Final

Bears 10

(9-1, 5-0 away)

Jets 0

(5-5, 2-3 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, November 19, 2006

Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 T
CHI 0 0 3 710
NYJ 0 0 0 00

Top Performers

Passing: C. Pennington (NYJ) - 162 YDS, 2 INT

Rushing: T. Jones (CHI) - 23 CAR, 121 YDS

Receiving: M. Bradley (CHI) - 4 REC, 80 YDS, 1 TD

Bears turn on Jets in final quarter to take down New York

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Mark Bradley turned and caught the short pass from Rex Grossman, and then realized Drew Coleman was the only thing standing between him and the end zone.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
The Chicago Bears won a defensive battle on the road in one of the lowest-scoring games of the season. Rex Grossman (right) threw for only 119 yards. -- but had zero turnovers. The Bears established themselves in the trenches to mount a ground attack in the second half (173 yards).

The Bears were able to pressure Jets QB Chad Pennington enough out of a base four-man rush to force two costly interceptions. Chicago receiver Mark Bradley had several key receptions and the only touchdown of the game.

"Every receiver loves a one-on-one situation," the Chicago Bears' second-year standout said. "It's just you and the DB on the island, and may the best man win."

On this play, it was no contest. Coleman slipped and Bradley turned the completion into a 57-yard touchdown 10 seconds into the final quarter, and the Bears beat the Jets 10-0 on Sunday.

"He threw the ball based on where the corner was," Bradley said. "I turned up inside and there was a lot of daylight. The safeties came down and rolled back to the strong side. That's why it was wide open."

The Jets blitzed on the play in an attempt to fluster Grossman, but it backfired.

"He made a good move," Coleman said of Bradley. "It hurt, but we were still in the game."

Well, not really. Chicago (9-1) notched its second shutout this season -- the Bears blanked the Packers at Green Bay on Sept. 10. The Bears, coming off a 38-20 victory over the New York Giants, also became the first road team since the 1999 Washington Redskins to win two straight at the Meadowlands.

Elias Says
Chicago Bears
The Bears' 10-0 victory over the Jets was their second win in eight days at Giants Stadium. The only other team to win two road games at the same stadium within eight days was the Redskins at Giants Stadium in 1999. Prior to that, the shortest span for wins by a visiting team at the same stadium was 11 days, and it had stood since 1920 when the Decatur Staleys won at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Tigers on Nov. 25 and against the Chicago Cardinals on Dec. 5.

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"New York has been good to us," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "Coming here, a tough place to play, and getting two wins is big."

Next up is another tough road matchup against New England.

"Three weeks ago, we had a three-game stretch that looked pretty tough," Smith said. "Now we're down to one game and we're anxious to play a good New England Patriots team next."

Thomas Jones had 121 yards on 23 carries, and Grossman overcame an unproductive first half to go 11-of-22 for 119 yards and a touchdown.

"I never felt like we got into a rhythm," Grossman said. "But we didn't let them score, we ran the football well and we are going to win a lot of games doing that."

The Jets (5-5), who came in off a big win against New England last week, had two long drives end on interceptions thrown by Chad Pennington against the NFL's top-rated defense. The Bears entered having caused a league-leading 27 turnovers.

"We knew going into the game that we couldn't turn the ball over," Pennington said. "That was key, and we ended up having two turnovers that set us back a bit."

The game was supposed to be a measuring stick of whether the Jets are real playoff contenders. They might have to think twice about making postseason plans if this performance -- their second shutout of the season -- was any indication.

"None of us are shaking," receiver Laveranues Coles said. "We feel good about what we've been doing all year."

New York opened the second half by trying to catch the Bears off guard with an onside kick by Mike Nugent, but Chris Harris was able to recover at New York's 44.

"We kind of had a hunch that they might do something," Harris said. "That's this coach. That's his style. He does trick plays. We were kind of prepared for it."

Jones ran the ball on the next seven plays, setting up Robbie Gould's 20-yard field goal that gave Chicago a 3-0 lead 4:21 into the third quarter.

The teams were scoreless through the first half, but the Jets had the best scoring chance early in the second quarter.

After starting on their own 24, the Jets marched down the field and got down to the Bears 6. On New York's 13th play of the drive, Brian Urlacher stepped in front of a throw by Pennington in the end zone and returned the interception 36 yards.

"I was just reading his eyes," Urlacher said. "I don't think he saw me."

It was the second interception of Pennington's career in the red zone, and the first of two poor decisions that resulted in turnovers.

The Jets moved to the Bears 30 late in the third quarter when Alex Brown put heavy pressure on Pennington, who lobbed a pass to Chris Baker that was easily picked off by Nathan Vasher.

"Where he came from, I don't know," said Pennington, who wanted to throw it away.

Pennington finished 19-of-35 for 162 yards passing and the two interceptions.

The Jets nearly doubled the Bears in first-half yardage -- 156-80 -- and Grossman had just 7 yards on 5-of-12 passing. The Bears quarterback didn't complete another pass until he connected with Muhsin Muhammad for a 28-yard gain on third down with 4:31 left in the third quarter.

Game notes


Chicago DE Odewale Ogunleye left late with an apparent injury, but Smith said it wasn't serious. ... WR Tim Dwight had a 28-yard run off a reverse on New York's third play from scrimmage, the Jets' longest rushing play of the season. ... RB Cedric Houston led the Jets with 50 yards rushing after missing the last five games with a knee injury.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CHI
NYJ
1st Downs1215
Passing 1st downs
410
Rushing 1st downs
75
1st downs from penalties
10
3rd down efficiency
4-146-17
4th down efficiency
1-11-2
Total Plays5867
Total Yards284264
Yards per play4.93.9
Total Drives1111
Passing111156
Comp-Att
11-2219-35
Yards per pass
4.84.2
Interceptions thrown
02
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-82-6
Rushing173108
Rushing Attempts
3530
Yards per rush
4.93.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-10-1
Penalties10-656-40
Turnovers02
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
02
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession28:0631:54

Passing Leaders

CHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Grossman11/221195.4101-8
NYJC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Pennington19/351624.6022-6

Rushing Leaders

CHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones231215.3019
Benson10515.1014
NYJCARYDSAVGTDLG
Houston11504.5011
Dwight12828.0028

Receiving Leaders

CHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bradley48020.0157
Muhammad22914.5028
NYJRECYDSAVGTDLG
Coles88010.0014
Dwight5408.0015

Scoring Summary

THIRD QUARTERCHINYJ
chiFG10:43Robbie Gould 20 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 42 yds, 4:21
30
FOURTH QUARTERCHINYJ
chiTD15:00Mark Bradley, 57 yd pass from Rex Grossman (Robbie Gould kick is good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 61 yds, 0:41
100