Bennett powers Bears to second straight comeback win

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Martellus Bennett caught two TD passes for the first time in his career Sunday, including a 16-yarder with :10 remaining that gave the Bears a 31-30 win over the Vikings.

The Bears' offseason acquisition of tight end Martellus Bennett is paying major dividends.

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 Jay Cutler with :10 remaining that gave the Bears a stirring 31-30 victory over the Vikings.

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 James Anderson. "We let him out for one long run. We've got to really look at that play. We can't miss tackles. I can't miss that tackle. But other than that I think we did a pretty good job."

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.

Mr. Versatility: Matt Forte outgained Peterson in yards from scrimmage 161-107, rushing for 90 yards on 19 carries and catching 71 passes on a career-high 11 receptions.

"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, Brandon Marshall topped 100 yards for the second straight game and the ninth time in two seasons with the Bears. … Tim Jennings scored his second career touchdown on a 44-yard interception return. He brought back a pick 25 yards last season in a win over the Panthers.