Final

Raiders 21

(2-3, 0-3 away)

Bears 24

(1-3, 1-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, October 5, 2003

 

1 2 3 4 T
OAK 6 12 0 321
CHI 0 3 3 1824

Edinger's kick offsets Janikowski's five

CHICAGO (AP) -- Tired of the same old boos in new Soldier Field, Kordell Stewart and the Chicago Bears found a way to appease their unhappy fans.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen
Question on the Raiders: So there was no way the Bears could exploit the Raiders 'D'?
The Raiders looked like they were only playing with eight men on defense. The loss of Bill Romanowski can't mean this much to this team. They aren't strong up the middle at all. A combination of age and injuries are hurting this team defensively and offensively. Sadly, the window of opportunity to win a championship is closed for this team. Right now, the Raiders have to hope they can scrape together a few wins and compete for a playoff spot. Because if they don't, there may be a mass exodus of players.

Question on the Bears: What was the key to their success today?
Anthony Thomas. It's no simpler than that. A-Train got on a roll and gave the Bears his second consecutive 100-yard game. The Bears need him to be the focal point of this offense, because QB Kordell Stewart is showing a lot of hesitancy the past few weeks. If his bad play continues, the Bears may need to start thinking about starting rookie Rex Grossman.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

Putting a penalty-filled display of poor football behind them in the fourth quarter, the Bears rallied to beat the Oakland Raiders 24-21 Sunday on Paul Edinger's 48-yard, last-play field goal.

"I was booing, too, sometimes to be honest with you," Stewart said after Chicago got its first win by rallying from an 18-3 halftime deficit.

"The good thing about it is that we got cheers at the end and that's all that matters because we won the game," Stewart said.

Stewart, who completed 13 of 24 passes for 160 yards and also rushed for 52 yards, struggled at times and said some fans behind the bench were especially brutal with their comments.

"I know sometimes it's all of wanting to see us succeed, but sometimes things can get carried away. You have to be able to ignore that," he said.

The Raiders (2-3) got five field goals from Sebastian Janikowski, but he also missed the first extra point of his career and had a 47-yard field-goal attempt blocked in the second half.

"It's probably what we deserved for not playing well across the board," Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon said. "We ended up on our heels in the fourth quarter. We couldn't put them away."

The Bears' struggling offense showed some punch against the Raiders' soft defense, moving from its own 27 to the Raiders 30 in the final 3 minutes, 30 seconds.

Stewart kept the drive going by leaping for a first down on a fourth-and-1 from the Bears 49 with 22 seconds to go.

After his scramble to the 31 was called back by a penalty, Stewart pumped and allowed Dez White to get open for a 29-yard gain to the Raiders 31.

After a running play to get the ball in the middle of the field, Edinger -- after the Raiders used a timeout to try and ice him -- hit his third field goal of the day. He's 8-for-8 this season.

"It builds our confidence that we can win now, instead of having everybody saying 0-16," Edinger said.

Oakland appeared on the verge of blowing the game open in the first half, but had to settle for field goals four times after getting inside the Chicago 25. That allowed the Bears to hang around.

"This is the hardest loss I've taken," said Oakland defensive back Charles Woodson, who intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble.

"I can't see it getting any worse."

The Bears (1-3), penalized 11 times for 97 yards, got back in it when Marty Booker caught a 14-yard TD pass from Stewart on the first play of the final quarter to make it 18-13.

The Raiders were on their way to what could have been a clinching score when Gannon completed passes of 21 yards to Jerry Rice and 18 to Tim Brown. But when a pass deflected off Doug Jolley's hands, R.W. McQuarters intercepted it and returned it 43 yards to the Raiders 45.

McQuarters had questioned the loyalty of the teams' fans after they booed loudly last Monday night when Green Bay dominated Chicago in the first game at the refurbished stadium.

His interception led to the Bears' first lead.

Stewart had a 16-yard run and Anthony Thomas, who rushed for 123 yards on 22 carries, followed with a 20-yard gain to the Raiders 8. Two downs later, Stanley Pritchett ran in for an 8-yard TD with 6:58 to go, giving the Bears a 19-18 lead. Stewart then rolled in for a 2-point conversion.

Gannon's 12-yard pass to Rice helped the Raiders move in position for Janikowski's fifth field goal, a line drive that hit the left upright and went in from 49 yards, tying it at 21 with 3:30 left.

Among Janikowski's four first-half field goals was a 33-yarder on the final play of the half to give the Raiders an 18-3 lead.

The Raiders moved easily down the field on their first possession, going 68 yards in 16 plays against the league's weakest run defense. Zack Crockett went in from the 1 for the score.

But Janikowski's extra-point attempt was wide -- his first missed PAT in four seasons. He'd converted 147 straight, including nine in a row this season.

Game notes


Gannon was 16-of-34 for 183 yards. Rice caught three balls for 51 yards and was defended many times by rookie Charles Tillman, making his first start for the Bears. ... Chicago linebacker Warrick Holdman sprained his left ankle late in the first half and didn't return. Booker hurt his side late in the game.

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Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTEROAKCHI
oakFG0:03Sebastian Janikowski 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 3 plays, 9 yds, 0:13
183
oakFG6:23Sebastian Janikowski 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 3 yds, 0:10
123
FOURTH QUARTEROAKCHI
chiTD7:10Stanley Pritchett, 8 yd run
Drive info: 4 plays, 45 yds, 1:59
1819
THIRD QUARTEROAKCHI
chiFG5:42Paul Edinger 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, -14 yds, 0:38
1821
SECOND QUARTEROAKCHI
chiFG11:09Paul Edinger 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 10 yds, 2:09
63
FOURTH QUARTEROAKCHI
oakFG3:45Sebastian Janikowski 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 31 yds, 2:25
2121
SECOND QUARTEROAKCHI
oakFG1:56Sebastian Janikowski 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 37 yds, 3:20
153
oakFG7:39Sebastian Janikowski 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 64 yds, 3:20
93
FOURTH QUARTEROAKCHI
chiTD15:00Touchdown
Drive info: 8 plays, 67 yds, 15:30
1812
chi15:00
Drive info: 8 plays, 67 yds, 15:30
1813
chiFG0:05Paul Edinger 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 43 yds, 2:35
2124
FIRST QUARTEROAKCHI
oakTD6:13Zack Crockett, 1 yd run
Drive info: 16 plays, 68 yds, 8:37
60