'Bear' with us: Play-by-play commentary

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Welcome to ChicagoSports.com — and a chance to share the Bears game with us.

There are a couple of changes this week. One is that we finally came up with something to call this thing: 'Bear' with us. Here's what we mean by 'Bear': To worry about the offense, to trust the defense, to blame the coaches/officials, and to curse the biased announcers.

Let us know if you like it.

The other change is that George Knue is sitting in for Adam Caldarelli, the man who usually fills this space. Send any complaints to adcaldarelli@tribune.com. You want to talk to me, send it here.

That's it for now — back at ya around kickoff.

First quarter

Can't figure out what's best — kick off or receive? If the Bears kick off, then Drew Bledsoe gets first crack at our defense — and remembering what Aaron Brooks did last week does not inspire confidence. On the other hand, if the Bears receive, you can run Anthony Thomas down their throat.

Think it's receive.

Boy, nice sunny day, great day for football … dang, we kick off. Here comes Bledsoe. Good sign — Bills off-sides on first play. Bad sign — running back Travis Henry gets about 15 on the first real play.

Worse, on the first third down play, Bledsoe hits Eric Moulds for about 35 to put the Bills deep into Bears territory. Knew it — didn't want to kick off.

Flush Bledsoe from the pocket and he dumps one off to put the ball inside the five as Brian Urlacher slips on the coverage. Next play, Bledsoe hits Peerless Price for six.

That looked way too easy — scoring in about four minutes.

Bills 7, Bears 0

Thomas gets the ball on the first three plays for the Bear offense and it's a first down. But the brief success doesn't last long. Big rush forces bad pass, Thomas gets a couple and we get that fan favorite, the wide receiver screen. Guess what? Bears punt.

Bears can't seem to get to the passer, not an unfamiliar complaint. After an incomplete pass, Bledsoe has about 15 minutes to get a receiver — and a first down. Same thing one play later.

At this rate …

Again, Bledsoe finds a receiver for a first down. But whoa — Buffalo's Henry fumbles and the Magic Man, Mike Brown, takes a lateral from Rosie Colvin and brings it home for six.

Can you ever give up on these guys?

Bears 7, Bills 7

Give Colvin the fumble recovery and Brown a 60-yard return after the lateral. Reggie Austin showed some good defense to slow Henry up and set up the gang tackle that resulted in the fumble. Bills' crowd silenced. The Bears have yet to really stop the Bill offense and it's a tie game.

Bledsoe again avoids the rush and converts the third down. The Bear defense has gotten close twice — once when Keith Traylor blocked a pass and once when Colvin had him in his grasp when the pass was thrown — and has nothing to show for it.

Geez, Bledsoe did it again, converting another third down in the face of a blitz. Haven't we seen enough of this?

Second quarter

Now Alfonso Boone and Traylor get to Bledsoe, and he gets loose for a gain. Next play, on third down, Bledsoe again completes a pass but the receiver is stopped short of the sticks. Mike Hollis tries a 48-yard field goal and it's there.

Bills 10, Bears 7

Amazingly, the Bear offense gets the ball for only the second time early in the second quarter. The drive starts poorly with a holding call on the kickoff return. Two Thomas running plays get three, the crowd gets loud and Jim Miller calls a time-out.

This drive is not off to a good start.

But Buffalo helps with an illegal contact penalty and the Bears get to start fresh. Another dropped pass by Dez White, a 3-yard gain by Thomas, a pass to John Davis for five and the Bears punt. Two possessions, 11 plays, about 30 yards in total offense. This is not enough.

Shawn Bryson has been at running back for Buffalo ever since Henry's fumble, and he gets two nice runs as the Bills drive again. Bledsoe keeps hitting passes when he needs to and the rush can't get to him.

Colvin gets a personal foul for hitting Bledsoe and the Bills are knocking at the door once more. Bledsoe hits Moulds for the TD.

Bills 17, Bears 7

This has not been an especially inspiring afternoon for the Bears, on offense or defense. The offense has done nothing, and with the exception of the fumble, neither has the defense. Now would be a good time for something to happen.

The offense gets a first down on a completion to White, another first down on a late hit on Miller, and then Booker catches one for 36 yards. The Bears are in Bills territory at last, with about two minutes to go in the half.

Thomas gets about six yards on two runs, and Miller calls time with 34 seconds left. This is a big play.

And David Terrell, who has been the money man when the Bears get close, makes it. He catches the TD pass from Miller and the Bears are back in it.

Bills 17, Bears 14

The Bills get the ball, and the Bears finally get a sack, by Rosie Colvin on the last play of the half.

The Bears haven't distinguished themselves on either side of the ball, but they have shown the resiliency that has been their trademark since the start of last season. But here's the thing — the defense is going to have to find a way to keep Bledsoe (15-of-19 for 170 yards and two TDs) from making them look like a bunch of wanna-bes. We're saying that's where this game is going to be won.

Third quarter

The quarter starts inauspiciously. Three plays and out for the Bear offense, and then a facemask penalty on the punt return. Bledsoe gets to start with good field position. This stinks.

Warrick Holdman left the game with an injury in the first half — and hasn't returned. Mike Caldwell is in there.

Stunner — the Bears stop the Bills on third down, Hollis tries the field goal, and makes it.

Bills 20, Bears 14

The offense is back on the field, and again, it's time to do something. But they don’t. Again, three and out.

But the Bears catch a break on the punt return. Buffalo gets hit with a pair of penalties and starts from its own five. Two short gains and an incomplete pass will give the ball back to the Bears, who get the ball at Buffalo's 34 after the punt.

C'mon, let's see something.

But nothing. Again, three and out, with this one ending with a field goal from Paul Edinger.

Bills 20, Bears 17

Just when you think things may start getting better, the Bills get a great kickoff return that puts them around midfield. Two steps forward, one step back.

Big third down, and finally a big play. Colvin and Alex Brown combine to sack Bledsoe. Punt leaves the Bears with the ball at their own 11, but that was a big stop. Here's hoping, again, for some big offense.

Boy, Thomas can't get anything going. He's averaging about two yards a carry. Can't we get a running game?

Miller hits Booker for a big first down, then Thomas gets 4 and 5 yards on his next two carries. Can the run game be happening at last? Maybe not … short by inches.

Bears go for it, but a false start messes it up.

The defense has held Buffalo to minus-2 yards in its last four possessions. This possession ends with a Bear sack and it's back to the Bear offense.

Fourth quarter

Booker makes a great catch that puts the Bears into Bills' territory as the quarter starts. Terrell gets another first down on the next play and White does the same on the next play. First and goal from the seven.

Thomas for one, incomplete pass to Booker in the end zone, and it's big play time. And it's Terrell again — touchdown.

Hold on, Bills protest, saying Terrell only got one foot in. The call is reversed — and it looks right. Edinger on to try the field goal. Good.

Bears 20, Bills 20

The defense has been really solid the entire second half, allowing only five yards of offense. The Bears need more of the same. But they're not getting it — Bills drive into field goal range.

Henry's back in at running back and he makes two good runs, including one to the one-yard line. Bledsoe hits Dave Moore for the TD. That didn’t take long.

Bills 27, Bears 20

Thomas gets a first down on third-and-one with about seven minutes to go. Leon Johnson does the same as the Bears get to midfield.

Big third-down catch by Marcus Robinson; First-and-10 at the 39. Down to four minutes.

Huge pass interference call on a Miller pass to Terrell. First-and-goal from the four.

Thomas for one. Miller, under some pressure, hits John Davis for the TD.

Bills 27, Bears 27

There's 2:46 to go. The defense really needs a stop. Have we been here before? In every game this season, the defense has been in this position — and they haven't stopped the other guys much.

It's time.

Maybe not. Bledsoe hits one for about 20. A tripping penalty on Bryan Robinson gives the Bills 10 more. A pass to Moulds puts the Bills in range at the 34.

Two-minute warning. Urlacher tackles Henry for 1-yard loss. Bears call time. First-down catch by Larry Centers. Another Bear timeout. Henry to the 25. And another time.

Henry for four … fourth down and here comes Hollis.

It's a 39-yard field goal attempt, with 32 seconds left.

Blocked — by Big Cat Williams. Life, with 25 seconds to play.

The Bears run out the clock and it's overtime, the Bills' third OT this season.

Overtime

The Bears win the toss and get the ball first.

Leon Johnson returns the kickoff to the 20. Incomplete pass. Thomas for five. Incomplete pass. And a short punt, giving Buffalo great field position at it own 40.

Terrific catch by Eric Moulds at the Bear 26. Travis Henry catches a pass from the game-winning TD.

Bills 33, Bears 27

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