Reporting Josh Liss
CHICAGO (CBS) – Bears coach Marc Trestman said the team’s game-winning touchdown drive against the Vikings on Sunday “couldn’t have been better,” but there are definitely improvements the team needs to make going forward.
“It was a great team win. You know, the guys hung in there. It was an unusual game,” Trestman told WBBM Newsradio’s Josh Liss on Monday.
Trestman said it’s rare for a team to pull out a win when it loses the turnover battle, gives up a defensive touchdown, and a kick return touchdown.
“You seldom can come out on top, but a credit to our players. They hung in there,” he said.
He applauded the defense for putting the offense in a position to win on the final drive of the fourth quarter, by holding the Vikings to a field goal on their last possession, to keep it a one-score game.
The Vikings took a 30-24 lead with 3:15 to go in the fourth quarter, after the Bears stopped them at the 4 yard line to prevent what likely would have been a decisive touchdown, and a two-score lead.
“The defense made the stops at the right time, and really contained Adrian Peterson with some great gang tackling. Mel Tucker did a great job, and the staff, of getting our defense ready to stop him,” Trestman said.
Cutler then led the Bears on an 11-play drive, winning the game on a 16-yard touchdown pass to tight end Martellus Bennett, with only 10 seconds left.
“It couldn’t have been better. Again, the defense made the stops to allow us to get going, and they didn’t kick to Devin [Hester]. We got good field position to start the drive, and the guys did a good job,” Trestman said. “Jay spread the ball around. Alshon Jeffery made a huge catch on a … second down play that got us close, and again Martellus made a play up the sideline to get us into position to take some shots in the end zone.”
He also praised the offensive line for keeping Cutler clean for most of the game, giving up only one sack, though the one sack resulted in a fumble return for a touchdown for the Vikings.
“It was a very difficult game. The two ends played very well for Minnesota. Our guys just kept fighting,” Trestman said. “I believe we won the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball yesterday, and that wasn’t easy.”
The one big flaw Trestman pointed to for the game was the four turnovers from the offense, including two interceptions and a fumble by Jay Cutler.
“We still have to take care of the football offensively, and we didn’t do that yesterday, and that’ll be big going down the road,” Trestman said.
The Bears next play the Steelers on Sunday night in Pittsburgh.