Perhaps the only possible criticism of Cutler after he compiled a 146.2 passer rating against the Eagles was the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he drew in the fourth quarter. Cutler was trying to convince officials that defenders had interfered with Forte on third-and-9 pass near midfield at the time.
"You want your quarterback to be into the game, and Jay's a fiery leader and all that, but you have to keep your emotions under wraps a little bit when you're dealing with officials," Smith said. "Believe me, I would be the first guy out there screaming and yelling if I saw them changing calls. But they don't. I can see why he was upset --- we were all upset --- but just like we weren't perfect in the game, the officials definitely weren't perfect either."