EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Chicago Bears trotted out the starters and drove 59 yards on their opening drive of the second half for one of two Robbie Gould field goals in a third quarter that made the score 17-13.
Re-inserting offensive line starters J’Marcus Webb and Chris Spencer, who had given way in the first half to Chris Williams and Chilo Rachal, the Bears used seven plays to move into position for Gould’s 30-yard field goal with 11:02 left in the third quarter to make the score 17-10.
Gould booted a 48-yarder for the club’s second score of the quarter.
Quarterback Jay Cutler completed 2 of 4 for 24 yards during the club’s first scoring drive against a Giants defense comprised of backups. But back-to-back incomplete passes to Michael Bush and Earl Bennett stalled the drive, leading to the Gould field goal.
The Bears took out the starters on offense after the early scoring drive, and plugged in Jason Campbell at quarterback, Armando Allen at running back and receivers Dane Sanzenbacher and Rashied Davis. The Giants, meanwhile, entered the third quarter working their reserves on both offense and defense.
Cutler ended his night with 96 yards through the air on 9-of-21 passing to finish with a 72.7 rating. Although the offensive line allowed pressure and struggled to open holes for the ground game, the unit managed to prevent Cutler -- who didn’t suffer any sacks -- from absorbing unnecessary punishment. Matt Forte rushed for 39 yards on 10 attempts, but 24 of those yards came on one run in the third quarter against the Giants’ backups.
Campbell, meanwhile, completed 2 of 5 for 17 yards to lead Chicago’s second scoring drive of the quarter.