The Chicago Bears extended their win streak to five Sunday afternoon with a 31-20 win over the Chargers at Soldier Field, and remained one of the hottest teams in football.
The game was a shootout through two and a half quarters. Jay Cutler finished the game with 286 yards, two touchdowns and an interception and bested his rival, Phillip Rivers in the win column — even if Rivers outplayed him.
Rivers, who has struggled recently, was playing a near perfect game through the first half. He connected with Vincent Jackson for 165 yards and a touchdown, matching every Bears score until the third quarter.
At that point, turnovers helped the Bears create some distance. Major Wright and Corey Graham had crucial interceptions that stopped San Diego offensive drives. Charles Tillman, who had issues with the Chargers receivers, redeemed himself by deploying the patented Peanut Football Punch. He forced a fumble and recovered it in the third. The Bears turned that into points with the help of two great catches made by Johnny Knox and Roy Williams.
In fact, Knox and Williams had their best games of the season. Knox had three grabs for 97 yards and a touchdown. Williams had five catches for 62 yards, which included a run of three straight first down catches.
However, the price was high for this win as long snapper, who started 147 straight games for the Bears, left with a knee injury. Tyler Clutts filled in and did a good job, but he was not called on for any field goals.
Next, the Bears will head to Oakland to face the AFC West-leading Raiders.