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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Sore ankle doesn't slow down Forte

By Jeff Dickerson

Matt Forte
Matt Forte went over the 1,000-yard mark for the third time in his career.
DETROIT – A sore ankle did little to slow down Matt Forte who topped 100-rushing yards for the third time this season in the Chicago Bears' 26-24 victory over the Detroit Lions.

Forte, who rushed for 103 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown, also went over 1,000 rushing yards for the season (1,094) for the third time in his five-year NFL career. He reached 997 yards on the ground last season before being forced to miss the final four games with a knee sprain. In 2009, Forte rushed for 929 yards despite playing through a variety of injuries.

"My ankle is still sore but the whole first half and most of the third quarter I never got hit on it so I was fortunate enough to be healthy out there," Forte said. "It gets tweaked in the pile sometimes but you might see me come out for a play or two but then go back in."

Said quarterback Jay Cutler: "Matt Forte ran the ball hard."

The Bears' problems scoring touchdowns in the red zone are well-documented, but Forte broke through for a short TD run in the second quarter after the Lions got called for a third-down pass interference penalty that gave the Bears a fresh set of downs and the ball on the 1-yard line.

"It was nice (to score the 1-yard touchdown) because the goal-line is difficult when there are a lot of bodies in there," Forte said. "I went in untouched so it was a great play."

The Bears' offense has seemed to work better this season when the team has featured Forte in the run game, as it did on Sunday. Forte also caught two passes for 21 yards including an 18-yard reception on a well-executed screen play.

"It's something that we have to do, it's a routine that we go through: the last couple of times we've won we've run the ball well and we fed off of that," Forte said. "We have to run the ball, eat the clock and keep the other offense off the field and like I said, in the red zone score touchdowns."