The Chicago Bears returned both an interception and a fumble return for touchdowns, and went on to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 40-23 in an NFL Sunday night game at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
The Steelers, then, have started the season 0-3 for the first time since 2000. Chicago is 3-0.
Pittsburgh outgained the Bears 459 yards to 258, but turned the ball over five times. The 40 points scored by Chicago were the most by a Steelers opponent in a home game since they lost 47-36 to Tennessee in the 1999 season finale.
The Bears jumped to a 17-0 lead after one quarter on touchdown runs by Matt Forte and Michael Bush, and on a 47-yard field goal by Lock Haven’s Robbie Gould. Shaun Suisham put the Steelers on the board with a 27-yard field goal before Chicago’s Major Wright intercepted Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and ran the pick back 38 yards for a score. Roethlisberger then found Antonio Brown with a 33-yard TD pass, making the halftime score 24-10.
Gould and Susiham swapped third-quarter field goals, and Roethlisberger found Brown for another score, this time from 21 yards away from the end zone. A Suisham kick cut the Bears’ lead to 27-23 with 10:38 remaining in the game, but Chicago’s Jay Cutler threw a 17-yard scoring pass to Earl Bennett on a play ruled incomplete but overturned upon review, and Julius Peppers completed the scoring with a 42-yard fumble return.
Roethlisberger completed 26-of-41 passes for 406 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Brown caught two passes for 196 yards and two scores. The Steelers’ top rusher was Jonathan Dwyer with 12 carries for 39 yards.
For the Bears, Cutler was 20-for-30 for 159 yards with no interceptions. Brandon Marshall caught five passes for 52 yards. Forte carried the ball 16 times for 87 yards.
Next Sunday the Steelers will play the Minnesota Vikings (also 0-3) in London, England.