It wasn't looking good for Jay Cutler and the Bears on Sunday. For over three quarters, the Panthers had "hothead" Jay rattled and a comeback didn't seem to be in the cards.
Coming into Soldier Field, the Panthers defense had a gameplan of shaking Cutler up.
"Yeah it getting under Cutler's skin was," rookie cornerback Josh Norman told CSNChicago.com. "He's a hothead. It is what it is though. It's the league and we're going to jab back and fourth at each other."
One member of Carolina's front four took matters into his owns hands Sunday afternoon. Defensive end Greg Hardy wrecked havoc on the Bears offensive line in the first half, sacking Cutler three times.
"Hit him fast and hit him hard," Hardy told CSNChicago.com. "He's one of those guys that can get shook quick and we wanted to get him out of his comfort zone."
The comfort zone seemed to be fading quick, but then the fourth quarter happened. In Cutler's last three drives, he was 14-16 for 141 yards, had one touchdown and an astonishing 124.2 QB Rating.
Brandon Marshall - who single-handedly destroyed Carolina's secondary on the last drive - had no doubt in his mind that Cutler would lead the Bears back.
"He Cutler gets up smiling," Marshall said. "I'm sitting here shaking and he just starts smiling like, 'Well, here we go.' It just put me at ease right away. The guys feel that vibe and they play off of it."
And Cutler, who has a 132.0 QB Rating in fourth quarters this season, hinted at why the team excels late in games.
"This team, we play as we're down to the tooth-and-nail against most of the teams in this league," Cutler said. "To get out with a 'W,' we're happy, but, any time you win, there's always things to improve on, just like a loss, so we have to keep getting better."