NFC North Week 9 decisive moment

November, 9, 2010
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In the span of 13 seconds on the game clock, cornerback Tim Jennings flipped the fourth-quarter momentum of Sunday's game at Rogers Centre and sent the Chicago Bears on the way to their fifth victory of the season.

The Bears trailed the Buffalo Bills 19-14 with 9 minutes, 16 seconds remaining in the game. The Bills had taken over possession at their 29-yard line when quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick spotted receiver Steve Johnson with a step on Jennings down the right hashmark.

Jennings had played a double move too aggressively, and although safety Chris Harris was sprinting to help, Johnson was open for a big play. Fitzpatrick's pass was a bit late and slightly underthrown, however, and that's all Jennings needed to make a leaping and juggling interception at the Bears' 38-yard line.

Had Johnson caught the ball, the Bills would have been in position to take at least an eight-point lead. Instead, Jennings landed on his feet, turned upfield and ripped off a 39-yard return down the left sideline.

Four plays later, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw a game-winning 2-yard touchdown pass to receiver Earl Bennett.

"I was most definitely beat on that play," Jennings said. "It was a man-to-man call, and [Steve Johnson] ran a double move. I just wanted to use my safety as help so I stayed on the outside because I had inside help. He threw it inside, so I was able to run up under him and make a play on the ball.

"I had to play it kind of aggressive, because I didn't want to give up the hitch route, so I played the first move. He ran the double move and it was a great play call, but I just played my fundamentals, stayed outside and he threw it where I could make a play on the ball."

It was the decisive moment of Sunday's game.

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