A view from the couch

In what might have been the most exciting game for the Chicago Bears this season, the Bears pulled a victory out of the winds of Soldier Field and defeated the Washington Redskins 27-24. This game featured missed field goals, Rex Grossman's first career interception and a lot of offense by both teams.

The Bears offense started the game with a few miscues before finally getting on track making for an interesting first quarter. On the Bears first possession of the game, Justin Gage caught a nine-yard pass from Rex Grossman and then subsequently fumbled the ball. The Redskins recovered the fumble at their own 41-yard line. Chicago neglected to review the play despite the fact that it appeared that Gage did not have full possession of it before he fumbled the ball. That fumble did not hurt Chicago as the Redskins went three and out afterwards.

On Chicago's next offensive possession, Grossman suffered his first career interception as Fred Smoot picked off a pass intended for Marty Booker and was brought down at the Bears nine-yard line. The Bears defense held and the Redskins only got a field goal out of that to take a 3-0 lead with nearly five minutes gone in the first quarter.

After a 21-yard Jerry Azumah kickoff return and a 15-yard facemask penalty against the Redskins, which was tacked on to the kickoff, Grossman connected on a 59-yard touchdown to Marty Booker to put the Bears ahead 7-0. The play was featured a beautiful pass by Grossman which Booker caught in stride and then outran the Redskins secondary to the endzone for the score.

The Redskins took their next possession and went 63 yards in four plays to tie the score at ten all. The Redskins used a little trickery on the Bears as their quarterback Tim Hasselbeck completed a throw back to wide receiver Ron Gardner who then threw a 36-yard pass to Chad Morton.

The Redskins scored again on a 14-yard touchdown pass with just over one minute left in the half to take the lead at 17-10. That was the score at halftime.

On their first possession of the second half, the Bears went on a 13 play 68-yard an 11-yard pass from Grossman to capped off scoring drive that Gage. That tied the score at 17 all.

The Bears defense held the Redskins to another three and out and the Bears offense went on another long scoring drive, this one a 12-play 81-yard drive that ended with a three-yard touchdown run by Anthony Thomas to put the Bears ahead 24-17. Another interesting thing to note about this drive is that it took another 6:41 off the clock.

The Redskins wouldn't go down all that easy as they took their next possession and went 63 yards in five plays and scored on a 19 yard Hasselbeck to Laveranues Coles' touchdown pass to knot the game at 24.

The game came down to the final ten seconds as Paul Edinger lined up for a 45-yard field goal into the wind. Edinger had missed on two previous attempts and making this kick seemed a long shot best but his kick just cleared the cross bar and the Bears took the lead and won the game 27-24.

Grossman was impressive again in just his second start despite the fact he threw an interception. The Bears defense once again stuck held the Redskins when it counted most although they gave up 24 points in this game. They didn't give up a lot of yardage on the ground, but a big key to their win was in regards to ball and clock control.

Player of the Game
Despite missing two field goals, which could have iced the game a lot earlier, Edinger did come through in the clutch and won the game for the Bears. Despite his problems kicking this season, Edinger has come through and helped the Bears win games. His final effort, an effort that was against a strong wind, was outstanding and he should be given a lot credit for this win.


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