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Brooks-to-Horn gives Saints last say

10/13/2003

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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