The Bears were flagged for six penalties, none more costly than Briggs being called for offsides on a crucial New Orleans fourth down in the fourth quarter. Instead of the Saints punting, they were able to kill more clock.
Not only did the Bears have a slow start, but they made big mistakes. For starters, Forte nearly turned the ball over on the first play from scrimmage, resulting in a 10-yard loss. "Sometimes stuff like that happens," he said. "Nobody on this team is perfect. … We kind of shot ourselves in the foot, just with silly stuff like missing protections, I dropped the ball."
Where was the protection? Cutler was sacked three times and fumbled on one of them, resulting in a Saints field goal in the first quarter. It could've been worse, as he was hit and harrassed all afternoon.
At least three Bears players sustained injuries, including tight end Martellus Bennett, Jennings and defensive tackle Nate Collins, who hurt his knee and didn't return to the game. Bennett's injury was particularly scary, as he flipped and looked to have landed on his head. "I was all right," he said. "It probably looked cool on TV, but I'm all right. I made the play, so that's all that really matters. … I did gymnastics as a kid, so I finished the flip."Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye Sports' Facebook page.