Bears lead Panthers 13-6 at halftime as Nick Foles overcomes overall sloppiness

It hasn’t been pretty, but that’s been true of every Bears game this season. They’re leading at halftime as they try to improve to 5-1 for their best start since 2012.

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Foles completed nine of his first 10 passes against the Panthers.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Bears cruised into halftime with a 13-6 lead over the Panthers thanks to a tremendous start by their defense and a sharp performance by quarterback Nick Foles.

They also snuck a 55-yard field goal by Cairo Santos in with two seconds left in the second quarter.

The Bears nearly sunk the Panthers for a safety in the opening minutes, but Teddy Bridgewater was ruled down inside the 1-yard line on Bilal Nichols’ sack. On the next play, rookie cornerback Jaylon Johnson broke up a pass and safety Tashaun Gipson caught the deflection for an interception.

That set the Bears up with first-and-goal at the 7, and after a clunky sequence that included a delay-of-game penalty coming out of a timeout, Foles hit Cole Kmet for a touchdown — the first of his career.

Foles completed nine of his first 10 passes and closed the first half 14 of 20 for 114 yards with a touchdown for a 100.8 passer rating.

As usual, the Bears have been unable to run whatsoever. David Montgomery has gotten all seven of their carries and has 13 yards.

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