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CHICAGO -- Brandon Marshall saw the grin on Jay Cutlers face, and that was all it took to put him at ease. Tony Gonzalez Camo Jersey . The Chicago Bears were trailing again. Time was running out. "Thats when you want that type of quarterback," Marshall said. Robbie Gould kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired after Cutler rallied the Bears in the fourth quarter for a 23-22 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. The Bears trailed 19-7 in the fourth period when the game turned in a big way. Chicago (6-1) took over on the Carolina 38 after Brad Nortman shanked a 6-yard punt, and Cutler connected with Kellen Davis on a 12-yard scoring pass with just under 7 minutes left. On Carolinas next play from scrimmage, Steve Smith slipped on an out pattern and Tim Jennings returned his second interception of the game 25 yards to make it 20-19. The pass failed on the 2-point attempt. Cam Newton drove the Panthers to the Chicago 27, and Justin Medlocks 45-yard field goal hit the right upright and went through to put Carolina ahead 22-20 with 2:27 remaining. But Cutler moved the Bears 55 yards to the 23-yard line, going 6 of 7 before Gould nailed his winner. "(Cutler) gets up smiling," Marshall said. "Im sitting here shaking -- a little bit of the cold weather, a little bit of (being) nervous -- and he just starts smiling like, Well, here we go. It just put me at ease right away. The guys feel that vibe and they play off of it." For Newton and the Panthers (1-6), the vibe couldnt be worse. They fired their general manager during the week amid turmoil about their performances, and then dropped their fifth straight game after dominating for most of the day. Carolina gained 416 yards and had six sacks against Cutler, with Greg Hardy getting to him three times. But somehow, Chicago pulled it out. "Not heartbreaking," Smith said. "Tiresome, monotonous, a few guys in here are perturbed and (ticked), but were beyond heartbreak. Were just getting upset." Cutler completed 19 of 28 passes for 186 yards after having his ribs bruised by Detroits Ndamukong Suh on Monday night. Marshall had 98 yards receiving and Matt Forte ran for 70 yards and a touchdown for Chicago. And with Jennings running back that interception, Chicagos defence has six touchdowns on the season. "We were down," Jennings said. "We knew we had to score on defence. Our captains rallied up the troops. We knew that if we got our hands on the ball we had to score. Thats been our mentality all season. I was able to be in the right position and make a play." Newton threw for 314 yards and Smith added 118 receiving for Carolina. Medlock nailed five field goals, but the Panthers took another stinging loss. With the worst record in the NFC, they let longtime GM Marty Hurney go Monday while making it clear no one except maybe Newton is safe. Even hes come under criticism in recent weeks for his demeanour, and adding to the Panthers woes was a mounting list of injuries. Three-time Pro Bowl centre Ryan Kalil (foot), cornerback Chris Gamble (shoulder) and three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jon Beason (knee and shoulder) went down for the rest of the season in recent weeks. "This was a challenging week, not only for myself, but for any Carolina Panther fan that has been following us," Newton said. "We just have to come out and keep enduring and keep going and keep going. It tells a lot about the teammates and what type of team you have faced with adversity." The way this game started, it was hard to tell which team was in first place and which one was in disarray. Hardy only had two sacks this season and never more than one in a game in his career, but he created all kinds of havoc in the first half. The Panthers also had 226 yards while holding the Bears to 49 through the first two quarters. Cutler tried to hit Marshall deep in double coverage on Chicagos first possession and got picked off by Josh Norman near the goal line. Fortes 13-yard scoring run through a big hole in the line on the Bears next possession made it 7-0, but otherwise it was a brutal half for the Bears. The Panthers might have broken it open had they converted a few more chances near the goal line. Instead, they got two field goals by Medlock in the first half and a touchdown by Louis Murphy on a fumble recovery in the end zone after teammate Newton coughed it up on an 8-yard scramble while building a 13-7 halftime lead. Notes: Cutler said his ribs werent bothering him. He just didnt play well for most of the game. "Didnt really feel them at all," he said. "No one played well. I didnt play well. It starts with me. Offensively, those first 3 1/2 quarters were just ugly." ... Gould missed a 33-yarder early in the fourth quarter. ... Even though Jennings now has six interceptions, the Panthers Smith wasnt heaping praise on him. "I know you want to pump him up. Ive been kicking his (butt) every time Ive come up here and today no was different. Do you disagree? I didnt think so." Roddy White Limited Jersey . Marcel Aubut told a parliamentary committee hes proud of the Olympics association with the mining giant, which is supplying 4,700 medals for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer. Matt Ryan Pink Jersey . Kinsler hit a leadoff home run and Mitch Moreland launched a 463-foot shot, leading Ryan Dempster and the Rangers over the Minnesota Twins 9-3 Saturday for their fourth straight win. . If he can fire up the fans back at home, too, the Washington Capitals could be in store for a deep playoff run. Ovechkin scored a power-play goal with 7:27 remaining to snap a tie and gave the Capitals a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers that squared the Eastern Conference semifinal series 1-1 on Monday night. Justin Blalock Jersey . The 33-year-old had two goals and 10 assists with the Calgary Flames last season. Hannan has 33 goals, 164 assists and 522 penalty minutes in 908 career regular season games with San Jose, Colorado, Washington and Calgary. Roddy White Youth Jersey . It still wasnt enough for the Seattle Sounders to snap a winless streak that now stands at six matches. ATLANTA -- Brandon Crawford didnt have to be told the Giants had no available position players in the 11th inning when he fouled a ball off his right knee and collapsed to the ground. Crawford knew he had to remain in the game, and so he got up and hit the next pitch for a three-run homer to give San Francisco the lead in its 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night. Gregor Blanco added another three-run homer in the 11th as the Giants recovered after blowing a two-run lead in the 10th. Manager Bruce Bochy rushed to Crawfords side after the shortstop fouled the ball off his knee. Bochy knew it was crucial that Crawford remain in the game. "I was close to telling him that because we were out of players," Bochy said. No need. Crawford already knew the situation. "I was thinking about it a little bit when I was on the ground," Crawford said. Crawford said the pain went away quickly -- especially after the homer, only his second of the season and his first since April 12. "Its been a while since I hit a homer," Crawford said. "It felt pretty good." The NL West-leading Giants have won five straight, including the first two games of this series. Anthony Varvaro (1-1) hit Eli Whiteside with a pitch to open the 11th before walking Brandon Belt. Chad Durbin replaced Varvaro and struck out Joaquin Arias. The left-handed hitting Crawford pulled a cutter from Durbin into the seats in right. "I tried to run it in there closer to him instead of leaving it on the plate and it didnt quite get there," Durbin said. "It just wasnt in enough." The inning continued as third baseman Chipper Jones second throwing error of the game allowed Justin Christian to reach base. With two outs, Durbin issued an intentional walk to Melky Cabrera before giving up Blancos homer, also to right field, pushing the Giants lead to 9-3. Jones homered off Brad Penny in the 11th. The homer, Jones eighth, gave him 1,596 career RBIs, matching George Bretts record for third basemen. Asked if the landmark was bittersweet, Jones said "Bitter." Cabrera homered in the sixth and had a run-scoring single in the Giants two-run 10th inning to give San Francisco a 3-1 lead. The Giants were one out from the win when Brian McCann hit a tying two-run homer off Santiago Casilla (33-4) in the bottom of the 10th. Asante Samuel Womens Jersey. It was Casillas sixth blown save in 29 opportunities. Bochy said he will talk with pitching coach Dave Righetti and Casilla before deciding if he will change closers. "He was too good tonight to do that," Bochy said of Casilla. "We may have to change it up a little bit, but I dont want him to lose his confidence." Jones first error helped the Giants in the 10th. Arias hit a one-out triple off Varvaro, who then intentionally walked Crawford. Christian hit a soft grounder to third base which Jones fielded while running toward the plate. Jones tried to make an underhand toss to McCann at the plate but threw the ball high, allowing Arias to score. Crawford raced to third on the error. "Takes too much time to overhand it," Jones said. "Its one of those do or die plays. It turned out to be costly." Varvaro walked Ryan Theriot to load the bases before Cabreras bloop single drove in Crawford. Buster Posey, who had three hits for the second straight night, led off the ninth with a single to right off Braves closer Craig Kimbrel before Pablo Sandoval hit into a double play. Juan Franciscos homer in the third gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead. Cabrera tied the game in the sixth with his ninth homer. San Franciscos Ryan Vogelsong and Atlantas Mike Minor both lasted six innings and posted almost identical pitching lines. Vogelsong gave up four hits and one run with two walks and seven strikeouts. Minor gave up three hits and one run with two walks and seven strikeouts. Minor, who struck out the side in the third, retired San Franciscos first 12 hitters. Posey hit a leadoff double to right field in the fifth for the Giants first hit. The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 16 minutes by rain. NOTES: The Giants placed C Hector Sanchez on the 15-day DL with a sprained left knee following an MRI on Wednesday. Whiteside was recalled from Triple-A Fresno and took over for Posey in the ninth. ... McCanns homer was the 150th of his career. ... LHP Jonny Venters (sore left elbow) may start a short rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday. The Braves want Venters to make at least two appearances with Gwinnett before he comes off the 15-day DL. ... The series ends Thursday with Braves RHP Tim Hudson facing Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner. ' ' '

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