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September 23, 2013

Chicago swarms, dropping Steelers to 0-3

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"The (defensive) back was there, but the throw was perfect and I was able to make the play," Bennett said. "The way we played in the fourth quarter, that really shows how resilient we are."

3. SLOPPY, SLOPPY: Pittsburgh spent the week leading up to the game preaching ball security. All that talk fell on deaf ears. Four of the turnovers led directly to points for the Bears. While the Steelers racked up 459 total yards, most of them came while they were trying to scramble back into the game.

"You're not going to beat anybody in the NFL playing like that," Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said. "We know it. We understand it. It doesn't make it any less painful but that's just the reality of where we are."

4. PICKING PITTSBURGH APART: Cutler spent most of the game focusing on short passes to negate the variety of blitzes the Steelers threw his way. He completed 20 of 30 passes for 159 yards and was sacked just twice. He also made one of the game's biggest plays when he scrambled for 13 yards to extend the game-clinching drive. Rather than slide, Cutler opted to lower his shoulder and plow into Pittsburgh cornerback Robert Golden.

Cutler was on the better side of the collision.

"I wanted to make sure I had the first down," Cutler said. "We were struggling on third down in the second half so I wanted to make sure we kept the drive going."

5. FAST STARTS: The Bears won their first two games thanks to furious rallies. It wasn't required this time after Chicago moved in front 24-3 after Wright dashed 38 yards after stepping in front of Roethlisberger's pass in the second quarter. The cushion sent some at Heinz Field dashing to an early exit and gave Chicago a major boost playing on the road for the first time this season.

"We kept our poise in the noise," Chicago coach Marc Trestman said. "That was number one tonight ... It wasn't easy to beat a great defensive team to the punch like we did at times tonight."

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