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Ugly win for Bears

Ugly win for Bears

CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 28:  Tim Jennings #26 of the Chicago Bears celebrates with a teammate after scoring a touchdown on an interception against the Carolina Panthers on October 28, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.  The Bears defeated the Panther 23-22. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

By Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune reporter

As Julius Peppers entered the locker room, he spoke for nearly everyone in the organization and probably its fan base when he exclaimed, “Winning ugly.”

It trumps the alternative — being on the losing side of an ugly win. The Bears rebounded from a horrendous first three quarters of offensive football to claim a 23-22 victory over the Panthers on Sunday at Soldier Field. Robbie Gould atoned for an earlier miss with a game-winning 41-yard field goal as time expired.

The Panthers did what losing teams do in squandering a 19-7 lead in the fourth quarter. Jay Cutler, who was sacked six times in the first half, fired a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kellen Davis, and cornerback Tim Jennings returned his second interception of Cam Newton 25 yards for a touchdown. Then, after the Panthers went back ahead, Cutler executed the 2-minute drill for Gould’s winning kick as the Bears improved to 6-1… Read More

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28:  Robbie Gould #9 of the Chicago Bears kicks the game winning field goal against the Carolina Panthers as teammate Adam Podlesh looks on at Soldier Field on October 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Panther 23-22.  (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Robbie Gould #9 of the Chicago Bears kicks the game winning field goal against the Carolina Panthers as teammate Adam Podlesh looks on at Soldier Field on October 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Panther 23-22. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28:  Tim Jennings #26 of the Chicago Bears heads down the field on his way to scoring a touchdown after pulling down an interception against the Carolina Panthers on October 28, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.  The Bears defeated the Panther 23-22. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Tim Jennings #26 of the Chicago Bears heads down the field on his way to scoring a touchdown after pulling down an interception against the Carolina Panthers on October 28, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Panther 23-22. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers fumbles the ball while being tackled by Major Wright #21 of the Chicago Bears on the goal line on October 28, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Panthers recovered the ball and scored a touchdown on the play. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers fumbles the ball while being tackled by Major Wright #21 of the Chicago Bears on the goal line on October 28, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Panthers recovered the ball and scored a touchdown on the play. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28:  Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears catches the ball while being covered by Josh Norman #24 of the Carolina Panthers on October 28, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears catches the ball while being covered by Josh Norman #24 of the Carolina Panthers on October 28, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28:  Tim Jennings #26 of the Chicago Bears celebrates scoring a touchdown on an interception against the Carolina Panthers on October 28, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.  The Bears defeated the Panther 23-22. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Tim Jennings #26 of the Chicago Bears celebrates scoring a touchdown on an interception against the Carolina Panthers on October 28, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Panther 23-22. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28:  Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears scores a touchdown on Josh Thomas #22 of the Carolina Panthers on October 28, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears scores a touchdown on Josh Thomas #22 of the Carolina Panthers on October 28, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

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