The Chicago Bears defeated the San Diego Chargers 33-28 in Soldier Field's opening day preseason game.
The chemistry that has worked so well with Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall last year continued in the first half of this game. Marshall, the only recipient of Cutler during the quarterback's limited playing time, caught four passes for 38 yards and a touchdown. Cutler was sacked twice and posted a 98.3 quarterback rating after being intercepted once.
Running back Matt Forte was also on a mission; the six-year back out of Tulane darted through a large hole created by first-year Bears lineman Jermon Bushrod on a left-side pitch play for a 58-yard gain, adding to the 74 yards total on eight carries.
The Bears defense continued to thrive in the preseason as the squad accumulated four sacks, an interception and forced four fumbles.
"I think [turnovers] can be overanalyzed," Rivers said in defense of him and his offense's poor production. "[The turnovers] are what they are, but I don't see it as a step back. I have sen some bad play and non-rhythmic offenses in the preseason, then they have great years, and I have seen some great drives in the preseason, and they all go for nothing in the regular season."
Jon Bostic even made himself an Internet sensation after delivering a huge tackle and forcing a fumble on a failed Chargers screen pass.
Veteran kicker Robbie Gould was perfect for the evening hitting all four field goals.
The Bears will continue their preseason at Oakland Aug. 23.