NFC NO
   (10-6)
Chicago
   (13-3)
NFL Playoffs:   
GAME LEADERS
QBsRBsWRs
Drew Brees
Yds: 354
TDs: 2
Rat: 83.2
Reggie Bush
Yds: 19
TDs: 0
Avg: 4.8
Reggie Bush
Rec: 7
Yds: 132
TDs: 1
Rex Grossman
Yds: 144
TDs: 1
Rat: 73.2
Thomas Jones
Yds: 123
TDs: 2
Avg: 6.5
Bernard Berrian
Rec: 5
Yds: 85
TDs: 1
TEAM AVERAGES & NFL RANKS
TEAM OFFENSETMPER GAME AVERAGE
Total YardsNO
 
 391.5
CHI
 
 324.9
Yards PassingNO
 
 281.4
CHI
 
 205.1
Yards RushingNO
 
 110.1
CHI
 
 119.9
TEAM DEFENSETMPER GAME AVERAGE
Yards AllowedNO
 
 307.3
CHI
 
 294.1
Pass Yds AllowedNO
 
 178.4
CHI
 
 194.8
Rush Yds AllowedNO
 
 128.9
CHI
 
 99.4
GAMEDAY MATCHUP
  W  L  T PF PADIVCON
NO106025.8204-2-09-3-0
CHI133026.7165-1-011-1-0
H2H MATCHUPS (SINCE 2001)
Series tied 2-2
Nov 6, 2005CHI 20, @NO 17
Oct 12, 2003@NO 20, CHI 13
Sep 22, 2002NO 29, @CHI 23
Rex Grossman and Ruben Brown
( Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Rex Grossman and the Bears are the NFC champions.
Now Do You Believe?
After witnessing the Bears' 39-14 rout of New Orleans in the NFC Championship Game and getting called out by coach Lovie Smith, one critic is drinking the Bears Kool-Aid. Gene Wojciechowski
 
SCOUTS' TAKE
The name of this game was defense as the Bears defense forced four turnovers and shut down the No. 1 offense in the NFL on a cold and snowy day in Chicago. The Bears attacked Saints quarterback Drew Brees with zone blitzes that gave Brees little, if any, time in the pocket to find his receivers. When the Bears where not blitzing, they got pressure from their front four. Rookie defensive end Mark Anderson was able to beat Saints left tackle Jammal Brown repeatedly to harass Brees.

Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner started the game by running the football with Cedric Benson and Thomas Jones, who combined for 183 yards for the game. This philosophy kept the game close in the first half, but in the second half Turner attacked by throwing the ball deep to Bernard Berrian, who beat Saints CB Fred Thomas for a big TD late in the game. Rex Grossman may not have had great numbers, but the biggest stat in his favor was zero, as in zero turnovers.
-- Chuck Knox, Jr.


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