1:00 PM ET, September 22, 2002
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- The New Orleans Saints wouldn't go away, even when it appeared they would be blown out. That's why they're still unbeaten.
No, the Bears played their game. They're basically a ball-controlled offense, with a defense that thrives on take-aways and big plays. Unfortunately, they weren't able to capitalize on some opportunities against the Saints. They generally don't like to be in a situation where Jim Miller is forced to throw at the end of the game. The Bears want to control the clock, but their running game just didn't allow them to do that today.Question on the Saints: Have the Saints now established themselves as a legitimate contender in the NFC?
Yes, New Orleans is the No. 1 team in the NFC right now. Not based on the preseason, but during the regular season, when games won and lost actually count. The players are doing the job and QB Aaron Brooks is playing outstanding.
Eric Allen played 14 seasons in the NFL for the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
Saints safety Sammy Knight seals Sunday's victory with a late interception.
Chicago's James "Big Cat" Williams, who practiced sparingly all week because of a sore hip, started his 121st straight game at right tackle. ... Brooks finished 22-of-34 for 233 yards and rushed for 28 yards. Miller was 26-of-40 for 236. Booker had another big day with eight catches for 97 yards. ... Saints LB James Allen sprained a knee ligament. Bears DB Bobby Gray dislocated his right wrist and TE Fred Baxter sprained his left ankle. ... Bears RB Anthony Thomas had his first 100-yard rushing day of the season with 111 on 27 carries. ... There were 4,813 no-shows on a gorgeous 68-degree day.