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                === Saints move to 5-0 behind Hartley, Brees ===
 
 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
 those things."
 
 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,"
 Cutler admitted.
 
 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
 72-yard drive.
 
 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.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 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 20:09:44 ET