Sunday, December 16, 2012
Forte comes up short on goal-line carries
By Jeff Dickerson
CHICAGO -- With Michael Bush in uniform but unable to play due to cartilage damage in his ribs, Bears running back Matt Forte got a rare opportunity to carry the ball near the goal line late in the third quarter.
The result: three carries, 4 yards and no touchdown. On two of three attempts, Forte was stopped for no-gain as the Bears eventually had to settle for a field goal after a consecutive penalties on fourth down pushed them back to the 16-yard line.
"On the goal line, it's basically the offensive line has to get movement and I look for a hole and try to hit it," Forte said. "Everybody is not going to be blocked; there are going to be unblocked players. My deal is I have to slam it up in there and that's what I was doing. You got to give them credit also for playing tough defense on the goal line.
Forte did spark the Bears' offense in the first half when he gained 58 of his 69 total rushing yards. He also helped the Bears in the passing game, finishing with five catches for 64 yards.
"I had great blocking up front [in that first half]," Forte said. "If I can get to the linebacker level and get out of the backfield, we can make some things happen. We were pushing them off the ball and running downhill on them. We were moving the ball pretty well and the run game was pretty efficient [in the first half]."