After a solid ending to the 2009 campaign, the Bears kicked of 2010 on a three game win streak. Chicago started with a controversial and arguably undeserved win against Detroit, but they performed far better against the Cowboys and Packers. Cutler started his second year in Chicago by throwing for almost 300 yards a game, 6 total touchdowns, and just 2 interceptions. Unfortunately, the momentum came to a screeching halt once again under prime time spotlight.
The New York Giants slaughtered the Chicago Bears on Sunday night football. The offense gained 110 total yards, suffered three turnovers, and gave up 9 first half sacks. Worst of all, the onslaught of pressure by the Giants led to Cutler being concussed. The injury left the Bears without their starting quarterback for one game.
The Bears leaned on their defense and Matt Forte to earn their fourth victory against the Carolina Panthers. Cutler returned to action against the Seattle Seahawks the following week, but he experienced less than a warm reception. The Bears dropped back to back games against the Seahawks and Redskins. Against the Redskins, Cutler threw 4 dreadful interceptions to DeAngelo Hall.
At 4-3, many fans wondered if the Bears would fall victim to good Jay, bad Jay again. However, Cutler responded with one of the best stretches in his career. The Bears rattled off 5 straight wins which saw Cutler throw 10 touchdowns to 3 interceptions. After suffering a setback against New England, the Bears won the NFC North with a 41-14 rout of the Vikings.
Cutler continued to roll when the playoffs started by accounting for 4 total touchdowns against Seattle. The 35-24 win set a date with Green Bay for the NFC Championship game.