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Second-quarter wrap: Bears 17, Panthers 3

Matt Forte has taken some pressure off Todd Collins, but the Bears quarterback has still thrown three interceptions. Geoff Burke/Getty Images

CHARLOTTE -- After a fast-start, the Bears' offense struggled in the second quarter behind starting quarterback Todd Collins and lead the Carolina Panthers 17-3 at halftime.

Collins tossed a pair of second quarter interceptions (three total picks in the first half) and finished the half with a quarterback rating of 12.9. The Bears failed to score in the second-quarter despite a consistently successful run game led by Matt Forte and Chester Taylor, and excellent field position.

The Bears converted only 1 of 6 third-down attempts.

On the other hand, the Bears' defense dominated Carolina's offense, limiting the Panthers to only three first downs in the opening half. Carolina quarterback Jimmy Clausen was just as ineffective as Collins, completing only three passes for 20 yards.