Desparetly trying to talk about something--anything--Pat Summerall just asked partner Brian Baldinger, "How do you think Bill Parcells would look with a star on his helmet?" Do coaches wear helmets?
Peete scrambles and fumbles and Urlacher recovers and sprints down the sideline before being knocked out inside the 10. ... The Bears are backed up as Gilmore is flagged for a false start. ... Burris keeps it himself and takes a shot at the 5. I think Marty Booker is the next option at quarterback. ... On third and goal, Burris rolls left, looks, looks and finally finds Dez White in the back of the end zone. Nice play by Burris there.
Panthers 21, Bears 14
The Panthers march down field on the strenth of a 14-yard pass to Goings and a 15-yarder to Smith. ... Byrd drops a third down pass and Sauerbrun trots on for a Panthers record 10th punt in the game, which rolls into the end zone.
Burris is stripped on first down and the Panthers recover.
Dee Brown is back in there for Carolina. He runs three times for nothing and the fans let them have it. Shayne Graham's 25-yard kick is good.
Panthers 24, Bears 14
Burris finds Booker and Johnson for short gains to bring up third and 6 from their own 20. ... Burris misses Booker and the Bears will punt. Byrd fields the punt is absolutely tattooed by Rabih Abdullah. Abdullah has done that a number of times this year.
I was busy reading my e-mail and didn't catch what happened in the Panthers' possession. I looked up just in time to catch another punt.
With three receivers right, Burris finds Booker for an 8-yard gain. ... Burris then goes deep to Robinson, who drops the ball after taking a hit. ... Booker catches it on the run and stretches for the first down.
Breaking news: Cincinnati is about to beat New Orleans. This is good for the Bears' draft standing, as long as they don't go and blow it by pulling this game out.
Burris throws two incompletions and is faced with third and 10. He takes off himself and slides for the first. The Bears, somehow, are out of timeouts. Did I miss this? Burris misses Robinson but it stops the clock with 2:24. Burris telegraphs his next throw so bad that linebacker Will Witherspoon nearly spears it out of the air. Third and 10, Burris is pressured and throws it away. Offsides on Carolina gives the Bears another down for Burris to work his magic. On third and five the Bears throw underneath for 3 yards and Booker fails to get out of bounds. No matter, the two-minute warning stops the clock. This should give John Shoop & Co. plenty of time to devise a surefire fourth-down play. My prediction: the dreaded wide-receiver screen. You watch. Well, it was worse. Burris rolled right and then tried to shot put it end over end to Booker. Needless to say it didn't work.
Because the Bears are out of timeouts, the Panthers can kill two minutes off the clock with a few knees. A fitting ending for this game.
This one mercifully comes to an end. Remember, there will be no "Bear with us" next week, because, as I said, I'll be away. But I'd like to thank everyone who read and wrote in this season. Thanks. It was fun. We'll probably be back for the Cubs-Sox games. Take care.
PANTHERS 24, BEARS 14