Matt Forte managed a serviceable 50 rushing yards for the day on 19 carries, including a touchdown. But it was the quality of his running as much as his quantity that was key.
Forte’s speed getting the edge on the Bears’ fourth-and-one gamble at the Cincinnati 27 in the fourth quarter was matched by his ability to set up his blocks. He had no longer than nine yards but that one for eight was game-altering.
“We got the first down, run some clock off, certainly,” said coach Marc Trestman. “A game-defining moment, that fourth and one, no doubt about it.”
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Forte also caught four of six passes directed at him. His touchdown run was the 27th of his career and he now trails Hall of Famer Walter Payton (110), Neal Anderson (51), Rick Casares (49) and Hall of Famer Gale Sayers (39) in Bears history.
Forte finished the contest versus Cincinnati with 91 total yards from scrimmage. Michael Bush ran six times for a total of 15 yards.