Trailing 28-17 midway through the third quarter, speedy 5-8 receiver
|Chris Williams hauls in a 73-yard pass during the third quarter.|
"It was awesome," said Williams, a former CFL star who was signed by the Bears late last season off the Saints' practice squad. "We got what we wanted and made the right play."
The touchdown no doubt will help Williams as he battles for a receiver position, but it was also bittersweet because he injured his hamstring on the play and had to exit the game.
"It's disappointing that I didn't get to finish," Williams said. "I was trying to come into a groove and I felt like I was playing pretty well, so it was definitely a little disappointing."
Replacing Cutler at the end of the first quarter, Palmer completed 8 of 11 passes for 104 yards with one touchdown, one interception and a 94.5 passer rating. Clausen opened the second half, connecting on 7 of 13 passes for 150 yards with two TDs and a game-high 134.6 rating.
"I thought all the quarterbacks along the line had some adversity, and they were able to come back and make it a positive night in some fashion," said coach Marc Trestman.
Seeing red: The Bears drew 14 penalties for 103 yards, something that Trestman plans to address when the team returns to the practice field in Bourbonnais Sunday afternoon.
"The red flag tonight was the yellow flags," Trestman said. "There were too many penalties. We've got to really work hard to assess why the penalties occurred. We need to make more of an emphasis in practice over the next week."
Nothing special: The Bears struggled on special teams. The unit gave up a 102-yard kickoff return touchdown, allowed the Eagles to block
"I think you could say it was errors," Trestman said. "To be specific, if you asked me Sunday I could tell you if they were mental errors. A lot of times on kickoffs it could be just one guy making errors by losing the edge or losing contain and that connects to the 10 other guys. There are a lot of things special teams-wise that we could look at and learn from."
Roster notes: Bears players who sat out Friday night's game included safety Craig Steltz, cornerback
With Mills (foot) and Long (ankle) nursing minor injuries,