First-quarter wrap: Bears 3, Dolphins 0

Jay Cutler nearly lost a fumble that could have proved costly in the first quarter. Mark J. Rebilas/US Presswire

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The Chicago Bears finished the first quarter fortunate to lead the Miami Dolphins 3-0, but the club squandered a golden opportunity for a touchdown because of ineffective protection along the offensive line.

As the quarter closed, however, the Bears moved close to striking distance and held possession at the Miami 25.

Taking possession at their own 39, after a 24-yard punt return by Devin Hester in the opening quarter, Chicago drove to the Miami 21, where the Bears faced third and 5. As Jay Cutler dropped back to pass, rookie right tackle J'Marcus Webb whiffed on his attempt to block Dolphins outside linebacker Cameron Wake.

Wake unloaded on Cutler for the sack, which caused a fumble that was recovered by left tackle Chris Williams. The 9-yard loss resulted in Chicago settling for a 46-yard field goal from Robbie Gould with 4:27 left in the first quarter to give the Bears a 3-0 edge.