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Fourth Quarter:

Panthers hang on to win

(3:15pm) - The Bears offense begins the last drive of the game with a 20-yd completion from Jay Cutler to Alshon Jeffery, but eventually stalls when Cutler is sacked for losses of 11 and eight yards on 2nd and 4th downs. The Panthers hang on to win by a touchdown while the Bears fall to 2-3 on the season.

Panthers take lead

(3:03pm) - Cam Newton's 5-yard touchdown pass to Greg Olsen gave the Panthers a 31-24 lead with 2:18 left in the game. The score came after Carolina forced and recovered a Kyle Long fumble at the Chicago 23.

Panthers tie game again

(3:01pm) - Graham Gano's 44-yard field goal enabled the Panthers to tie the score 24-24 with 4:29 left in the fourth quarter.

The kick came after Jay Cutler's ill-advised pass over the middle intended for Santonio Holmes was intercepted by safety Thomas DeCoud and returned 35 yards to the Chicago 32.

The Bears defense held the Panthers without a first down, but Gano's kick tied it.

Third Quarter:

Bears retake lead

(2:20pm) - Robbie Gould's 45-yard field goal gave the Bears a 24-21 lead with 2:38 left in the third quarter. The kick capped an 8-play, 53-yard drive. The Bears were forced to settle for the field goal after Matt Forte was dropped for a two-yard loss on a third-and-two pitch.

Panthers tie game 21-21

(2:09pm) - The Panthers tied the game on their first possession of the second half on Chris Ogbonnaya's 1-yard TD run with 7:16 left in the third quarter.

After holding the Panthers to 33 yards on 13 plays while forcing three turnovers on Carolina's first five possessions, the Bears have allowed TD drives of 75 and 86 yards on the Panthers' last two possessions.

Second Quarter:

Panthers climb to within seven

(1:34pm) - After Robbie Gould's missed field goal, Cam Newton's 9-yard touchdown pass to Greg Olsen in the back of the end zone drew the Panthers to within 21-14 with :12 left in the first half. Newton completed 5 of 6 passes for 72 yards on the possession.

Gould misses 35-yarder*

(1:26pm) - Matt Forte's 56-yard gain on a screen pass put the Bears in scoring position again. But Robbie Gould uncharacteristically pushed a 35-yard field goal attempt wide right with 1:51 left in the half.

Forte bowled over Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis and seemingly could have gone the distance, but failed to get a downfield block from tight end Martellus Bennett.

Bears force third turnover

(1:16pm) - The Bears defense generated its third takeaway of the first half as Lance Briggs intercepted a Cam Newton pass that was deflected by defensive tackle Ego Ferguson.

The defensive line deflected three Newton passes on the possession, with Jared Allen knocking down one and Ferguson deflecting passes on back-to-back plays.

Briggs made a diving catch at the 19 and returned it four yards to the 23.

Bears widen margin*

(1:03pm) - The Bears extended their lead to 21-7 on Jay Cutler's 25-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery with 10:51 left in the second quarter. The TD capped an 8-play, 68-yard drive.

The score came on a beautifully-designed play. Cutler faked a handoff to Matt Forte to the right and threw to Jeffery in the left flat. Jeffery raced up field, picking up excellent blocks from Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett.

First Quarter:

Bears take 14-7 lead*

(12:47pm) - Jay Cutler's 10-yard touchdown scramble on third-and-seven gave the Bears a 14-7 lead with 2:13 left in the first quarter. It was Cutler's first TD run since Nov. 20, 2011 against the Chargers and the Bears' first rushing touchdown of the season.

The score was set up by defensive end Willie Young, who forced a Cam Newton fumble with a blindside sack. Lamarr Houston recovered the loose ball at the Carolina 13.

Bears tie score 7-7

(12:37pm) - The Bears converted the takeaway into Jay Cutler's 10-yard touchdown pass to Matt Forte, tying the game 7-7 with 4:31 left in the first quarter.

It appeared that Cutler changed the play at the line of scrimmage, flipped the ball over the middle to Forte, who dashed into the end zone. On the play, Cutler surpassed 25,000 yards for his NFL career.

Teams trade turnovers*

(12:30pm) - On the Bears' second possession, Alshon Jeffery made a nifty 31-yard one-handed reception from Jay Cutler. But late on the drive, Cutler's pass into double coverage intended for Brandon Marshall was intercepted by Roman Harper at the Carolina 8.

But the Bears defense got the ball back three plays when Isaiah Frey ripped the ball loose from rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin after an 18-yard catch and Frey recovered at the Carolina 28.

Panthers take a 7-0 lead on fluke play

(12:15pm) - With the Bears punting, Teddy Williams hit return man Philly Brown before the punt arrived. The ball hit Williams and was scooped up by Brown, who scampered 79 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown with 10:56 left in the first quarter.

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