8:30 PM ET, October 16, 2006
U of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Six turnovers, 3 points on offense, and somehow the Chicago Bears are still unbeaten.
The Chicago Bears' amazing win over the Arizona Cardinals was a statistician's dream. A sampling of some of Monday's oddities:
• It was the first win in Bears history in which they trailed by at least 20 points in the second half.
• The Cardinals are the first team in NFL history to lose consecutive games in one season after leading by at least 14 points at the end of the first quarter in each game.
• In Monday's loss to the Bears, Matt Leinart became the first player in NFL history to throw at least two first-quarter touchdown passes in each of his first two career starts.
• Rex Grossman completed only 14 of 37 passes (38%), threw four interceptions and lost two fumbles on Monday and the Bears still won.
• The last time a team won on the road while committing as many as six turnovers was almost 20 years ago: on Dec. 21, 1986.And that's not all. To read more on this game and the rest of Elias Says, click here
Brian Urlacher refused to lose. Overcoming the horrific effort of Chicago QB Rex Grossman, a 20-point second-half deficit and an excellent performance by Arizona rookie quarterback Matt Leinart, Chicago's defense absolutely took over in the fourth quarter.
Arizona, again, found a way to lose. Leinart was outstanding and in total control, and the Cardinals' defense totally dominated the Bears. After the amazing Chicago comeback, Leinart showed excellent leadership, leading the Cardinals down the field to set up the potential winning field goal that Neil Rackers missed for the second consecutive week.
Dennis Green has Arizona playing well, but the Cardinals must find a way to overcome the mentality of not finishing games. Great teams find a way to win and the Bears did just that tonight.
Ex-Cardinal and CBS analyst Dan Dierdorf was added to the team's ring of honor before the game. ... The Cardinals are 12-26 in Green's three seasons with the team. ... Chicago's Thomas Jones managed just 39 yards in 11 carries.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.1||3.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-1||1-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||3||0|
|TD||7:12||Bryant Johnson, 11 yd pass from Matt Leinart (Neil Rackers kick is good)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 77 yds, 6:52
|TD||1:02||Anquan Boldin, 26 yd pass from Matt Leinart (Neil Rackers kick is good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 25 yds, 1:32
|FG||4:25||Neil Rackers 41 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 7 plays, 10 yds, 3:50
|FG||0:02||Neil Rackers 28 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 5 plays, 22 yds, 2:10
|FG||7:24||Robbie Gould 23 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 13 plays, 64 yds, 5:49
|FG||1:52||Neil Rackers 29 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 13 plays, 49 yds, 5:35
|TD||0:08||Mike Brown, 3 yd fumble return (Robbie Gould kick is good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 3 yds, 0:42
|TD||5:11||Charles Tillman, 40 yd fumble return (Robbie Gould kick is good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 42 yds, 0:42
|TD||3:17||Devin Hester, 83 yd punt return (Robbie Gould kick is good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 14 yds, 2:02