The New York Giants used two second-quarter touchdowns to go up 17-to-7 on the Chicago Bears heading into the half, but something much more notable happened from Chicago's perspective. That would be the first scoring connection between Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall as members of the Bears, which happened with 1:39 left in the first quarter.
That 21-yard touchdown highlighted what was still a lackluster half for Cutler. Against New York's first-team defense, Cutler went 7-of-17 passing for only 72 yards, though he did complete that one touchdown vs. no interceptions. Chicago also had a tough time rushing the ball -- their leading rusher in the first half was wide receiver Devin Hester, who carried once for 19 yards. Running backs Matt Forte and Michael Bush combined to rush for six yards on nine carries.
The defense, meanwhile, had its own struggles. Giants quarterback Eli Manning went 17-of-21 for 148 yards and a touchdown, and rookie running back David Wilson ran for 49 yards on five carries. Yet, the Giants might not have been the biggest nuisance for the Bears -- or at least for Chicago wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.
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