Week 2: Bears vs. Falcons
Complete Tribune coverage of the Bears 14-13 victory.
9:52 PM PDT, September 15, 2002
BEARS 14, FALCONS 13
It was not an artistic success. But it was a success just the same and as far as the Bears are concerned, that's enough for right now.
8:25 PM PDT, September 15, 2002
Usually it is the losing team that is fuming about officiating. Not Sunday. The steam was coming from the Bears, who felt like they needed to overcome more than just the Atlanta Falcons for their 14-13 victory.
9:13 PM PDT, September 15, 2002
Bears offensive coordinator John Shoop calls them "what-ifs" and "if-onlys" and says if you can win with them, you're doing something pretty special.
9:40 PM PDT, September 15, 2002
One victory like this and they're getting away with something. Two of the kind the Bears are putting together and you wonder if it's the mark of a good team.
1:19 PM PDT, September 15, 2002
OK, everybody. Let's hope this game is as exciting as last week. If you're joining us for the first time, welcome. If you're joining us for the second time, well, welcome to you, too. Hopefully this play by play will be of help to you. Football soon.
8:47 PM PDT, September 15, 2002
The 2002 injury nightmare worsened for the Bears on Sunday. Already without their best pass-rushing defensive lineman, they lost their best run-stopper when Pro Bowl tackle Ted Washington went out after turning his left ankle early in the second quarter.
9:38 PM PDT, September 15, 2002
Two weeks. Two high passes. Two catches. Two game-winning touchdowns.
9:09 PM PDT, September 15, 2002
Chris Chandler didn't take one snap from center Sunday. But the Bears' backup quarterback should be credited with one of the biggest plays of the game.
10:05 PM PDT, September 15, 2002
9:57 PM PDT, September 15, 2002
They chased him, surrounded him and, for the most part, contained him.
9:59 PM PDT, September 15, 2002
Jay Feely's field-goal attempt sailed wide left. Well, of course it did.
9:56 PM PDT, September 15, 2002
MICHAEL VICK ON MICHAEL VICK
Just when you think the play is over, the clock keeps ticking. Michael Vick has the ball and he's running.
8:45 PM PDT, September 15, 2002
Bears' Next OPPONENT: SAINTS
In an early comparison of off-season personnel changes, the Green Bay Packers lost to the New Orleans Saints by worse than Sunday's 35-20 score.
3:17 PM PDT, September 9, 2002
With a day to reflect on their thrilling opening day victory, Bears players and coaches sounded a lot like they did after last season's unlikely string of stunners. It's not luck, they insist. Good teams put themselves in positions to win.
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