Gould field goal lifts Bears over Panthers 23-22

Gould field goal lifts Bears over Panthers 23-22
October 28, 2012, 4:30 pm
Share This Post

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy (76) reacts after sacking Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

(APWF)

CHICAGO (AP) Robbie Gould kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired as the Chicago Bears rallied twice in the fourth quarter to beat the Carolina Panthers 23-22 on Sunday.

The Bears were trailing 19-7 in the fourth when the game turned in a big way.

Chicago (6-1) took over on the Carolina 38 after Brad Nortman shanked a 6-yard punt, and Jay Cutler connected with Kellen Davis on a 12-yard scoring pass with just under seven minutes left.

Then, on Carolina's next play from scrimmage, Steve Smith slipped on a pass pattern and Tim Jennings returned his second interception of the game 25 yards for the go-ahead score.

Cam Newton then drove the Panthers to the Chicago 27, and Justin Medlock's 45-yard field goal hit the right upright and went through to put Carolina (1-6) ahead 22-20 with 2:27 remaining.

Cutler then came up with the winning drive, moving the Bears 5 to the 23 before Gould nailed his game-winner. The Panthers lost their fifth straight game.

---

Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL