NFL Game Summary - Chicago at New Orleans
(Sunday, September 18th)
Final Score: New Orleans 30, Chicago 13
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Drew Brees completed 26-of-37 passes for
270 yards and three touchdowns, as New Orleans trounced Chicago, 30-13, at
Devery Henderson notched 103 yards and a score on three receptions for the
Saints (1-1). Mark Ingram ran for 51 yards, while Darren Sproles posted eight
receptions for 43 yards and a TD. It was an impressive performance despite the
absence of wide receiver Marques Colston, inactive due to a
"Obviously, it was an important win for us," said Saints head coach Sean
Payton. "I thought our energy and our effort overcame some of the early
mistakes we made and I thought as that game wore on we started really gaining
the momentum and getting the pressure defensively and converting the third
downs we needed to offensively."
Jay Cutler connected on just 19-of-45 passes for 244 yards and was sacked
six times for the Bears (1-1), who routed Atlanta in last week's opener.
"It was a long day out there," Cutler admitted. "I had to throw a lot of balls
before I wanted to. The Saints were just the better team today. They kept
coming at me hard and forced our offense to do things we didn't want to do."
Matt Forte totaled 117 yards on 10 receptions and contributed 49 yards on 10
carries in the setback as Chicago played without wide receiver Roy Williams,
who was sidelined with a groin injury.
Chicago's opening drive of the second half moved 46 yards and Robbie Gould
pulled the Bears within 16-13 on a 38-yard make.
That was as close as the visitors came to tasting victory. After the Saints
were forced to punt on their ensuing possession, Cutler was sacked, lost
control of the football and Jonathan Vilma recovered for New Orleans at the
Chicago 29-yard line.
Five plays in, Brees and Robert Meachem hooked up for a four-yard score and
New Orleans assumed a comfortable 30-13 margin on an 87-yard drive covering 14
plays between the third and fourth quarters, but not without a bit of
On 3rd-and-2 from the Bears' 12, Brees found Sproles on the right side, and he
appeared to have beaten his tacklers on his way to the near pylon. However,
replays following the extra point seemed to indicate Sproles' right foot
partially out of bounds on the one. There was no challenge from the Chicago
Chicago failed to move the ball for the remainder of the contest, punting
three times and Cutler was sacked on a 4th-and-24 from the Bears' 41.
Dane Sanzenbacher's first NFL touchdown, an eight-yard connection from Cutler,
put the Bears on the board with less than seven minutes to play in the opening
New Orleans countered on its next drive, thanks to a 31-yarder by John
Kasay, and the Saints forged ahead early in the second quarter after a Chicago
three-and-out when Brees hit Henderson downfield and he ran the rest of the
way for a 79-yard touchdown.
"You need time for Devery to gain ground and get through there," Brees said of
that particular TD pass. "You try not to keep that ball in the air too long.
There's a lot of trust in that throw, and a lot of trust in Devery."
Kasay made a 29-yarder inside of six minutes left in the half for a 13-7
Saints lead, then connected from 53 yards out. Gould made a 42-yarder on the
final play of the quarter and it was 16-10 New Orleans at the break.
New Orleans racked up 382 yards of total offense to 246 for the
Bears...Chicago had beaten New Orleans in three previous meetings, including a
27-24 OT decision in Chicago in December of 2008...Cutler has now been sacked
11 times in the season's first two games...Bears starting guard Gabe Carimi
left the game with a right knee injury.
09/18 21:32:37 ET
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