Bears notebook: Chicago avoids another last-minute collapse
Minnesota got the ball back at its 25 with 1:06 remaining. But a Tommie Harris sack followed by a Zack Bowman interception ended any chance of another late-game fade in Chicago’s 48-41 win Sunday.
“I knew we needed it,” Harris said after his first sack of the season. “I didn’t want to go through the same thing where I have another week of regret. I had to leave it all on the field and we got there. It’s becoming difficult getting these games at the last minute, but we finished.”
Booker’s second-chance TD
Marty Booker dropped one sure touchdown pass and had another glance off his finger tips, but he also turned a short slant into a 51-yard touchdown.
“I let a couple slip away, so when that came to me, I had to get it in the end zone,” Booker said.
“I told him right away when it happened, I was coming right back to him,” quarterback Kyle Orton said. “Marty is a great pro. I certainly expect him to make the plays that he didn’t make, but I had no lack of confidence. I knew he was going to come back.”
Clark-Davis share TD
Desmond Clark also dropped a potential touchdown pass. But this one was at the 1 after gaining 35 yards. Rashied Davis recovered the fumble for a touchdown.
“The guy made a good play from the backside stripping me of the ball. I didn’t see him,” Clark said. “I think I’ve got a force field at the 1-yard line. I have been at the 1 a couple of times this year and haven’t been able to get in.”
Davis tried not to accept credit for the TD.
“Des gets all the glory for that,” Davis said. “I tried to give him the ball, but he gave it back to me.”
Bears limited on defense
The Bears, missing three injured defensive backs, used a nickel package only one play and rarely blitzed.
“We were limited. But in the end, we had to blitz and we blitzed,” defensive coordinator Bob Babich said.
The Bears allowed 41 points and 439 yards, but they also had four interceptions.
“We’re going to look at that and we’re going to be pleased,” Babich said.
“If we didn’t get those turnovers, they probably would have scored again,” safety Mike Brown said.
Chicago led 27-24 at the half. The 51 combined points is the most ever in the first half of a Bears game. … Orton’s 18-yard pass to Greg Olsen gave the Bears 20 points on their opening drive this season. They had 17 all of last year. … Matt Forte had 56 yards on 20 carries and now averages 3.5 yards per carry on the season. … Orton’s passer rating climbed to 91.4.
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