JC's Live Game Blog: Bears vs. Dolphins

Former Lion Joey Harrington gets the start under center for Miami, while Rex Grossman looks to ride the wave after last week's three-touchdown performance against the struggling 49ers. Be sure to refresh this page every 10 to 15 minutes for all the goings on from Soldier Field. From the field to the sideline to the press box, JC will make you feel like you're there.

(10:34) Good morning, Bears fans. Once again, it is another spectacular Sunday along Lake Michigan as the Monsters of the Midway get ready for the Dolphins at noon. I swear, every game day so far this season has been blessed with beautiful blue skies and amazingly calm conditions. What a day for football. I'd give anything to be tailgating out in the parking lot with a cold one right about now ...

(10:56) For all you Bears fans in Wisconsin, I'll be doing my regular Sunday radio segment on "The Gary & Cliff Show" of 1250AM WSSP in Milwaukee around 11:30 this morning. They do an NFC North preview shortly before kickoff, so tune in and listen to what Bear Report has to say. You can also hear the show online at www.SportsRadio1250.com, so just look for the 'Listen Live' button in the middle of the homepage ...

(12:08) Minor technical difficulties in the Soldier Field press box. Beyond my control, sports fans. Back to the game ...

(12:12) Devin Hester looks just fine despite that he hurt his hamstring and didn't practice on Friday. He lets his first chance go and gets a touchback. Bears ball at 5their own 20 when we come back ...

(12:16) Grossman sees some pressure on his first drive as the Dolphins force a punt. I'm not expecting to see a lot of points scored in this game. If the Bears can get 17 or 20 on the board, that should be enough because Miami's offense has been horrid ...

(12:21) Three-and-out for the Fish, and the Bears have Ronnie Brown to thank for that one. He had a beauty of a screen pass set up but dropped the pass from Harrington. Fair catch for Hester as Miami is winning the field position game now ...

(12:36) Grossman had a good-looking drive going there but just misfired near the goalline. Muhsin Muhammad was interfered with on one and Rashied Davis was just a step short on another. Miami helped out the drive with a few penalties. No problem for Robbie Gould as he boots a field goal and gives the Bears a 3-0 lead ...

(12:44) Looks like Ricky Manning Jr. got hosed on that call. He gets flagged 15 yards for roughing the passer on third down. I know we need to protect the QBs in this league, but come on already. The Secret Service isn't this protective of The President ...

(12:49) Hester makes a huge mistake and muffs a fair catch well inside his 10-yardline. You live by the sword and die by the sword with this kid. That's the kind of break the Dolphins need to make this a ballgame ...

(12:52) And the Dolphins capitalize as former Bear Marty Booker is left alone in the end zone. His touchdown catch makes it 7-3 Dolphins with about 10 minutes left in the first half. Grossman needs to answer here in a big way ...

(12:57) Uh oh. Grossman is picked off by defensive end Jason Taylor of all people, and he dances 20 yards into the end zone for a gift touchdown and a 14-3 Dolphins lead. I think it's safe to say that Soldier Field is a little bit nervous right now. That's actually Taylor's sixth career touchdown. Pretty impressive ...

(1:01) Good gracious. Adrian Peterson just fumbled the ensuing kickoff, but thankfully, Brendon Ayanbadejo falls on it at the 8-yardline. At least a dozen Bears fans just choked on their Polish sausage watching that play unfold ...

(1:07) It's going to be one of those days, Bears fans. Grossman has some pressure in his face and fumbles as he's being drilled by Taylor. Head coach Lovie Smith has to challenge this because it's a potential game-changing play, but I'm not expecting this to be overturned ...

(1:12) Where is the flag on that throw by Harrington? That's blatant intentional grounding. Brian Urlacher is going bonkers right now in front of the officials. There it is. That'll back `em up and cost Miami a down ...

(1:16) What a play by Alex Brown as he comes up with his second interception of the season. He just took it away from Harrington there as he jumped into the throwing late. The Bears D needed a huge play to swing the momentum, and Brown just gave it to them ...

(1:17) Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson have been splitting time in the same series a few times. I don't recall them doing that at any point this season. Benson in particular looks to be running especially hard today ...

(1:21) What a catch by Muhammad as he twists and turns down the left sideline and hauls one in from 30 yards away. 14-10 Dolphins right now, but the Bears seem to be taking control of this one. A quick three-and-out on defense will get this crowd in a frenzy again ...

(1:31) The Dolphins put together a solid drive in the two-minute drill, highlighted by a 21-yard run by Brown on an option-looking pitch. Looks like head coach Nick Saban is playing it conservative and will be happy settling for a field goal with four seconds left in the second quarter. But Olindo Mare misses it as times expires, a big break for this Bears team as they head to the locker room to regroup ...

(1:35) The numbers aren't too pretty right now for the Bears at halftime. Grossman is just 7-of-15 through the air and gave away seven points with that Taylor interception. Both Jones and Benson are having success running the ball, so offensive coordinator Ron Turner would be wise to start cranking it out on the ground the rest of the way. Defensively, Brown has gotten loose on the ground a few times and has 59 yards on 12 carries. Harrington is only 10-of-21 for a measly 79 yards, and Chris Chambers is once again dropping passes and a non-factor ...

(1:49) What else can go wrong? Grossman starts the second half with a beauty of a bullet completion to Justin Gage, but he's stripped of the ball fighting for extra yardage. That' four turnovers in 31 minutes. First down for the Fish at the Chicago 12-yardline ...

(1:51) Touchdown Dolphins as Harrington finds the new Tom Waddle, Wes Welker. That's his first touchdown of the season as Miami extends their lead to 21-10. There's a bad vibe reverberating around Soldier Field right now ...

(1:56) Grossman goes down on a sack as the Dolphins force a three-and-out. Muhammad dropped a perfect pass on second down that would have made that drive look awfully different. Alex, I'll take 'Defensive Touchdown' for $200 ...

(2:04) Big break therefor the Bears. Welker made an incredible effort and almost came up with a diving catch to keep the chains moving on third down. But Saban loses the challenge and is forced to punt. As you might expect, Hester goes nowhere near it and gets a lucky bounce out to the Bears 21-yardline. Paging Mr. Grossman, your comeback is waiting ...

(2:14) It's official. Grossman can be really rattled if he gets pressure right in his face. He's intercepted by Jason Allen on a 3rd-and-5 play just as the Bears looked to be moving the ball again. Run the ball, Ron Turner. And where is Benson? He looked great in the first half ...

(2:21) Grossman hits Davis on a 3rd-and-3 play deep in Bears territory, but he's stuffed a yard short of the first down. Brad Maynard comes in to punt it away. Tick, tick, tick, Bears fans ...

(2:26) How many times can this defense come through? Nathan Vasher makes the pick and gives the ball back to his offense on the Dolphins 22-yardline. Grossman has to punch this one in the end zone. There's only about a minute to go in the third quarter, and the Bears are still down 11 points ...

(2:28) Mr. Automatic comes through again as Gould splits the uprights from from 38 yards to get it back to a one-possession game. Grossman just doesn't look like he has it today. The Miami rush is giving him fits ...

(2:37) Urlacher just destroyed Sammie Morris on a quick throw and forces a Miami punt. Yeah, he's overrated. People are so stupid sometimes ...

(2:38) And like that, Hester puts it on the again for his second turnover of the day. Just when it couldn't get any worse, the Dolphins are whistled for an illegal formation on the punt and will have to repeat fourth down. What a break ...

(2:44) Grossman is smart enough to draw an encroachment penalty with his offense backed up all the way to its own goalline, but a pair of Benson runs and an incompletion fail to gain a first down. And yet another break. Miami is called for lining up in the neutral zone, giving the Bears the necessary yardage for a first down and the ball back ...

(2:47) The boobirds are out in full force as Grossman throws yet another ball off his back foot and is picked off for the third time today. One play later, Harrington finds Chambers from 24 yards out for an acrobatic touchdown catch. Chambers mimics the Muhammad between-the-legs-with-the-ball dance to the disdain of the Soldier Field faithful. 28-13 Fish ...

(2:57) If Grossman has done one thing well today, he's been very smart with the cadence and stolen some yards by drawing the defense offsides. He just did it again on fourth down to keep a drive alive. Smart quarterbacks do the little things like that, but until he fixes his mechanics and stops throwing off his back foot, he's gonna keep sailing INTs ...

(3:00) On another fourth down, Grossman can't connect with Davis over the middle and gives the ball back to Miami with just under six minutes to go. People are starting to head for the exits. It's not 1985 anymore, folks ...

(3:04) All 28 Miami points are off turnovers today. No coincidence. The margin from good teams to bad teams is just too narrow in this league, so turnovers are killers ...

(3:08) Ricky who? Brown rips through the right side of the line of scrimmage and turns on the jets down the right sideline. Danieal Manning finally makes the stop, but not before a 27-yard gain that will probably be the last nail in the coffin. He's been very impressive today against the top run defense in the league. 26 carries for 147 yards so far. My oh my ...

(3:17) Mare tacks on a garbage field goal to bring the Dolphins lead to 31-13. Just 1:09 remaining as all the dreams of an undefeated season have been completely blown away. All of a sudden, that matchup with the Giants next week looms larger than ever ...

(3:25) And that's your ballgame, ladies and gentlemen. Harrington takes a knee and ends it, Dolphins 31 Bears 13. Chicago could not have played worse. In two of his last three games, Grossman has thrown seven interceptions and lost three fumbles. Four turnover is a huge number in the NFL. The Bears have now turned it over six times in two of their last three. Larry Csonka & Company are that much closer to uncorking their yearly bottle of ceremonial champagne ...

Be sure to visit BearReport.com after the game for all the analysis, all the quotes, and your Stud and Dud of the Week.

JC


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