Wednesday, January 15, 2014
10 plays that shaped the season: No. 8
By Michael C. Wright
WHEN: Sept. 29, 2013
WHERE: A 40-32 loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field
THE PLAY: Trying to take advantage of a Lions blitz, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler floats a pass down the right sideline intended for Brandon Marshall that is picked off by Glover Quin and returned 42 yards to the 2 before Jermon Bushrod pushes the safety out of bounds. Cutler finished the game with three interceptions, and four turnovers overall.
WHAT THEY SAID: Cutler: “I have to give us a better chance to win. I mean, three picks. It’s hard to come back from that. [I] have to play better. Sometimes it's hard to walk back into that locker room and know that, 'Hey, I was responsible for four turnovers,' and you put your team in that position. It makes you feel bad because I thought the defense played their butts off. Offensive line did a great job. It just brings everything into perspective of how it important it is; how important my job is of taking care of the ball, and making sure I put ourselves in a position to win each week."
IMPACT OF THE PLAY: It resulted in the Lions, already up 16-10 at the time of the interception, to score their second touchdown in 21 seconds to take a 23-10 lead. The Lions scored three touchdowns in a span of 3:26 in the second quarter, scoring 27 points in the quarter, which ranked as the second most the Bears had given up in the second quarter of a game. Adam Podlesh’s line-drive punt could also go down as one of the more devastating plays in this game. But Cutler’s interception opened up the floodgates for the Lions as they scored 17 points off turnovers. Cutler came into that game with only one career interception in nine starts against the Lions. The Bears also converted only one third down in 13 attempts, and falling behind so big so early played a major role in that.