The Bears will start at their own 14 after a McQuarters fair catch. Thomas runs for a few and the Bears let the clock run down to the two-minute warning. Stewart keeps it and picks up the first, but then is sacked and fumbles the ball. The Saints recover at the 23. Not good.
McAllister runs for a couple, followed by a first-down scramble by Brooks. Brooks then finds Pathon at the 2. With no timeouts, Brooks spikes the ball. Mike Brown blitzes but it picked up and flipped in the backfield by McAllister. Brooks throws it away. The Saints are flagged for false start on the next play. Third and goal from the 7 now. Brooks hits fullback Terrelle Smith at the 3 and he's stacked up by about four Bears defenders. The Saints are called for illegal shift and the half ends. Wait. Ed Hochuli, the buffest ref in the league, asks for 1 second to be put on the clock. Interesting. Carney's kick gives the Saints the lead and Dick Jauron would like to have a talk with Hochuli.
Saints 6, Bears 3
Interesting stat by Fox: In four NLCS games the Cubs have out-scored the Bears in their four games 33-29.
Thomas is dropped at the line and then Stewart is hit and fumbles again and again the Saints recover. This time at the 11.
McAllister runs for a yard. I think we're approaching Grossman time, folks. Outside of a quarter against the Raiders, Stewart hasn't done anything all year. Touchdown Saints. Of course there's a flag, so you never know. Illegal man down field. Repeat third down. That's left tackle Wayne Gandy's second penalty of the day, both killers. Very Mike Gandy-esque. Scratch that. Call is reversed and it's a touchdown.
Saints 13, Bears 3
Thomas continues his sharp running, moving the Bears across midfield on a couple of nice efforts. Ahmad Merritt, forced into action with Booker out, drops a short Stewart pass. And then Stewart is pressured backwards 20 yards before throwing it away. Maynard's punt rolls into the end zone.
But the Saints fail to do anything themselves and punt the ball right back.
From their own 30, Stewart runs for 9. Steve Edwards then jumps and that moves them back 5. Nine steps forward, five back. It's been like this all year. Thomas is tripped up at the line, but Stewart finds White for a first down on the next play. Stewart looks for White again, this time for 18. Thomas and Stewart pick up consecutive firsts on the ground. First and 10 from the 24, Stanley Pritchett gets the ball for the first time and picks up about 5. Thomas gets close to the marker as the third quarter ends.
Thomas rumbles up the middle for the first and the Bears are in good shape. They're moving the ball nicely and they're in the red zone. Thomas stumbles at the line and then Stewart takes two shots at the end zone. A lob to White is broken up by Fred Thomas and a pass to David Terrell in the other corner is out of bounds. Edinger kicks a field goal.
Saints 13, Bears 6
Brooks and McAllister move the Saints past midfield. Brooks scrambles for a first at the Bears' 38. McAllister is then dropped in the backfield by rookie linebacker Joe Odom, playing for the injured Warrick Holdman. Brooks comes back and hits Pathon, covered by Tillman, at the 25. Brooks pass is tipped but no Bear defender can get there before it falls to the turf. Brooks throws another bad ball, the Saints are flagged for jumping, but Brooks hits Pathon on third down at the 7. McAllister falls foward for maybe a yard and then Brooks has to throw it away. Third and goal. Brooks fires it to Horn in the end zone for the touch down.
Saints 20, Bears 6
The Bears' offense wakes up, perhaps too late. Stewart hits White for 20 yards and then finds Merritt down to the Saints' 20. Stewart is flushed, flags fly and Stewart throws it aways. Holding against the Bears. They go backwards again. Stewart throws it high to Terrell then picks up 7 yards on the ground. A field goal is worthless here. Third and 14. The play clock runs down and the Bears use their first timeout. This is the game right here. Stewart hits Clark for a 17-yard gain and a first down. They're down 14 and they're walking back to the huddle. Let's hustle up, people. Stewart throws another one to the corner for Terrell and he's out of bounds again. Terrell has caught three balls today on the wrong side of the sideline. Stewart scrambles and does a whole lot of running for a one-yard gain. Fourth and goal. The Bears let 25 seconds run off the clock and then call timeout. The Saints come with the blitz and Stewart hits a leaping White in the end zone. If I'm Jim Haslett I challenge that. The ball was moving around in there. I'm not Jim Haslett. The play stands as the Bears kick the PAT.
Saints 20, Bears 13
The Bears line up for an on-side kick and the Saints call timeout. The rarely seen icing of the kicker on the kickoff. The kick bounces out of bounds and with the new rule, the Bears will not get another shot at that. Saints' ball with 2:09 remaining.
The Saints snap it directly to McAllister and he picks up the first. That should do it. A couple of knees by Brooks and that officially does it.
The Bears return to their losing ways, while the Saints are happy to get just their second win of the season. If it's any consolation, Bears fans, the Cubs are a game away from the Series.
Next week we'll be on the road in Seattle. See you there.
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