Post-Game Notes: Zoom, Crash

Jason brings us notes from the Bears locker room following the game, including Jerry Azumah's miscue, a game objective reached by the defense in vain, and more...

Bears return man Jerry Azumah made one more long return Sunday, but the big play he was involved in went the other way.

Azumah lost a fumble on a kickoff return in the second quarter to build momentum for a Green Bay comeback. Ryan Longwell had just made a 24-yard field goal to get Green Bay within 14-3 with 11:15 left until halftime when Azumah coughed up the ball.

He lost it at the Bears' 21 after a 10-yard return and Packers linebacker Torrance Marshall recovered. Azumah appeared on replay to lose the ball on his own, but said it was knocked out by Packers tight end David Martin.

"I fumbled it," Azumah said. "He got a hand on it and took it right out of my hand. There's nothing I could say about that. It was pretty obvious what happened so there's no need to comment on that."

Azumah, who leads the NFL in kick returns, had little to say about his big return. It was big in yardage only, not importance.

He broke an 88-yard run, making one good fake on a cut to the sideline that sent kicker Ryan Longwell grasping at nothing but air, then straddled the edge before clearing a few tackle attempts.

"It was good blocking up front," said Azumah, who became the first Bear with two touchdowns on kick returns in a season since Glyn Milburn in 1997. "Next thing you know, we were in the end zone. It was as simple as that."

Azumah appeared to have a few words with Packer fans in the end zone at that point, perhaps telling them to take a "Lambeau leap." He wouldn't shed light on their conversation.

"Nothing," he said, when asked of the discussion.

ROAD BLOCK AHEAD: The Bears ran for 181 yards on Green Bay in their first game, so the Packers came in with the chief aim of stopping Anthony Thomas.

They produced a variety of run-blitzes that caused problems for the Bears' inexperienced offensive line all game. Thomas finished with 22 yards on nine carries after gaining 110 yards in the first game. Last week's rushing hero, Brock Forsey, gained negative-4 yards on three carries, with a long of minus-1 yard.

"They always blitz to stop everybody's run," center Olin Kreutz said. "They have a lot of blitzes out of a lot of different fronts. You have to adjust and pick it up and I know I didn't. That's probably why the running game didn't work."

The Bears countered that by throwing downfield with success early.

"They did that all day," Kreutz said. "That's probably why our passes worked early, but it's probably why we didn't run the ball well."

RECORD DAY: The Bears' defense thwarted the attempt by Packers running back Ahman Green to become the Packers' single-season rushing record holder. He needed 92 yards to break Jim Taylor's record, but gained only 80 on 30 carries.

They were hardly enthused after holding the Packers to 2.6 yards a carry.

"We had to stop the run and get some takeaways," Brian Urlacher said. "We only had one takeaway. We had to get more."

They were a part of a few other records, though.

Brett Favre set the team consecutive starts record at 188 with his first snap, then threw a TD pass against them for the 24th straight game. That matched a mark held by Dan Marino and Miami against the Jets.

INACTIVES: Cornerback Brock Williams, tight end Gabe Reid, injured guard Chris Villarrial, guard Corbin Lacina, defensive tackle Tron LaFavor, tight end Dustin Lyman and defensive tackle Ian Scott were inactive for the game.

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