News & Notes

The loss ended a streak of 12 victories by the Bears in games decided by 7 points or less, dating back to Nov. 26, 2000. Going back to last season the Bears had won six consecutive regular season games with their last loss coming to the Packers 17-7 on Dec. 9, 2001.

It marked the first time, after four wins last year, that the Bears have lost a game in which running back Anthony Thomas rushed for 100 or more yards. He had 111.

The 20-point lead lost to the Saints was the largest squandered by the Bears since 1992. The Bears led the Minnesota Vikings 20-0 when Jim Harbaugh threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Mike Ditka blew up, the Bears lost and Ditka ultimately lost his job.

Tight end John Davis has caught six passes this season, four Sunday. All but one picked up first downs. He caught 11 balls all of last year.

Colvin recorded his team-leading fourth sack. It was the sixth straight game he has sacked the quarterback. The linebacker led the team in 2001 with 10.5 sacks.

The loss drops Jim Miller's record as a starter to 15-7 as a starter including 11-3 last year.

Deuce McAllister's fumble in the first quarter marks the 22nd straight game the defense has forced a turnover.

When Paul Edinger hit a 31-yard field goal midway through the first quarter putting Chicago up 3-0 it marked the first time the Saints had trailed this season.

The Saints are now 18-1 when leading after three quarters under head coach Jim Haslett.


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