NFL organizations always preach about the "perfect fit." There's a lot to get right for a team to win a Super Bowl.
It's even more important when you have to adjust midseason. Just ask the Bears. They entered Thursday's game against the N.Y. Giants with several players at less than 100 percent, including starters Martellus Bennett, Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman.
They emerged with a 27-21 victory at Soldier Field, improving to 4-2. And the Bears don't play again until Oct. 20 at Washington.
So in honor of the T-shirt business started by Bears lineman Nate Collins and Giants receiver Victor Cruz, RedEye presents the biggest plays from Thursday's game. Ahem, one size does not fit all.
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S: Jay Cutler. The Bears offense didn't have the ball much in the opening quarter, but when they did, the QB found a handful of receivers, including little-used fullback Tony Fiametta. He's generous, that Cutler.
M: Brandon Jacobs. While Eli Manning was turning the ball over, the Giants running back bulldozed his way through the Bears defense for 53 yards and a TD in the quarter. Also, he’s listed as 6-foot-4 and 264 pounds. Yikes.
L: Zack Bowman. It didn't take long—three plays, in fact—for Eli Manning to throw his first interception of the night. Peanut Tillman, the man Bowman replaced in the starting lineup, would be proud. Proud indeed.
XL: Tim Jennings. There was nothing for the cornerback to do with his interception, Manning's second of the quarter, but cruise in for six points. There goes the Bears D again, pretending they're the offense. Not that anyone wants them to stop.
First quarter score: Bears 7, Giants 7
S: Eben Britton. Offensive linemen need love too! The Bears' Britton gets some because he made his coaches happy by reporting as an eligible receiver half the night. He wins the Decoy of the Night award, hands down.
M: Michael Bush. When the Bears needed a first down run to keep a drive going late in the half, Bush answered the call. And Robbie Gould capped the drive with a field goal.
L: Manning. For all the picks he throws, he doesn't scare easily. He found Rueben Randle for a 37-yard TD pass to tie the game early in the quarter. THERE'S the guy who has two Super Bowl rings.
XL: Brandon Marshall. The green shoes must be working, as he caught a pair of scoring strikes in the quarter. Maybe green gloves are next!
Second-quarter score: Bears 24, Giants 14
S: Jay Cutler. He's getting really good at this sliding thing. Hands off, opposing defenses!
M: Devin Hester. With his kickoff return to open the half, he set a Bears record for kick return yards with 4,621, passing Glyn Milburn. So we'll forgive him for the fumble he had later in the quarter.
L: Jacobs. He found the end zone again, just before the quarter expired. Not bad for a backup.
XL: Robbie Gould. Steady as always. He nailed a 52-yard field goal to extend the Bears' lead to 13. It was his 12th straight field goal from 50-plus yards, tying an NFL record. Nice.
Third-quarter score: Bears 27, Giants 21
S: Prince Amukamara. No, the Giants cornerback didn't do anything special. We just wanted to use his name because it's fun to say.
M: Matt Forte. When in doubt, just give it to this guy. He'll figure out a way to top 100 yards of offense, game after game.
L: Martellus Bennett. The Giants tried to bring down the Black Unicorn a bunch of times. They usually couldn't do it until he had a first down and then some.
XL: Jennings. With the Giants driving late in the fourth, Jennings snares his second interception of the game. Rest easy for the next 10 days, Bears fans. Your team is 4-2.
Final score: Bears 27, Giants 21
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