Bears achieve win, come up short in passing game

CHICAGO _ It was exactly the kind of game Bears coach Lovie Smith wants to see from his defense.

Only the offense was a bit lacking.

Bears quarterback Rex Grossman had wanted to throw deep more often Saturday night against the San Francisco 49ers than in the team's preseason opener, but had to settle instead for a solid effort and 20-13 win.

On a night when the Bears (2-0) traded away Marty Booker, their best receiver over the last three seasons, their first-team offense failed to complete a single pass longer than 10 yards.

"They just seemed to call the right coverage at the right time," Grossman said. "We had a game plan for them and they've been matching up to our plays very well.

"At the same time, we moved the ball pretty decently. We didn't have any three-and-outs."

Grossman played through more than half of the second quarter and completed 8-of-16 for 44 yards. He left with the Bears leading 10-3.

A ball hawking defense -- the style Smith likes -- which had fourth-quarter interceptions from rookie cornerback Nate Vasher and rookie defensive end Claude Harriott, preserved the win.

"We're excited about the win -- two in a row," Smith said. "We think that winning kind of breeds winning. So hopefully we can kind of keep that going."

The Bears' defense allowed 412 net yards and their offense gained only 241, but turnovers made the difference in setting up their offense in good field position all game long.

The Bears forced five turnovers -- including a Mike Brown interception and fumble recovery and a Bryan Johnson muffed punt recovery.

Meanwhile, the offense played its second straight turnover-free game.

"We were really excited about some of the things we were able to do," Smith said. "We talked about being a defense that would create turnovers and set the offense up. I think the (5) that we were able to get tonight it really helped a lot."

The Bears led 10-3 when Grossman exited in favor of backup Jonathan Quinn as Adrian Peterson ran in a 3-yard TD with 6:28 left in the second quarter following Bryan Johnson's recovery of a muffed fumble at the 49ers' 18-yard line.

The other Bears score had been on their second possession when Paul Edinger connected on a 34-yard field goal 4:57 into the game. That field goal came after Brown's interception of a Ken Dorsey pass set the Bears up at the 49ers' 32-yard line

"We got a turnover right away and had good field position the whole game," Grossman said.

Running back Thomas Jones again enjoyed a solid night. He rushed for 32 yards on six carries, including a 19-yarder.

"I'm pleased with the way I played," Jones said. "I tried to get into the flow of the game and I felt good. Our offensive line was blocking well and I'm just looking forward to playing in this offense more and more."

Quinn played despite a sore left shoulder and finished 8-of-12 for 74 yards before being replaced by Craig Krenzel.

Peterson made another statement in his roster battle with Brock Forsey, rushing for a team-high 54 yards on seven carries, including the second-quarter TD.

The 49ers had a 30-yard Todd Peterson field goal with 4:53 left in the first quarter to tie the score at 3-3.

After Forsey's TD, they marched 52 yards to a tying touchdown when Dorsey hit former Illinois wide receiver Brandon Lloyd over Bears cornerback Charles Tillman on a 5-yard TD pass with 30 seconds left in the first half.

The Bears went ahead for good with three minutes left in the third quarter on Brock Forsey's 2-yard TD run and again enjoyed good field position, driving only 52 yards to go ahead 17-10.

San Francisco's Kirk Yliniemi had a 35-yard field goal three minutes into the fourth quarter, and Edinger hit a 46-yarder with 4:59 to play after Harriott's interception.

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