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SANTA CLARA -- It is often too easy to have hysteria reactions, or over-reactions, to goings-on, good or bad.
Sunday’s 28-20 Bears win over the San Francisco 49ers makes it twice in two weeks that hyperbole was a not unnatural reaction, particularly with respect to Jay Cutler, who has been nothing if not hyperbole material for the better part of his career.
But Sunday night was defining, in many of the same ways that last December’s Cleveland game was the true tipping point that convinced the organization that Cutler was both a passer and a leader.
With the 49ers fully aligned to stop him specifically at that point, Cutler delivered completions on all five of his attempts, for 51 yards.
Three of the passes went for touchdowns; none went to 49ers. As the fourth quarter opened, Cutler controlled himself and the offense to finish an 80-yard drive in which he overcame two pre-snap penalties (delay of game on himself, false start on Jordan Mills).
With the game and perhaps the season on the line, Cutler, who typically saves some of his worst work for night games on the road against better teams, delivered a near-perfect passer rating of 148.7.
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