Bears took 'greatness' out of A.J. Green when it counted

Bears took 'greatness' out of A.J. Green when it counted

September 8, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Scott Krinch

Stopping A.J. Green is no small order. For most of the game on Sunday, it looked as if he would get the last laugh against the Bears.

But Green's day started out rather inauspiciously.

The usually sure-handed receiver dropped a pass with nobody near him that bounced in the hands of Charles Tillman for his first interception of the season.

"I put it on myself," Green proclaimed. "I had that drop across the middle that got tipped up ... I took my eyes off it. I demand greatness of myself and that can't happen."

Green bounced back right away.

The All-Pro made his Pro Bowl counterparts look silly at times with a few highlight reel catches.

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Green then showed why he belongs in the same class as Calvin Johnson on the Bengals third possession.

It looked as Tillman had a clear interception on the right sidelines when Green came streaking in out of nowhere to haul in a 42-yard pass. Andy Dalton capped off the drive just two plays later with a two-yard score to Green.

On the very next drive, Dalton found Green wide open for a 42-yard touchdown while Charles Tillman was dealing with dehydration issues on the bench.

Green finished the first half with five receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

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That's where the fun stopped for the Bengals star.

Tillman and Jennings held Green in check throughout the second half with just 33 yards on four catches.

"We knew they were going to come out and try to make big plays, and they had success doing it," Jennings said. "We didn't change a whole lot, we just had to tighten up what we do and kind of slow them down a little bit. They're a very explosive team, but we were able to make a little bit more of it toward the end on defense, and the offense carried us home."

The Bears next two opponents don't have a wideout the caliber of 'Megatron,' but it was a good test for when they face Johnson and the Lions at Ford Field in three weeks.

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