After catching a touchdown pass in last weekend's Week 1 win over the Bengals, Bennett made two trips into the end zone Sunday, highlighted by a 16-yard TD reception from
It was the first time in 78 career NFL games that Bennett caught multiple TD passes. On his game-winner, he beat single coverage by cornerback Chris Cook in the left corner of the end zone.
"The corner came in with Earl [Bennett] and the safety stayed kind of inside, so the only place really to put it was on the back shoulder and turn and let him make a play, and he did," Cutler said. "He made a play, stayed in bounds, and was able to extend the ball for a touchdown. It was a great play on his part."
|The Bears defense felt they contained Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, limiting him to zero touchdowns on the day. Click to view photos from the game.|
Bennett scored touchdowns on the Bears' first and last possessions of the game. His 1-yard reception in the left corner of the end zone tied the score 7-7 with 12:12 left in the first quarter. The 6-6, 265-pounder finished the contest with seven catches for 76 yards.
Late in the first half, Bennett soared high to make a spectacular one-handed catch well out of the back of the end zone. He landed hard, injuring his shoulder.
"I was just trying to make a play and I messed up my shoulder," Bennett said after the game. "I'm in a lot of pain right now, but it is what it is. You've got to go back in there and finish up.
"At this level I just feel that the tight end is a position that you've got to play through a lot of injuries and a lot of pain, so it's a tough position to play. I've been fortunate enough to not miss any games really in my career and hopefully it stays that way."
AP test: It's tough to claim a defense contained a running back who gained 100 yards. But that's exactly how the Bears felt after reigning NFL MVP Adrian Peterson rushed for 100 yards on 26 carries, a 3.8-yard average.
"I think we did pretty good," said linebacker
Peterson's longest gain of the day was a 36-yarder late in the first half that set up Christian Ponder's 20-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph, which tied the score 21-21. Peterson's only other rush of more than eight yards was an 11-yarder early in the fourth quarter.
"Matt's great," Bennett said. "He's one of the better backs in the NFL. There are a lot of things he can do. He can catch the ball, he runs it well. He's just a complete back."
News and notes: With Sunday's victory, Marc Trestman joined George Halas and Neill Armstrong as the only head coaches in Bears history to win their first two games. … The Bears have now won back-to-back games after trailing in the fourth quarter for the first time since Weeks 2-3 in 2009. … With seven receptions for 113 yards,