Special teams captain Sherrick McManis pitched in a recovered muffed punt to set up the Bears' first touchdown and blocked a late first-half field goal attempt by the Steelers that set up a Bears field goal at the gun, and Kyle Fuller seemed to be all over the football field making big plays in defense of the Steelers' vaunted aerial attack.
Howard’s heroic effort came in spite of his having to be helped off the field on three occasions with a badly bruised right shoulder.
“Sometimes I was hurt pretty bad. I didn’t feel like I could finish," Howard said.
“But Benny Cunningham, he kept pushing me through, and my coach, and I just saw my team – they kept fighting, so I had to keep playing.”
Coach John Fox said of his Pro Bowl running back, “He’s a tough son of a gun. The more you have of those, the better off you are, and the better chances you have to win.”
Howard thinks he and Cohen (above) can be special.
“We can be very potent," Howard said. "I think the sky’s the limit – we’re trying to be the best duo in the league.”