal just before the half to make the score 10-0. Then, things got crazy.
The Bears got the ball rolling with an Alshon Jeffery touchdown catch at 10:33 remaining in the third, capping a six play, 58 yard drive. Later in the quarter, Josh McCown was sacked and fumbled the ball away, and it was promptly capitalized upon by a Matt Forte 13-yard run. Then, a McCown pass was tipped and caught by Ryan Mundy, and again the Bears capitalized with Forte's second touchdown on the day. Murray added a field goal in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late.
Two notable injuries for the Bears were Lance Briggs and Kyle Fuller. Briggs left with a groin injury in the second quarter, and Fuller left with a knee injury. At this point, we don't know what the ramifications are, but we'll keep you posted.
Let's hit some quick numbers.
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Jay Cutler: 17/27, 130 yards, TD - 87.0 QB Rating
Matt Forte: 23 carries, 89 yards, 2 TD; 5 receptions, 23 yards
Alshon Jeffery: 3 receptions, 22 yards, TD
Martellus Bennett: 4 receptions, 37 yards
Brandon Marshall: 3 receptions, 32 yards
Bears Defense: 5 sacks, 2 interceptions
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Josh McCown: 25/48, 341 yards, TD, 2 INT - 64.7 QB Rating; 3 carries, 12 yards
Doug Martin: 11 carries, 27 yards; 1 reception, 4 yards
Charles Sims: 6 carries, 22 yards; 2 receptions, 11 yards
Vincent Jackson: 5 receptions, 117 yards
Louis Murphy: 6 receptions, 113 yards
Mike Evans: 3 receptions, 47 yards, TD
Bucs Defense: 3 sacks