Moon's Week 17 Grades
Jay Cutler gave the Bears a chance to win in the final “biggest game of the year,” throwing for 226 yards on 15-for-24 passing for touchdowns to Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall. More important, he provided good ball security, with his final pass being intercepted in the end zone but most throws on target and without irresponsible risk.
“I thought Jay played very well tonight,” said coach Marc Trestman. “I thought he threw the long ball well. He gave guys to make plays.”
Cutler’s 37-yard pass to Marshall in the first quarter was a signature throw, Cutler dropping the ball in to Marshall just over cornerback Sam Shields’ hands. Cutler’s longest completion of the game covered 67 yards to Alshon Jeffery and was another precision throw that, like his five-yard TD pass to Marshall, was placed where either his receiver or no one was going to make the catch.
“I thought he was in total command of what was going on out there,” Trestman said. “I thought Jay played well enough for us to win.”
Moon's Grade: A-