Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Jay Cutler tossed two of the Chicago Bears’ three touchdowns in the fourth period en route to a 38-31 victory over the Cleveland Browns Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium
Cutler, who missed four games due to groin and ankle injuries, completed 22 of 31 passes for 265 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions as the Bears (8-6) kept their playoff hopes alive with their second straight victory.
Matt Forte ran for 127 yards on 24 carries while Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. Alshon Jeffery and Earl Bennett caught Cutler’s other touchdown passes.
Jason Campbell completed 23 of 39 passes for 273 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions as the Browns (4-10) suffered their fifth straight defeat.
The Browns scored first after Billy Cundiff made a 35-yard field goal in the opening quarter but Robbie Gould tied the game with a 23 yarder early in the second.
Tashaun Gipson Gipson returned a Cutler interception 44 yards for a touchdown to give the Browns a 10-3 lead with 8:01 to play in the first half.
Minutes later, Cutler redeemed himself with a five-yard scoring pass to Marshall to tie the game at the break.
Chicago cornerback Zack Bowman turned Campbell’s second interception into a 43-yard return for a touchdown to put the Bears ahead in the third but Browns rusher Edwin Baker ran rushed for a two-yard touchdown to tie the game anew.
Then, Cleveland strong safety T.J. Ward returned tight end Martellus Bennett’s fumble 51 yards for a touchdown as the Browns took a 24-17 heading into the fourth.
In the fourth, Jeffery hauled in a 45-yard touchdown pass that drew the Bears even before Cutler made it 31-24 with a four-yard scoring pass to Earl Bennett.
Bears running back Michael Bush capped a 78-yard scoring drive with a 40-yard touchdown with 3:13 to play for a commanding 38-24 lead.
Despite the lead, the Bears needed to recover an onside kick to seal the victory after Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon hauled in a 43-yard touchdown pass from Campbell with 1:03 to play in the fourth quarter.