We don't give up on the Bears' new franchise quarterback 60 minutes into his Chicago career, do we?
Because that would be an impulsive and ridiculous thing to do, right? Ridiculous and impulsive no matter how bad he looked.
Sure, Jay Cutler's first half in Green Bay wasn't what Bears fans who've been lusting to see the gunslinger in a game that matters hoped for. Eight completions on 22 attempts and three interceptions is nowhere near the production expected from No. 6.
And his fourth interception of the game, the one that eliminated all hope of winning, is going to be the lasting image everyone takes away from the game.
The first taste of Jay Cutler in a meaningful game leaves a horrible taste in the mouth of Bears fans everywhere.
But, he's the guy. He's the quarterback of the now and the future.
He's the undisputed face of the franchise, a position that comes with all kinds of pressure and attention. He played awful, granted, but certainly didn't lose the game by himself.
In fact, had the Bears' defensive unit been able to buckle down in the final two minutes, we'd all be talking about how he overcame a dreadful start to muster a huge road win in a hostile environment.
Cutler wasn't the one who let Packers receiver Greg Jennings streak down the middle of the field for a game-clinching 50-yard touchdown catch. He wasn't the one that called for a fake punt on 4th-and-11 deep in Bears' territory in a two-point game. He certainly wasn't the one that caused linebacker Brian Urlacher to leave the game with a wrist injury.
But, he's the guy who's going to get all the blame when the Bears lose. That's the other part of being the guy who gets all the glory when they win.
His final line (17-for-36, 277 yards, TD, 4 INT) isn't going to be a trend. Nothing in his past would suggest this is anything more than an aberration. Throughout the NBC telecast, former wide receiver Cris Collinsworth jumped at the opportunity to point out how his receivers failed Cutler. One of those interceptions -- by the enormous Johnny Jolly -- was sort of a fluke.
None of this is going to make anyone who bleeds orange and blue feel any better.
Nor will the fact that he bounced back from first half full of groans to put the Bears in a position to win.
Facing a 10-2 deficit, Cutler came out of the locker room and promptly led the Bears to a touchdown in their first second-half possession, connecting with Devin Hester on a 36-yard pass. After a defensive stop, the signal-caller drove the Bears down for a 47-yard Robbie Gould field goal to take a 12-10 lead.
It was just over 11 minutes in game time, but sure went a long way to calm down the collective nerves of a fan base who was suddenly very displeased with their new leader, at least according to the comments streaming through on our live game blog.
When the fake punt fiasco allowed the Packers to kick a field goal for a 13-12 advantage, Cutler and the offensive unit responded with a 15-play drive capped by a chip-shot field goal from Robbie Gould.
But, just when it looked like he was going to be the goat-turned-hero, Jennings' touchdown afforded him the chance to be the goat-turned-hero-turned-goat and throw another interception.
The Cutler era is now 0-1.
A bad 0-1 because this game was very winnable.
So, Bears fans, what now? Do you shake it off, knowing this isn't the Cutler that's going to show up week in and week out? Or do you brace for another year of disappointment? How much do you blame Cutler? How much of the blame would you like to see him take? Isn't that what makes a leader?