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Friday, April 3, 2009
Cutler offers fourth-quarter upgrade

By Kevin Seifert

Posted by's Kevin Seifert

How would Chicago's season have turned out in 2008 had it not lost fourth-quarter leads at Carolina and against Tampa Bay during successive September weekends? If the rest of the season played out with no changes, the Bears would have won the NFC North with an 11-5 record.

ESPN Stats & Information offers a statistical comparison that could assuage that concern. Newly-acquired quarterback Jay Cutler had a 94.2 passer rating in the fourth quarter last season, more than 30 points higher than the Bears' combination of Kyle Orton and Rex Grossman. Here are the figures, courtesy Allison Wachs:

Fourth-quarter Performance (2008)
Bears QBs Jay Cutler
Comp. Pct. 56.1 59.9
TD-Int 2-5 11-4
Yards per attempt 5.9 7.3
Passer rating 63.1 94.2