CHICAGO | On the first play of the game, highly-regarded tight end Martellus Bennett was wide open for a Jay Cutler pass over the middle and dropped it.
The Soldier Field crowd of 62,213 groaned in unison.
Moments later, Cutler and Bennett hooked up for a difficult 8-yard touchdown catch despite tight coverage deep in the endzone.
"Jay just trusted me enough to put it up there where I could get it and I came down with it," Bennett said. "I had to channel my inner Brandon Marshall.
"My first catch was a touchdown, which was big. That's what I'm here for -- to try and score as many as I can get."
It was not an easy season opener as the Bears trailed 21-10 in the third quarter, then scored the final 14 points in Sunday's 24-21 win over the Bengals.
"A great win for the city of Chicago and the Chicago Bears," said new coach Marc Trestman. "We knew it would be a 60-minute game because the first half didn't go the way we wanted it to.
"It tested us and our backbone."