Wide receiver Earl Bennett provided highlight material and his first touchdown of 2013 with a crucial 17-yard scoring catch late in the fourth quarter. Officials first ruled that he did not get his feet down in bounds but quarterback Jay Cutler adamantly urged coach Marc Trestman to throw the red challenge flag to appeal the ruling.
Ironically, Bennett wasn’t sure the catch was good when he made it.
“I knew I’d dragged my second foot but I really didn’t know if I’d gotten it down in time,” Bennett said, then laughed. “I was going off the noise from the crowd. Then I saw the replay [on the Jumbotron.”
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Teammates were more sure, enthusiastically congratulating him on the sideline as the replay ran. And they were particularly pleased that it was Bennett, overshadowed at time by others on offense expected to garner most of the touches.
“Tonight when he scored the whole sideline was saying it was good to see Earl finally get that touchdown,” said Brandon Marshall. “We had a word today in chapel and it was about selflessness and Early epitomized that. You see a guy take a pay cut and you see a guy who is really a great receiver, and he’s not getting the ball a lot.
“For him to keep his head in the game and make that play for us, it’s special. It says a lot about his character.”