PHILADELPHIA -- Don’t count out the Chicago Bears yet.
Desperately needing a victory to stay in the NFC hunt, Brian Griese connected with Muhsin Muhammad for a 15-yard touchdown pass play with nine seconds left to lift the Bears to a 19-16 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Bears (3-4) were pinned on the three-yard line with 1 minute 57 seconds left and trailing 16-12. Griese completed a series of short passes over the middle that got the Bears quickly gaining yards after stagnant football.
Devin Hester, the Bears’ kick returner, had been shut down on special teams and was a non-factor on offense until Griese found him for a 21-yard pass play that brought Chicago to the 15-yard line of Philadelphia (2-4).
Griese spiked the ball to stop the clock and found Muhammad on second down for the score.
“I felt really good calling my own plays in that situation,” Griese said.
Quoteworthy: “When we came out in the second half we pretty much knew that our season was on the line.” -- Muhsin Muhammad, Bears wide receiver