Steelers-Bears highlights, lowlights
PITTSBURGH – The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers’ 40-23 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday night at Heinz Field:
Play of the game: With 5:55 left in the game and at the Pittsburgh 17-yard line, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Earl Bennett. The play was originally ruled incomplete but was correctly overturned after a challenge by the Bears. It gave Chicago a 34-23 lead.
Offensive player of the game: Cutler wasn’t spectacular, but he didn’t make any mistakes and delivered with the game on the line.
Defensive player of the game: Bears linebacker Lance Briggs had seven tackles, one sack and a forced fumble.
Most telling statistic: The Steelers turned the ball over five times, leading to 24 points for the Bears, who didn’t have any turnovers.
Deceiving statistic: The Steelers had 459 total yards to Chicago’s 258.
Best pass: After a pump fake, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger lofted a pass down the sideline to Antonio Brown for a 45-yard gain in the second quarter.
Worst pass: Roethlisberger overshot Jerricho Cotchery on a short pass in the second quarter, and Bears safety Major Wright returned it 38 yards for a touchdown.
Best run: Chicago running back Matt Forte kept his balance after getting hit by Pittsburgh safety Ryan Clark and rambled 55 yards to the Pittsburgh 5-yard line in the first quarter.
Best catch: Brown made a one-handed stab of a Roethlisberger pass in the back of the end zone for a 21-yard score late in the third quarter.
Dropped pass: Pittsburgh tight end David Johnson missed a short toss near the end of the third quarter.
Best block: Bears linebacker James Anderson knocked Cotchery to the ground after Wright picked off the pass, giving Wright a clear path to the end zone.
Missed block: Steelers left guard Ramon Foster appeared to be lost when middle linebacker D.J. Williams sacked and stripped Roethlisberger of the ball, setting up the Bears’ first touchdown in the first quarter.
Best tackle: Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu beat a block attempt by Chicago receiver Joe Anderson and dropped receiver Brandon Marshall for a 4-yard loss after a short pass early in the first quarter.
Best hit: Briggs stopped Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer for a 4-yard loss in the second quarter.
Biggest collision: Cutler bypassed sliding and slammed into Steelers safety Robert Golden on a fourth-quarter run for a first down.
Missed tackle: Pittsburgh’s William Gay, Brett Keisel, Jarvis Jones and Clark all missed attempts to bring down Bears tight end Martellus Bennett on a third-quarter reception.
Best coverage: Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds stuck with Michael Bush out of the backfield on a third-down pass in the third quarter and knocked the ball to the ground.
Worst coverage: Briggs allowed Johnson to get behind him for a 32-yard gain in the third quarter.
Best kick: Chicago kicker Robbie Gould nailed a 47-yard field goal to open the scoring.
Worst kick: The Steelers’ Zoltan Mesko flubbed a 21-yard punt in the second quarter.
Best return: Wright took a beeline to the end zone after his interception.
Worst return: The Bears’ Devin Hester danced too much on a second-quarter kickoff return and managed just 5 yards to his own 7-yard line.
Costliest penalty: Ike Taylor’s pass interference call early in the game gave the Bears four cracks at the 1-yard line.
Best decision: The Bears went for it on fourth and goal in the first quarter and gave the ball to Bush, one of the top goal-line backs in the game.
Worst decision: The Steelers settled for a field goal in the third quarter on a fourth-and-2 play at the Chicago 18. They did get three points and eventually got back in the game, but they could have used a bigger lift at that stage.
Best effort: The Bears defense is one of the best in the league at creating turnovers and scored two touchdowns by itself.
Unsung hero: Bennett had only two receptions but did a great job to drag his second foot in the end zone grass on his 17-yard fourth-quarter touchdown reception.
Challenges: The Bears won their challenge in the fourth quarter, but they lost an earlier one. When Bush was ruled down for no gain on third and goal at the 1-yard line in the first quarter, the Bears tried to get the call reversed for a touchdown. But it was upheld. He then scored on the next play.