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Luck's Debut Is A Rough One, Bears Roll To Win

Last updated on Monday, September 10, 2012

(Chicago, IL) - The Indianapolis Colts opened the Andrew Luck and Chuck Pagano era with a 41-21 loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

Jay Cutler overcame a rough start to throw for 333 yards and two touchdowns.

The Santa Claus, Indiana native had a pass intercepted by Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman early in the first quarter with Freeman returning it three yards for a touchdown. The 7-0 lead would be the only lead the Horseshoes enjoyed on the afternoon.

Brandon Marshall caught nine passes for 119 yards and a touchdown with Michael Bush running for two scores and Matt Forte adding another TD on the ground for the Bears.

Luck completed 23 of 45 passes for 309 yards with three interceptions and a lost fumble before hitting Donnie Avery from four yards out early in the fourth quarter for his first touchdown pass as a pro.

Linebacker Dwight Freeney left yesterday's loss in Chicago early in the first quarter with a left ankle injury.

He did not return and his injury was probably the most notable. Offensive tackle Winston Justice also left the game with a head injury and did not return.

Wide receiver Reggie Wayne and safety Antoine Bethea also left the game briefly due to injury, but did return.

Receiver Austin Collie, who is trying to come back from a concussion, was inactive for yesterday's game. The Colts take on the Minnesota Vikings in the home opener at Lucas Oil Stadium this Sunday.

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