Chicago's 38-6 victory Sunday in the home opener was emphatic.
The Bears intercepted Harrington a career-high five times and
battered the Lions along the way.
"We were resilient this week," Bears wide receiver Muhsin
After a 9-7 loss at Washington in the season opener, the Bears
looked more like the playoff contender they have claimed to be
since the start of training camp. The 38 points were their most
since a 47-17 victory over Tampa Bay in September 1993.
Bobby Wade returned a punt 73 yards for a score in the second
quarter and Brown added that interception return in the final
minute of the half as Chicago took a 31-6 lead to the locker room.
"We did what we said we were going to do," Urlacher said. "We
got in his [Harrington's] face, and we got some pressure on him and
got him to throw the ball sometimes when he didn't want to. And we
got some takeaways -- what we got to do every week."
And what the Lions weren't able to do Sunday.
Detroit's defense, which sacked Brett Favre four times and held
Green Bay to its lowest point total in 13 years in last week's 17-3
victory, had trouble breaking through the Bears' line, and
Chicago's offense sprang to life after being held to 166 yards
Harrington, meanwhile, looked lost. He struggled against the
pressure, completing 19 of 37 passes for 196 yards. Detroit managed
just 12 yards rushing in the first half -- and 29 in all on 18
"We made a lot of mistakes, and I compounded it," Harrington
Harrington's troubles started on the opening possession, with an
interception by right tackle Ian Scott. The Bears drove 43 yards
for a touchdown, with Jones running it in from the 3.
The Lions immediately responded.
The Bears blocked the extra-point attempt by Remy Hamilton,
signed Friday to the practice squad and activated before the game
with Jason Hanson nursing a hamstring injury. That ended Hanson's
streak of 209 games, the third longest among active NFL players.
The rout was on from there.
Chicago's Doug Brien kicked a 48-yard field goal on the ensuing
drive to increase Chicago's lead to 10-6. It grew to 17-6 early in
the second quarter when Wade, inactive last week, returned a punt
73 yards up the left side.
Harrington, who had thrown four interceptions in a game twice,
continued to struggle.
Vasher intercepted a fade in the left corner of the end zone
intended for Williams, and that led to an 80-yard scoring drive.
Orton zipped a 28-yard touchdown pass to Muhsin Muhammad, who held
on despite being sandwiched by cornerback Fernando Bryant and
safety Kenoy Kennedy, to make it 24-6 with 1:14 left in the half.
Muhammad was fine, but Bryant left with a shoulder injury.
On the next play from scrimmage, Brown intercepted Harrington as
he was hit and ran it in from 41 yards.
Besides Bryant, the Lions lost defensive end James Hall (groin),
backup free safety Vernon Fox (left elbow) and tight end Marcus
Pollard (concussion), who took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Brown in
the fourth quarter.
Brown said he's "prepared" for a fine by the NFL, but wanted
to make it clear the collision of helmets was accidental.
"I saw the ball in his hands," Brown said. "I was going for
the ball first. It happened so quick out there."
Harrington hopes he never has another game like this. He has
extra time to think about it, with the Lions off next week before
visiting Tampa Bay.
"It's going to eat at me, but it could be a good thing to kind
of clear your head," he said.<
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