Second quarter: Raiders 12, Bears 7
November, 27, 2011
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com
Jason O. Watson/US PresswireOther than a 33-yard scamper, Matt Forte didn't find much room to run in the first half.OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Chicago Bears were in prime position to punch in a go-head score right before halftime, but the offense committed another costly turnover which resulted in the Oakland Raiders heading to the locker room leading 12-7.
After a Johnny Knox 60-yard kickoff return gave the Bears great field position, Caleb Hanie marched the offense deep into Raiders' territory before throwing his third interception of the first half. On first and goal from the 6-yard line, Hanie attempted to hit tight end Kellen Davis on a screen pass, but the ball was broken up and batted into the air by Oakland linebacker Aaron Curry, before it was intercepted by Kamerion Wimbley who returned it 74 yards. Wimbley would have scored if not for a great hustle play by Bears right tackle Lance Louis who made a touchdown-saving tackle.
Eventually, the Raiders had to settle for another Sebastian Janikowski field goal (19 yards), his third of the day.
Before his final first-half pick, Hanie appeared to be finding his groove when he commanded a nine play, 74-yard scoring drive that culminated in a 29-yard touchdown reception by Johnny Knox. Hanie picked up a critical first down on third and 18 when he scrambled for 24 yards.
Hanie leads the Bears in rushing with 42 yards, while Marion Barber and Matt Forte combined for 72 yards on 13 carries.
The Bears defense did an excellent job keeping Oakland out of the end zone on a handful of occasions and limited the Raiders to 128 total yards. Corey Graham recorded his third interception in the last three games when he picked off Carson Palmer early in the second quarter, while defensive end Julius Peppers finished the first half with two sacks.