Well, not only are we stuck here doing this for this meaningless game, Ch. 2 barely comes in on this TV and we have to listen to Randy Cross' "insight" all game. OK, enough complaining. The only thing going for the Bears today is that they can keep the Jets from gaining and AFC wild-card spot. Feel the excitement.
Chris Chandler and the Bears will start from his own 17. ... The Bears actually throw on first down as Chandler hits rookie tight end John Gilmore for 15 yards. ... After a short pass and an incompletion, the Bears are called for a penalty and will have to punt, preserving their season-long streak of not scoring on their first drive.
The Bears defense looks good against the Jets early. Alex Brown bats down a pass and then nearly picks it off, Keith Traylor makes two good plays, one where he side-stepped the center and stuffed Jets back Curtis Martin in the backfield. The Jets also are flagged twice during the series, once on the punt, which means they'll will punt again. Bonus. Amhad Merritt lets the punt bounce off his hands and out of bounds around the 18.
I don't expect much e-mail today, outside of this guy who keeps spamming me with "I need to talk to our about your septic tank" in the subject field. For one, I don't have a septic tank, and if I did, I don't think I'd want to discuss it.
Chandler dumps one to Marty Booker for 4 yards and then Chandler takes it himself up the middle for 5. ... Leon Johnson dives up the middle for the first down. ... Booker snares one 15 yards up the field and then Johnson makes a decent run on the left side. ... The Bears are moving down the field, picking up first downs, until Big Cat Williams is called for a leg whip. ... Chandler is then sacked back in Bears' territory and that drive comes to an end. ... Brad Maynard's punt bounces inside the 5 and then rolls sideways out of bounds around the 2.
The Jets aren't backed up for long as Chad Pennington hits Laveranues Colesfor 21 yards, followed by a 4-yard run by Martin.
Pennington hits Coles again, this time for 15 yards. ... Martin runs a couple of times and the Jets are across midfield. ... Pennington throws one to the end zone but Santana Moss is called for offensive pass interference for shoving Roosevelt Williams trying to come back to the ball. ... Pennington throws incomplete but Martin, on third and 15, is close to picking up the first down. He's short and the Jets will go for it at the Bears 41. ... Pennington fumbles the snap and the Bears will take over on downs.
Chandler completes a pass to fullback Stanley Pritchett for 24 yards. ... Johnson then is stuffed for no gain followed by an incompletion and then a false start that backs the Bears up to third and 15. ... They throw underneath and Edinger will come in to try a 53-yard field goal. It's good.
Bears 3, Jets 0
Edinger follows his long field goal by booting the kickoff out of bounds, so the Jets will start at their own 40. ... Phillip Daniels breaks through and sacks Pennington on first down. ... Martin runs for a few and then Pennington sails one high on third and long.
After the punt and an 11-yard return by Merritt, the Bears start at their own 35. ... Here's the dreaded wide-receiver screen to Booker and, as usual, it nets nothing. ... Chandler finds Booker on a crossing pattern for 10 yards and a first down. ... Rookie back Adrian Peterson is in there now and he makes a couple of nice runs. ... Chandler finds Peteron on second and 2 and Peterson picks up 18 yards down to the 16. ... Peterson runs again and fights for a couple. ... Peterson again for 4 yards and that brings us to the two-minute warning. ... On third and 3, Chandler rolls right and hits Gilmore for 5. First and goal at the 5 and the Jets call timeout. ... On the 11th play of the drive, Peterson finds a hole and scores his first NFL touchdown.
Bears 10, Jets 0
The kid looked great on that drive and gets rewarded with the TD. Meanwhile Chandler is 13 of 16 for 121 yards, which is unheard of this year for a Bears quarterback.
Chad Morton nearly breaks the kickoff for a touchdown. I believe Bryan Knight tripped him up. Whoever it was, the Jets have good field position around their own 45. ... However the Jets' offense stalls and go three and out. Wait, scratch that. They did pick up one first down on that drive. But they still ended up punting.
The punt sails through the end zone and the Bears start at their own 20 with 21 seconds left and three timeouts. ... Of course they run the ball up the middle and here come the boos. Halftime.
Here we go, Morton busts the second-half kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. But, wait, a hold on the Jets negates that. It was Adrian Peterson who was held, so the deflated Jets start at their own 30. ... Martin runs on first and second and picks up about 8 total yards. ... Pennington hits Coles for 12 yards and the Jets convert. ... Pennington then hits Moss close to a first down. ... Martin breaks through the middle, gets a few blocks and is finally brought down by Mike Brown around the 5. A 38-yard gain. But, there's a flag. This one's on the Bears; Brown is called for a face mask on the tackle. ... A false start moves the Jets from first and goal at the 3 to first and goal at the 8. ... Martin breaks a tackle and gets to the 5. ... Pennington hits Wayne Chrebet and Chrebet basically walks into the end zone. That was quick.
Bears 10, Jets 7
Merritt returns the kick to the 37. ... Chandler hits Gilmore at the Bears' 45 and then threads one to Dez White over the middle for a first down. ... The Jets are flagged for a late hit on Chandler and then Leon Johnson busts one up the middle 23 yards down to the 2. ... Johnson then follows a Stanley Pritchett block into the end zone.
Bears 17, Jets 7
Curtis Martin is moving the Jets down the field by himslef. He gets some help with two Pennington to Jerald Sowell passes. ... Randy Cross just called Rosevelt Colvin the best linebacker on the Bears, which was followed by Brian Urlacher sprinting from the middle of the field to make a diving tackle on Martin near the sideline. ... Pennington finds Martin on third down for a 16-yard gain down to the 2, but it's wiped out by a Jets penalty. ... The penalty makes it third and 15 near the 30. Pennington finds Chrebet, but he's well short of the first down. ... John Hall comes on for a 42-yard field goal, which is good.
Bears 17, Jets 10
CBS needs to run a few more "Survivor" promos. Enough. Will this show ever die?
Fourth quarter (Thank, God)
Peterson takes Hall's short kick 21 yards to the 45. ... Chandler hits Johnson for 9 yards and the Bears cross midfield. But after a short run by Johnson and an icomplete pass, Chandler is sacked on third down and the Bears will punt. ... Maynard shanks the punt but it takes a good bounce and rolls out at the 6.
Martin makes a nice cut back and fights his way to the 18. Tack on 5 yards for a face mask. ... Martin again for 3 yards and then Pennington throws one into the ground on a play-action screen. ... On third and 7, Pennington finds Coles for a first at the Jets' 42. ... The Jets are called for having two men in motion. The Bears decline and Pennington throws incomplete on second down. But comes right back and converts another third down to Coles. ... Pennington then throws deep to Coles and Travis Coleman is called for pass interference. The 35-yard penatly moves the Jets inside the 15. ... Martin runs for 6 and then is stuffed at the line by Alex Brown. ... So third and 6 from the 10 and Ro Williams makes a diving play to break up a pass intended for Chrebet. Hall's field goal is good.
Bears 17, Jets 13
Merritt returns the kick 36 yards. ... Peterson is back in there and he rushes for 4 yards. A penalty backs the Bears up 5 yards. Chandler then finds White for about 8 yards. ... Chandler's pass is batted right back to him and Chandler tucks it away before being taken down at the line of scrimmage. The Jets, with 12 men on the field, bail out the Bears once again. That makes it fourth and inches. The referee is wrong. Make that third and inches. Big difference. Here's Henry Burris. What the? There's three guys in the back field. Again, what the? Burris fakes a handoff and then runs for a crucial first down. ... Johnson runs for a couple on first down and the clock runs, under 4 minutes. ... Booker catches a short pass and runs out of bounds after a 5-yard gain. ... Chandler threads one over the middle to Booker for a first down. ... From the Jets' 24, Johnson runs for 2 and New York calls timeout. ... Johnson is stuff for a 3-yard loss and the Jets take their second timeout. ... Third and 11 from the New York 25 and Gilmore moves before the snap. So let's start over, third and 16 from the New York 30. Chandler's pass is broken up. ... Edinger will try a 48-yard field goal. It's good and that puts the Bears in front by a touchdown.
Bears 20, Jets 13
From his own 24, Pennington throws short on first down. ... Pennington dumps one to Martin, who picks up 11. ... Urlacher leaps high to break up a pass to a wide-open Chrebet. ... Pennington finds Chad Morton for about 8 and that takes us to the two-minute warning. ... Mike Green makes a great play to break up a pass, bringing up fourth and 2. ... Pennington finds Richie Anderson for 15 yards. And then hits Martin for 4 down to the Bears' 37. The Jets call their final timeout with 1:11 remaining. ... Pennington hits Chrebet up the middle with running room. Chrebet tries to hurdle Larry Whigham and just drops the ball. Bears recover. Ball game. Brutal play by Chrebet.
Final: Bears 20, Jets 13