Bears 13

(1-4, 0-3 away)

Saints 20

(2-4, 2-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, October 12, 2003


1 2 3 4 T
CHI 0 3 0 1013
NO 3 3 7 720

Brooks-to-Horn gives Saints last say

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The New Orleans Saints took advantage of a break in a tough schedule, beating the Chicago Bears 20-13 to snap a three-game losing streak.

It was the third straight time the Saints (2-4) beat the Bears, who fell to 1-4.

"We got a win we most desperately needed," said Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks, who threw two touchdown passes, including a 6-yard scoring pass to Joe Horn with 7:18 left for the clinching score.

"It wasn't our best game, but it's something to build on," Horn said. "That's what counts."

After playing the league's toughest schedule in the first five games -- against opponents who combined for a 17-5 record -- New Orleans didn't look great in managing just 283 total yards. But it was enough to turn back the Bears.

"We beat ourselves again," said Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher. "We are our own worst enemy. We get a chance to go up and ahead on the score, but we just don't do it and end up beating ourselves week-in and week-out."

Deuce McAllister did the bulk of the work for the Saints with 116 yards on 29 carries, while Brooks was 14-of-29 for 153 yards.

"Teams are doing different things to stop us," said McAllister. "We just have to keep plugging away. I'd love to have a long run, but we just have to take what we can get and win."

The Bears, ranked 28th on defense and 32nd and last on offense, scored their only touchdown -- a 4-yard pass from Kordell Stewart to Dez White with 2:10 left in the game.

"I didn't play up to my standards and we lost plain and simple," Stewart said. "When you have an opportunity you have to seize it."

Before that touchdown, Chicago had two field goals from Paul Edinger -- a 28-yarder in the second quarter and a 31-yarder in the fourth.

"We're obviously not where we want to be," Bears coach Dick Jauron said. "Our margin of error is so small."

Stewart, who had three fumbles and was sacked three times, was 10-of-21 for 152 yards.

"If you turn the ball over you keep the other team in the game and that's what happened today," Stewart said. "The ball was just knocked out of my hand. There was nothing you could do about it."

Bears running back Anthony Thomas, coming off back-to-back 100-yard outings, had 96 yards on 21 carries.

New Orleans went up 13-3 on the opening series of the second half. Stewart was sacked and fumbled, giving the Saints the ball on the Chicago 12. Brooks found Ernie Conwell for a 9-yard touchdown to make it 13-3.

The got field goals of 50 and 30 yards from John Carney.

The Bears tied it on a 28-yard field goal with 7:40 left in the half.

New Orleans took a 6-3 lead into the halftime break. It looked as if they would end the first half tied, but a penalty on Chicago gave them just time enough for Carney to hit a 30-yard field goal. ^Notes:@ Chicago still needs just one victory to become the first NFL team with 650 total victories; the Bears' all-time record is now 649-473-42 ... The Saints got their 100th regular season victory in the Louisiana Superdome ... New Orleans WR Joe Horn extended his consecutive string of NFL receptions to 68 straight games: 54 with the Saints since 2000 and 14 with Kansas City in 1999 ... Chicago QB Kordell Stewart and New Orleans P Mitch Berger were college teammates at Colorado ... Bears G/T Terrence Metcalf and Saints RB Deuce McAllister were teammates at Mississippi

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