Buffalo Bills vs. Chicago Bears

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The Bears’ Jay Cutler passed for 349 yards but Dan Carpenter’s field goal in overtime was enough to stun Chicago as the Bills took their season opener.

0:28 | September 7, 2014 | Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Football, NFL

Game Information
Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 62,425

CHICAGO (AP) Fred Jackson showed no signs of slowing down as he raced along the sideline, and the Buffalo Bills might be ready to kick things into a higher gear, too.

A stunning overtime victory over the Bears was a good start.

Jackson set up Dan Carpenter's field goal in overtime with a 38-yard run to the 1 and the Buffalo Bills surprised Chicago 23-20 on Sunday.

The veteran running back ran for just 61 yards, but he came through with a big one at the end.

"I am old, but I can still play," the 33-year-old Jackson said.

The Bears had just punted to open the extra period and Buffalo took over on its own 22 to start the winning possession. The Bills got the ball to the Chicago 39 when the 33-year-old Jackson turned toward the left side and broke off his big run, pushing safety Chris Conte out of the way twice inside the 10 before being knocked out of bounds at the 1.

Buffalo's EJ Manuel backed up 3 yards and put the ball in the middle of the field. After a delay of game, Carpenter won it with a 27-yarder.

It was a good start for the Bills as they enter a new era following the death of founding father and Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson. They're trying to end a 14-year playoff drought and they started by knocking off a team eyeing a run to the postseason.

"It's so difficult to win on the road in this league, especially on opening day I think it's even tougher," Bills coach Doug Marrone said. "I'm proud of them. It was different, I'm not going to lie to you. It was different in that locker room before the game."

Jackson said, "It was a great statement win for us to put all that stuff behind and focus on the season."

This was not what the Bears had in mind. They got little pressure from a revamped defense despite the addition of five-time Pro Bowl end Jared Allen, and there were some questionable decisions at times by Jay Cutler, who got picked off twice while throwing for 349 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bears trailed 17-7 at the half after Buffalo scored 17 unanswered points and came up short down the stretch after tying it.

The Bills looked like they might pull this one out in regulation with a 20-17 lead after Dan Carpenter kicked a 33-yard field goal.

That came after Cutler threw across his body and tried to squeeze a pass to Martellus Bennett on a third-and-1 at the Buffalo 34. Kyle Williams came away with his first career interception, instead.

But the Bears answered after the Bills grabbed the lead.

They drove from the 20 to the Buffalo 19, and Cutler threw an incomplete pass to Brandon Marshall in the end zone before Robbie Gould tied it with a 37-yard field goal with 30 seconds left in regulation.

"You guys are going to be as negative as possible," a surly Cutler said. "But we've got a lot of games left, we did a lot of good things. Obviously we made mistakes today and we've got to clean them up and got to keep it going."

Manuel completed 16 of 22 passes for 173 yards for Buffalo. He also had a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

Robert Woods added 78 yards receiving.

Chicago's Matt Forte ran for 82 yards and had 87 receiving. Brandon Marshall caught eight passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. Alshon Jeffery also had 71 yards receiving, although he spent most of the second half on the sideline because of a hamstring injury.

Bennett had 70 yards receiving and a TD, but left guard Matt Slauson and center Roberto Garza left the game with ankle injuries.

It wasn't a great afternoon for a revamped defense, either. Allen, the star addition in the offseason overhaul, was a nonfactor in his Bears debut. But Trestman thought it was a good day overall for that group - Jackson's long run aside.

"At the end of the day you keep them in the 17 to 20-point range, that should be enough for us to win," he said. "And if we hang onto the football, take care of it we would have been in a good position to do that."

NOTES: Bills LB Keith Rivers left the game because of a groin injury and S Aaron Williams was being evaluated for a concussion afterward. Buffalo also held out CB Stephon Gilmore because of a nagging groin injury. ... Trestman thought Jeffery might return at some point in the second half, but that didn't happen. ... Slauson and Garza did not think they were seriously injured.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bills Bears
11:35 Martellus Bennett 12 yd pass from Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould kick) 0 7
06:52 EJ Manuel 2 yd run (Dan Carpenter kick) 7 7

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bills Bears
08:07 Dan Carpenter 50 yd FG 10 7
05:30 C.J. Spiller 7 yd pass from EJ Manuel (Dan Carpenter kick) 17 7

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bills Bears
09:34 Robbie Gould 41 yd FG 17 10
04:23 Brandon Marshall 11 yd pass from Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould kick) 17 17

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bills Bears
04:02 Dan Carpenter 33 yd FG 20 17
00:30 Robbie Gould 37 yd FG 20 20

Overtime Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bills Bears
09:46 Dan Carpenter 27 yd FG 23 20

Team Stats
  Buffalo Chicago
1st Downs 15 29
Total Yards 360 427
Passing 167 341
Passing Completions/Attempts 16-22 34-49
Yards/Pass 7.3 6.7
Rushing 193 86
Rushing Attempts 33 18
Yards/Rush 5.8 4.8
Turnovers 1 3
Fumbles Lost 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 2
Possession 30:32 34:42

Buffalo Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
EJ Manuel 16 22 173 7.9 1 1

Chicago Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Jay Cutler 34 49 349 7.1 2 2

Buffalo Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Fred Jackson 7 61 8.7 0 38
Boobie Dixon 5 60 12.0 0 47
C.J. Spiller 15 53 3.5 0 13
EJ Manuel 6 19 3.2 1 8

Chicago Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Matt Forte 17 82 4.8 0 14
Ka'Deem Carey 1 4 4.0 0 4

Buffalo Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Robert Woods 4 78 19.5 0 32
Mike Williams 2 36 18.0 0 20
Sammy Watkins 3 31 10.3 0 25
Fred Jackson 3 13 4.3 0 5
C.J. Spiller 3 11 3.7 1 7
Frank Summers 1 4 4.0 0 4
Scott Chandler 0 0 0.0 0
Marquise Goodwin 0 0 0.0 0

Chicago Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Matt Forte 8 87 10.9 0 18
Brandon Marshall 8 71 8.9 1 15
Alshon Jeffery 5 71 14.2 0 44
Martellus Bennett 8 70 8.8 1 17
Santonio Holmes 2 21 10.5 0 13
Dante Rosario 1 12 12.0 0 12
Josh Morgan 1 9 9.0 0 9
Micheal Spurlock 1 8 8.0 0 8

Buffalo Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Leodis McKelvin 13 0 0 0
Preston Brown 5 2 0 0
Duke Williams 4 0 0 0
Brandon Spikes 3 3 1 1
Corey Graham 3 0 0 0
Keith Rivers 3 1 0 0
Da'Norris Searcy 3 1 0 0
Aaron Williams 3 1 0 0
Mario Williams 2 0 1 7
Marcell Dareus 2 1 0 0
Ty Powell 2 0 0 0
Jarius Wynn 2 0 0 0
Manny Lawson 1 0 0 0
Stefan Charles 0 1 0 0
Marcus Easley 0 0 0 0
Jerry Hughes 0 1 0 0
Nickell Robey 0 0 0 0
Kyle Williams 0 1 0 0

Chicago Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Ryan Mundy 6 1 0 0
Chris Conte 5 1 0 0
Jeremiah Ratliff 4 1 0 0
Charles Tillman 4 0 0 0
Willie Young 3 1 1 6
Jonathan Bostic 3 0 0 0
Kyle Fuller 3 2 0 0
Stephen Paea 3 0 0 0
Lance Briggs 2 1 0 0
Tim Jennings 2 2 0 0
Jared Allen 1 0 0 0
Lamarr Houston 1 0 0 0
Shea McClellin 1 1 0 0
Danny McCray 1 0 0 0
Will Sutton 1 0 0 0
Jermon Bushrod 0 0 0 0
Shaun Draughn 0 0 0 0
Brandon Marshall 0 0 0 0
Jordan Mills 0 0 0 0
Senorise Perry 0 0 0 0

Buffalo Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Corey Graham 1 45 0
Kyle Williams 1 2 0

Chicago Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Chris Conte 1 5 0

Buffalo Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
C.J. Spiller 1 29 29.0 0 29
Frank Summers 1 11 11.0 0 11

Chicago Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Senorise Perry 1 21 21.0 0 21

Buffalo Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Leodis McKelvin 1 14 14.0 0 14
Fred Jackson 1 0 0.0 0 0

Chicago Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Santonio Holmes 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

Buffalo Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Dan Carpenter 3 3 100.0 50

Chicago Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Robbie Gould 2 2 100.0 41

Buffalo Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Colton Schmidt 5 215 54

Chicago Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Pat O'Donnell 4 160 45