NFL Game Summary - New Orleans at Chicago|
(Sunday, October 6th)
Final Score: New Orleans 26, Chicago 18
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Garrett Hartley booted four field goals and
Drew Brees threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns as the New Orleans Saints
remained perfect with a 26-18 decision over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
Brees was an efficient 29-of-35 with two touchdowns to Pierre Thomas for the
Saints (5-0), who received 10 receptions for 135 yards from Jimmy Graham.
"We knew the formula coming into this game was to remain patient, to run the
football effectively, to be very efficient in the passing game and to take
care of the football," Brees said, "And we were fortunate to be able to do all
Thomas ended up with 55 yards on nine grabs, but was limited to 36 rushing
yards on 19 carries.
New Orleans has won 13 straight regular-season games under head coach Sean
Payton dating back to 2011, before his year-long suspension was served.
Alshon Jeffery led the way with a franchise-record 218 yards and a
touchdown on 10 catches for the Bears (3-2), who look to snap a two-
game slide when they host the winless Giants this coming Thursday.
Jay Cutler finished 24-of-33 for 358 yards and had another scoring pass to
Brandon Marshall, while Matt Forte totaled 55 yards on 12 carries in defeat.
New Orleans drew the Bears offsides on a 4th-and-1 near midfield with just
under six minutes to play in the contest, and eventually Hartley converted his
fourth and final three-pointer, a 48-yarder, to give the visitors a 26-10
advantage with 3:01 to go.
Cutler then hit Jeffery on three straight plays, the last one a 58-yard
completion to the Saints' 2-yard line. It was a 26-16 game after Marshall's TD
reception on the next play, and Forte's conversion run brought the Bears
within eight with 2:11 on the clock.
The Saints recovered the onside kick at the Bears' 45 but eventually had to
punt. Chicago ran one play, the record-breaking 21-yard completion to Jeffery,
before time expired.
"Against a team like that, the way they played offensively and ate up the
clock it's hard to rebound if you miss three or four plays in the game,"
New Orleans' defense held the Bears to a three-and-out on the game's first
possession. Hartley was good from 47 yards away and the Saints led 3-0 after
the second series of the contest.
On the next play after the kickoff, Cutler coughed up the ball when caught
from behind by Malcolm Jenkins. Cameron Jordan recovered and rumbled 11 yards
to the Chicago 6-yard line. Two rushes and a short pass failed to get New
Orleans into the end zone, though, and Hartley connected from 19 yards out for
a 6-0 game.
New Orleans went up 13-0 inside of six minutes left in the half after Thomas
caught a short pass and dove for the right pylon from two yards away to cap a
Chicago responded on its ensuing series, as Cutler hit Jeffery for a 3-yard TD
and 13-7 game with 2:41 to go before intermission. However, Thomas broke free
up the middle for a 25-yard catch-and-run score in the final minute that gave
the Saints a 20-7 advantage at the break.
The Saints led 23-7 after Hartley was true from 36 yards away with 8:03 left
in the third quarter to complete a 60-yard march. The Bears came back with a
27-yarder from Robbie Gould that capped a 71-yard series.
New Orleans evened the all-time series with Chicago at 13 wins apiece, having
taken two in a row and five of the last eight meetings since 2000 ... Harlan
Hill held the Bears' previous single-game receiving yardage mark of 214, set
in 1954 ... Graham tied an NFL record for tight ends with his fourth
consecutive 100-yard game, tying Tony Gonzalez's mark set in 2000 ... Chicago
defensive tackle Nate Collins left the game late in the third quarter and did
not return due to a left knee injury.
10/06 20:09:07 ET