However, heading into the third quarter, he was not sacked. By the end of the game, Cutler was sacked six times.
The first sack, manufactured by New Orleans defensive end Turk McBride, proved to be costly.
With the Bears trailing 16-13, McBride forced a fumble on the sack. The pigskin was recovered by Jonathan Vilma in Chicago territory, leading to a four-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to Robert Meachem.
In a game with two opportunistic defenses where neither team turned the ball over in the first half, one had to figure, heading into the third quarter, that the first turnover of the game would be the key play of the game.
Sure enough, the Saints scored 14 unanswered points following Cutler's fumble to seal the game. New Orleans turned the ball over when Charles Tillman forced and recovered a Mark Ingram fumble late in the fourth quarter.
But by then, the game was out of reach. For good measure, Junior Galette sacked Cutler on the Bears' first play after the Ingram fumble
Perhaps if Mike Martz had balanced the playcalling on offense, Cutler wouldn't have been pressured as much. Matt Forte had a 42-yard run that helped lead Chicago to the go-ahead touchdown in the first quarter.
On that touchdown, Cutler completed an eight-yard pass to Dane Sanzenbacher. Sanzenbacher was wide open in the end zone because Forte proved to be a legitimate run threat.
However, Martz went away from the run game. By the end of the game, Cutler completed 19-of-45 passes for 244 yards, whereas Forte ran the ball for 49 yards on only 10 carries.
Arguably, New Orleans was geared up for the pass as a result.
Hence the Saints' ability to get pressure on Cutler.