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Cutler leads Bears over Broncos in Denver return

Aug 31, 2009 - 7:17 AM By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer

DENVER(AP) -- Heckled and harassed by a hostile crowd, Jay Cutler silenced the jeers the best way he knew how - with his powerful right arm.

The Chicago quarterback played the role of villain to perfection in his return to Invesco Field, leading the Bears team to a 27-17 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday night.

"This isn't your everyday situation," Cutler said.

Far from it.

Cutler had a very public spat with new Broncos coach Josh McDaniels after Cutler decided he didn't want to play for him anymore. The rift came to a halt on April 2 when the Broncos dealt Cutler to Chicago for Kyle Orton and a handful of picks.

Now, Cutler is more interested in putting the past behind him.

The crowd, though, wasn't about to let him forget, taunting him the entire game.

"We knew coming into this it was going to be a hostile environment, which was good," said Cutler, who threw for 144 yards and a touchdown. "It's good preparation for us."

The louder he was booed, the more he bore down. That's what running back Matt Forte noticed in the huddle.

"He was calm, and kept everyone else calm," Forte said.

After Cutler led the Bears on a 12-play, 98-yard drive just before halftime, he pumped his fist in exhilaration, almost a "take that" sort of gesture.

So, was it?

"I think any quarterback is going to be happy with that," Cutler said. "To go 98 yards in this league is hard."

Not to mention in a place like Denver, where the Pro Bowler once was viewed as the next coming of Hall of Famer John Elway. It certainly made an impression on defensive lineman Tommie Harris.

"Jay is Mr. Consistent," Harris said. "He looked good out there. We're just fortunate to have him in our orange and blue."

Cutler's performance may make those fans deriding him Sunday wish he was still wearing the Broncos' orange and blue.

"It went well," Cutler said of his return. "It was a little bit weird - different locker room, different sideline. But that's how it goes. I love where I'm at in Chicago. I think we're heading in the right direction offensively."

Meanwhile, the Broncos are searching for answers for their lackluster offense. They lost Orton after he cut his right index finger on a helmet late in the second quarter.

Orton immediately looked down at his bloody finger, showed it to the sideline and then trotted off the field. He was taken to the locker room, his night finished.

As for how long he might be out, McDaniels wouldn't elaborate, saying only "I'm not going to talk about that or the extent of it yet."

The team already is missing backup Chris Simms after he sprained his ankle in a preseason game last week at Seattle.

"I'm going to work as hard as I can," said Orton, who was 12 for 16 for 96 yards before suffering the gash on his finger. "I don't know how long I will be out, but mentally I will be ready to go and I think physically I will be, too."

Denver's sputtering offense only generated Matt Prater's 31-yard field goal in the first half. The team also was plagued by penalties (10) and turnovers (2).

With just one preseason game remaining - and the starters not expected to see a lot of time - the Broncos are running out of opportunities to shore up deficiencies.

"There are some things that we have got to get fixed reasonably quickly," Orton said. "We have got to play better than we have been."

McDaniels certainly wasn't pleased with his offense, especially the long-yardage situations.

"Sloppy, certainly," McDaniels said.

As for Cutler's return to Denver, McDaniels summed it up succinctly.

"It's over," he said.

But he quickly added that wasn't the focus - just a little extra drama.

"It was a great atmosphere to play in for our football team to try and get ready for the regular season," McDaniels said. "He did some nice things for them and I'm sure he will have a good year out there in Chicago."






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    CHICAGO 3 14 0 10 27
    DENVER 3 0 7 7 17 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DEN - FG, MATT PRATER 31 YD, 9:21. Drive: 6
    plays, 31 yards in 2:47. DENVER 3-0
    CHI - FG, ROBBIE GOULD 40 YD, 14:50. Drive: 10
    plays, 58 yards in 5:29. CHICAGO 3-3
    2ND QUARTER: CHI - TD, MATT

    Aug 30 11:16 PM


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    FG CHI
    ROBBIE GOULD 25 YD
    CHICAGO 27
    DENVER 17 0:10 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Bears 27, Broncos 17  4th - 0:10Aug 30 11:13 PM
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    TD DEN
    DARIUS WALKER 1 YD RUN
    (MATT PRATER KICK)
    CHICAGO 24
    DENVER 17 5:46 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Bears 24, Broncos 17  4th - 5:46Aug 30 11:00 PM
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    TD CHI
    ADRIAN PETERSON 12 YD RUN
    (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)
    CHICAGO 24
    DENVER 10 10:49 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Bears 24, Broncos 10  4th - 10:49Aug 30 10:49 PM


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    CHICAGO 17
    DENVER 10 15:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR
    DEN BALL ON CHI 47 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Bears 17, Broncos 10  4th - 15:00Aug 30 10:37 PM


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    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    CHICAGO 3 14 0 17
    DENVER 3 0 7 10 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DEN - FG, MATT PRATER 31 YD, 9:21. Drive: 6
    plays, 31 yards in 2:47. DENVER 3-0
    CHI - FG, ROBBIE GOULD 40 YD, 14:50. Drive: 10
    plays, 58 yards in 5:29. CHICAGO 3-3
    2ND QUARTER: CHI - TD

    Bears 17, Broncos 3  End of 3rdAug 30 10:37 PM


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    TD DEN
    PEYTON HILLIS 2 YD RUN
    (MATT PRATER KICK)
    CHICAGO 17
    DENVER 10 5:21 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Bears 17, Broncos 10  3rd - 5:21Aug 30 10:18 PM


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    CHICAGO 17
    DENVER 3 14:53 LEFT, 3RD QTR
    CHI BALL ON CHI 6 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Bears 17, Broncos 3  3rd - 14:53Aug 30 9:59 PM


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    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    CHICAGO 3 14 17
    DENVER 3 0 3 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DEN - FG, MATT PRATER 31 YD, 9:21. Drive: 6
    plays, 31 yards in 2:47. DENVER 3-0
    CHI - FG, ROBBIE GOULD 40 YD, 14:50. Drive: 10
    plays, 58 yards in 5:29. CHICAGO 3-3
    2ND QUARTER: CHI - TD, MA

    Bears 3, Broncos 3  HalfAug 30 9:59 PM


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    TD CHI
    MATT FORTE 6 YD PASS FROM JAY CUTLER
    (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)
    CHICAGO 17
    DENVER 3 0:13 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Bears 17, Broncos 3  2nd - 0:13Aug 30 9:41 PM


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    TD CHI
    MATT FORTE 1 YD RUN
    (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)
    CHICAGO 10
    DENVER 3 8:12 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Bears 10, Broncos 3  2nd - 8:12Aug 30 9:04 PM


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    CHICAGO 3
    DENVER 3 14:58 LEFT, 2ND QTR
    DEN BALL ON DEN 30 YD LINE
    2ND AND 2

    Bears 3, Broncos 3  2nd - 14:58Aug 30 8:49 PM


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    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    CHICAGO 3 3
    DENVER 3 3 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DEN - FG, MATT PRATER 31 YD, 9:21. Drive: 6
    plays, 31 yards in 2:47. DENVER 3-0
    CHI - FG, ROBBIE GOULD 40 YD, 14:50. Drive: 10
    plays, 58 yards in 5:29. CHICAGO 3-3

    Bears 0, Broncos 0  End of 1stAug 30 8:49 PM


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    FG CHI
    ROBBIE GOULD 40 YD
    CHICAGO 3
    DENVER 3 0:10 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Bears 3, Broncos 3  1st - 0:10Aug 30 8:44 PM


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    FG DEN
    MATT PRATER 31 YD
    CHICAGO 0
    DENVER 3 5:39 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Bears 0, Broncos 3  1st - 5:39Aug 30 8:33 PM