Hester sets record, Bears beat Panthers 34-29

By ANDREW SELIGMAN | October 2, 2011 | 4:20 PM EDT

Chicago Beas' Devin Hester (23) gives a stiff-arm to Carolina Panthers' Olindo Mare (10) on the way to a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO (AP) — Devin Hester set an NFL record with his 11th punt return for a touchdown, Matt Forte ran for a career-high 205 yards and the Chicago Bears beat Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers 34-29 on Sunday.

Hester had earlier set up a touchdown run by Forte with a 73-yard kickoff return before he ran back a punt 69 yards in the second quarter to move ahead of Eric Metcalf on the all-time list. He performed three somersaults in the end zone with the lead at 24-10, but the celebration was a little early.

The Panthers cut the lead to four points at halftime and had their chances to take the lead in the second half but came up short, spoiling coach Ron Rivera's return to Soldier Field.