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Quarterly report: Bears vs. Saints

CHICAGO - 2009:  Matt Forte Chicago Bears poses for his 2009 NFL headshot phoday Chicago Illinois. (Phoby NFL Photos)

CHICAGO - 2009: Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by NFL Photos)

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Updated: November 10, 2011 12:45PM



QUARTER 1

KEY PLAYER

Matt Forte, Bears RB: His 42-yard run and 18-yard catch set up Jay Cutler’s 8-yard TD pass to Dane Sanzenbacher. Forte accounted for 68 of the Bears’ 95 total yards in the quarter.

KEY STAT

87 The Bears drove 87 yards on 11 plays for the TD that gave them a 7-0 lead, longer than any touchdown drive last season.

DID YOU NOTICE?

Chris Spencer, starting for injured RG Lance Louis, had the key block to spring Forte on his 42-yard run.

QUARTER 2

KEY PLAYER

Devery Henderson, Saints WR: Noted big-play receiver burned Major Wright and the Bears’ secondary with a 79-yard TD catch on a bomb from Drew Brees that gave the Saints a 10-7 lead.

KEY STAT

79 Brees’ TD pass to Henderson was the longest against the Bears since 2008, when Gus Frerotte threw a 99-yard TD to Bernard Berrian.

DID YOU NOTICE?

Rookie OT Gabe Carimi suffered an apparent knee injury late in the first half, had to be helped off the field and did not return.

QUARTER 3

KEY PLAYER

Turk McBride, Saints DE: Beat Bears TE Kellen Davis for a blindside sack and forced a fumble that led to a Brees TD pass to Robert Meachem that gave the Saints a 23-13 lead.

KEY STAT

0-0 The Bears had no sacks and forced no turnovers against the Saints, who outgained them 101-63 in the third quarter.

DID YOU NOTICE?

Safety Major Wright left the game after suffering a head injury on a tackle. He was the third Bear knocked out of the game, joining WR Earl Bennett (chest) and OT Gabe Carimi.

QUARTER 4

KEY PLAYER

Jay Cutler, Bears QB: Under siege after the Saints took a 30-13 lead, he was unable to pull a rabbit out of his hat against a fierce pass rush. He was 5-for-13 for 69 yards in the quarter.

KEY STAT

5 A total breakdown of the Bears’ pass protection led to Cutler being sacked five times in the quarter — often by unblocked defenders.

DID YOU NOTICE?

Charles Tillman forced a Mark Ingram fumble and recovered it to give the Bears their only takeaway. It was Tillman’s second forced fumble of the season and the 26th of his career.



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