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Marshall lifts Bears over Giants with two TD receptions

Brandon Marshall wore lime green cleats to help raise awareness for mental health issues, but that's not the only reason the Bears receiver stood out Thursday night at Soldier Field.

After being limited to four receptions for 30 yards in last Sunday's loss to the Saints, Marshall caught nine passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-21 win over the Giants.


Brandon Marshall leaps high to catch a pass in Thursday night's victory.
The Pro Bowl receiver beat single coverage on multiple occasions in the first half when he caught six passes for 65 yards, including touchdowns of 10 and 3 yards from Jay Cutler.

"History has proven that he is going to do it," Cutler said. "He'll do it more times than not. I feel comfortable with it and he is going to protect the throw for me. He's going to make some plays too.

"I have worked with the guy for a long time. We kind of read each other-not a lot of talking out there-so I know where he is going and he knows where I want him to go, so it works out for us."

Thursday night marked the second time in Marshall's two seasons with the Bears that he has scored multiple touchdowns. He had three TDs last Nov. 4 in a win over the Titans.

On target: Cutler completed 24 of 36 passes for 262 yards with two TDs, no interceptions and a 106.5 passer rating in Thursday night's win over the Giants.

Cutler has thrown multiple touchdown passes in five of the Bears' six games this year, already matching his total from each of the past two seasons.

Cutler now has a 100 passer rating in two straight games after posting a 128.1 rating in Week 5 versus the Saints. In his career, he is 26-2 when recording a rating of at least 100.

Record breaker: With a 28-yard return on the second half kickoff, Devin Hester became the Bears' all-time leader in kick return yards, eclipsing Glyn Milburn (4,596). Hester finished the game with 73 yards on three returns, giving him 4,643 for his career.

Gould standard: Robbie Gould stayed perfect on the season, making his only two field goal attempts from 40 and 52 yards. He is now 10-of-10 in six games this year.

With the 52-yarder, Gould has now made 12 straight field goals from 50 yards and beyond, tying the Vikings' Blair Walsh for the most in NFL history.

Roster notes: Cornerback Charles Tillman (knee), defensive tackle Stephen Paea (toe) and safety Anthony Walters (hamstring) sat out Thursday night's game with injuries.

With Paea sidelined and fellow tackles Henry Melton and Nate Collins out for the season with torn ACLs, Corey Wootton and Landon Cohen started Thursday night's game at the two tackle positions and undrafted rookie Zach Minter rotated in, making his NFL debut.

Starting linebackers D.J. Williams (chest) and James Anderson (back) both exited the game with injuries and were replaced by Jon Bostic and Blake Costanzo, respectively.

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