C+ QUARTERBACK: Cam Newton had his second 300-yard passing game, but threw two interceptions, fumbled twice and finished with a passer rating of 57.0. The most costly pick was not Newton's fault.
C RUNNING BACKS: It looks like DeAngelo Williams' days in Charlotte are numbered if not by Tuesday's trade deadline, then during the offseason. Jonathan Stewart is now the featured back, although he averaged just 2.5 yards a carry.
C RECEIVERS: Steve Smith's slip was a game-changer. Smith caught seven passes for 118 yards, but still doesn't have a TD this season. Brandon LaFell returned to the game after taking a big hit to the head.
C- OFFENSIVE LINE: It doesn't matter what running scheme the Panthers are using if the line isn't opening holes. It was not a terrible effort by the line, but it still left plenty to be desired.
A DEFENSIVE LINE: Greg Hardy had a career-high three sacks, Charles Johnson had two sacks and two strips and the Panthers finished with six sacks all in the first half. The tackles did a nice job on Matt Forte, who rushed for 70 yards after 205 and 166 yards in his past two games against Carolina.
B LINEBACKERS: Luke Kuechly again finished with a double-digit tackle total (10), although the rookie ran around a block on Forte's 13-yard touchdown run up the middle. Thomas Davis added six stops, five solo.
C DEFENSIVE BACKS: Rookie Josh Norman intercepted Jay Cutler in the first quarter, then picked him off again on a 2-point conversion try. Norman got picked on during the game-winning drive when the Panthers stayed in a soft zone.
B SPECIAL TEAMS: A year after Devin Hester went wild against Carolina, the Panthers kept the ball away from him. Hester had two punt returns for 11 yards and didn't touch the ball on a kickoff. But the directional kicking led to a 6-yard shank by punter Brad Nortman that led to a Bears' touchdown.
D COACHING: Rob Chudzinski stuck with his plan to pound the ball with a more traditional running game. But for a team with nothing to lose, Ron Rivera opted against a 50-yard field goal try from Justin Medlock at the end of the first half, and defensive coordinator Sean McDermott stayed in soft coverage as the Bears in Rivera's words systematically beat Carolina on the final drive