Final

Dolphins 31

(2-6, 1-4 away)

Bears 13

(7-1, 4-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 5, 2006

Soldier Field, Chicago, IL 

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 0 14 7 1031
CHI 3 7 3 013

Top Performers

Passing: R. Grossman (CHI) - 210 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: R. Brown (MIA) - 29 CAR, 157 YDS

Receiving: C. Chambers (MIA) - 5 REC, 58 YDS, 1 TD

Dolphins repeat history, ending Bears' unbeaten streak

CHICAGO (AP) -- The 1972 Dolphins can breathe a little easier. And once again, they can thank a current Miami team for it.

Although Dan Marino was nowhere to be found this time, the Dolphins once again upset Chicago to spoil the Bears' bid for a perfect season.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
The Bears looked complacent, lacking focus both offensively and on special teams, and were doomed by six turnovers. At times, Chicago looked intimidated by the relentless speed of Miami as well as the Dolphins' determined effort in all phases. The Bears offensive line was a step slow all day against the athletic defensive front seven of Miami. Jason Taylor (above) was outstanding all day making plays versus the run, pressuring the quarterback and scoring a touchdown on an interception return.

Rex Grossman looked timid, never setting his feet to throw and he tossed up some terrible passes, including three interceptions, plus fumbling the ball, giving Miami a short field. Grossman's mistakes were too many for the Chicago defense to overcome, costing the Bears the game.

Ronnie Brown rushed for a career-high 157 yards and Jason Taylor forced a fumble and returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown, helping Miami beat Chicago 31-13 on Sunday. Brown carried 29 times and eclipsed his previous career-high set last season against Carolina by 25 yards.

Besides losing their first game, the Bears (7-1) saw linebacker Brian Urlacher hurt his foot when he landed awkwardly in a pileup near the end of the game. The severity of the injury was not known.

After hearing criticism from the media and members of the 1972 team, these Dolphins had their way with a team that had scored the most points and allowed the fewest. The defense constantly applied pressure as the Dolphins (2-6) snapped a four-game losing streak.

"A lot of [media] in this locker room and a lot of people in this country didn't give us a chance," Taylor said. "And I heard some of the crap that was said during the week -- that questioned people's character and everything else. You always want to handle everything with class, but sometimes you can't. People come at you the wrong way, and it's good sometimes to say, 'How do you like me now?'"

Miami's win removes another potential challenger to the 1972 Dolphins, the only team with a perfect record in NFL history. The Indianapolis Colts are the only unbeaten team after a 27-20 victory at New England on Sunday night.

The 7-0 start was the Bears' best since the 1985 championship team won its first 12. The only loss that year, incidentally, was to Miami -- when Marino threw three touchdowns and the Dolphins scored 38 points against one of the best defenses in NFL history on "Monday Night Football."

Linebacker Zach Thomas said the Dolphins deserved criticism, but thought it went too far.

"It's a little overboard when you're an old football player and know how tough it can be to win," he said. "To say a team has no soul -- we've been playing hard, but we just haven't put it together. Maybe we need more of that."

The Bears lost wide receiver Bernard Berrian, their main deep threat, to a rib injury on their first possession and were buried beneath a pile of turnovers. Tied with Baltimore for the league lead in takeaways (22) and differential (11) entering the game, Chicago committed four fumbles and lost three to go with Rex Grossman's three interceptions.

Grossman was under pressure all day and was just 18-of-42 for 210 yards and a touchdown. The running game never got going, either, with Thomas Jones carrying 20 times for 69 yards.

And the schedule doesn't get easier for Chicago the next three weeks, with games at the New York Giants, Jets and New England.

"If it doesn't hurt, how important is winning?" Grossman said. "So it hurts bad. We're 7-1, it hurts, we're going to think about it for a couple of days, watch the tape and get better and then put everything in perspective of what's out there for us to go get."

With the Dolphins leading 14-10, the Bears' Justin Gage fumbled the ball away after a 17-yard reception to start the second half. Miami's Andre Goodman recovered and returned it 33 yards to the Chicago 12, setting up Wes Welker's 6-yard touchdown catch.

Harrington, who was 16-of-32 for 137 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in his fourth start for the injured Daunte Culpepper, almost single-handedly kept the Bears in the game. He overthrew -- and underthrew -- open receivers, and had his pass picked off by Nathan Vasher late in the third quarter, leading to a 38-yard field goal by Robbie Gould that made it an eight-point game.

But Grossman was no better.

He threw his third interception just under two minutes into the fourth quarter. And on the next play, Harrington connected with a leaping Chris Chambers for a 24-yard touchdown and a 28-13 lead.

One week after scoring the first 41 points in a 41-10 rout of San Francisco, the Bears were in danger of being blown out in the second quarter when Alex Brown intercepted Harrington.

With a 14-3 lead, the Dolphins had third down at the Chicago 5 when Brown leaped at the line and made a two-handed catch. The Bears then made it a four-point game when Muhsin Muhammad jumped up for a 30-yard touchdown reception along the left sideline after pushing Miami's Will Allen twice.

Otherwise, little went the Bears' way.

Game notes


Berrian said his ribs are not broken and the injury was not caused by a hit. "I just fell on it kind of weird," he said. ... Miami cornerback Eddie Jackson limped off the field with about a minute left in the game. ... Bears CB Dante Wesley injured a knee in the first quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIA
CHI
1st Downs1720
Passing 1st downs
610
Rushing 1st downs
104
1st downs from penalties
16
3rd down efficiency
7-175-16
4th down efficiency
0-00-2
Total Plays6773
Total Yards298292
Yards per play4.44.0
Total Drives1413
Passing137189
Comp-Att
16-3218-42
Yards per pass
4.34.2
Interceptions thrown
23
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-03-21
Rushing161103
Rushing Attempts
3528
Yards per rush
4.63.7
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-50-1
Penalties11-697-45
Turnovers26
Fumbles lost
03
Interceptions thrown
23
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession29:5430:06

Passing Leaders

MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Harrington16/321374.3320-0
CHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Grossman18/422105.0133-21

Rushing Leaders

MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown291575.4027
Morris133.003
CHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones20693.5011
Benson8344.3010

Receiving Leaders

MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
Chambers55811.6124
Brown23316.5024
CHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gage25125.5034
Muhammad24221.0130

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMIACHI
chiFG0:09Robbie Gould 38 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 14 plays, 68 yds, 6:41
03
SECOND QUARTERMIACHI
miaTD10:52Marty Booker, 5 yd pass from Joey Harrington (Olindo Mare kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 6 yds, 1:25
73
miaTD10:41Jason Taylor, 20 yd interception return (Olindo Mare kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 20 yds, 0:00
143
chiTD2:04Muhsin Muhammad, 30 yd pass from Rex Grossman (Robbie Gould kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 86 yds, 3:01
1410
THIRD QUARTERMIACHI
miaTD13:17Wes Welker, 6 yd pass from Joey Harrington (Olindo Mare kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 12 yds, 1:27
2110
chiFG1:07Robbie Gould 38 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 3 yds, 0:54
2113
FOURTH QUARTERMIACHI
miaTD10:08Chris Chambers, 24 yd pass from Joey Harrington (Olindo Mare kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 24 yds, 0:00
2813
miaFG1:13Olindo Mare 20 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 56 yds, 4:44
3113