Downers Grove, Illinois
Jay Cutler normally slides when he scrambles. But on the play you're referring to, the Bears faced third-and-10 from their own 26 after the Steelers had scored 13 unanswered points to cut their deficit from 27-10 to 27-23 early in the fourth quarter. Cutler didn't slide because he wanted to make sure he picked up the first down and sustain the drive. Here's what he said about the play after the game: "Whenever you slide usually it goes back to the point at where you start to slide. I just wanted to make sure I picked it up. We were struggling on third down in the second half so I wanted to make sure we kept the drive going. We were up four at that point. So I just wanted to stay on the field and make sure we got another crack at it." Cutler eventually capped the drive with a 17-yard touchdown pass to
Terre Haute, Indiana
I agree with you that Michael Bush broke the plane on all three runs. I jokingly asked him after the game if he had ever scored three touchdowns on the same possession before. Coach Marc Trestman explained Monday why he didn't challenge the first down play, saying: "We talked about it, but there was nothing conclusive from the guys upstairs that would force us to do that, and we had two or three more downs to go, so it wasn't as if the feeling was we needed that challenge. We felt we could get the score on the next three downs, so if it wasn't conclusive upstairs, we were not going to challenge."
I haven't heard anything about why
It wasn't his knee. Charles Tillman was held out late in Sunday night's game as a precaution after he experienced groin tightness. Coach Marc Trestman said that Tillman likely will not practice on Wednesday, but the Bears are optimistic that Tillman will be able to play against Calvin Johnson and the Lions Sunday in Detroit.