The ball-hawking defense picked up where it left off last year when the Bears led the NFL with 44 takeaways and nine defensive touchdowns, which tied for the second most in league history.
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"Really I was just a spy underneath, so I was reading Cam's eyes," said Bostic, a second-round draft pick from Florida. "I thought he was going to go a little bit more outside and I jumped back at the last second when I saw him come back inside, and I happened to be in the right place."
Bostic's touchdown tied the score 7-7. It came after
"Wrong shoulder, bad ball," Cutler said when asked about the interception. "I thought Alshon did a good job with his man. It was an unfortunate start, preseason first drive like that. But I thought we bounced back well and got a few first downs."
After the interception, Cutler rebounded to complete 6 of 7 passes for 56 yards before being replaced by backup
"You obviously don't want to see [an interception] on the first play of the game, but I loved [Cutler's] demeanor," said coach Marc Trestman. "He came right back. I thought he was calm and went right back at it. We were able to talk on the sideline and work through it very easily and get back in the game."
The Bears took their only lead at 10-7 on
The Bears had a great chance to extend their lead after the defense forced its third turnover on four possessions. Cornerback
The Bears reached the 12-yard line. But tight end
"These games aren't an indication of the kind of team we're going to have during the season because it wasn't that team," Trestman said. "But it's certainly an indication if you don't take care of the football what's going to happen to your team."
The Panthers scored the next two touchdowns of the game to take a 21-10 lead. Barner's five-yard TD run capped an 11-play, 82-yard drive with :18 left in the first half before Norman intercepted a
Early in the fourth period, Bears rookie receiver
On the next play, rookie
"Nobody's ever happy to lose any game, but I think as we move forward we have something to build on," Trestman said. "I told the guys at the end this was a preseason game and we're still in training camp. We've got to get our rest tonight and take care of ourselves [Saturday] and we've got to come in Sunday morning ready to work for the next three days and get our focus back on finishing the job of having a great training camp."