JC's Live Blog: Bears vs. Colts

It's Week 2 of the preseason, and this time the Bears will take on the Colts again in a rematch of Super Bowl XLI. Expect the starters to play into the second quarter, many of them with something to prove. Be sure to refresh this story every now and then for all the goings on at the RCA Dome. From the field to the sideline to the press box, JC will make you feel like you're a part of the game.

6:45 p.m.
Greetings, Bears fans. No matter what happens tonight at the RCA Dome, it's going to be on Page 2 of every sports page in the country Tuesday morning. With Michael Vick agreeing to plead guilty to dogfighting charges before a federal grand jury, shockwaves are being felt throughout the sporting landscape. What a colossal mess on every level, but let's try to put all that aside and enjoy some Monday Night Football. The Monsters of the Midway obviously still have a bad taste in their collective mouth after falling short in Super Bowl XLI, so look for a few revenge-fueled fireworks tonight ...

7:06 p.m.
The Bears have won the toss and elected to receive ...

7:14 p.m.
Just as Rex Grossman had gotten off to a good start and completed his first four passes, he has the ball stripped on 3-and-10 for a fumble and a turnover. He saw the pocket collapse on him and simply had nowhere to go. The Colts take over on their own 31-yard line for their first drive of the game ...

7:20 p.m.
Adewale Ogunleye comes up with a big sack of Peyton Manning on second down, so the Colts' drive comes to a quick end. Mark Anderson will be going up against rookie Tony Ugoh most of the night, and he's already been pancaked into the turf once. Ugoh takes over for Tarik Glenn, who retired after a stellar career protecting Manning's blind side ...

7:23 p.m.
Another turnover for Grossman, who fires a quick slant over the middle that was intercepted by Marlin Jackson. That was a forced throw to Rashied Davis, who was not open on the play. Grossman now has committed five turnovers in four-and-a-half quarters of action against the Colts including Super Bowl XLI ...

7:25 p.m.
Two turnovers for Grossman, but the Colts failed to capitalize both times. On 4th-and-goal from the Chicago 1, Manning can't connect with Joseph Addai on a little dump pass at the goal line. Grossman & Company get the ball back, albeit deep in their own territory ...

7:29 p.m.
Why does Grossman continue to have problems with the quarterback/center exchange? Yet another fumble as he has trouble getting in synch with Olin Kreutz. The Colts will once again have good field position, taking over at the Chicago 46-yard line after a 47-yard Brad Maynard punt ...

7:37 p.m.
And that's the end of the first quarter, with the Colts once again knocking on the door. Grossman is 5-of-7 for 42 yards, but needless to say, those numbers don't tell the whole story. Manning is, well, Manning so far: 5-of-8, 61 yards, no mistakes ...

7:39 p.m.
On the first snap of the second quarter, Addai blasts up the middle for an easy 2-yard touchdown run. Adam Vinatieri boots the extra point for a 7-0 Colts advantage. Perhaps Grossman will get a little more time tonight than originally anticipated so he can right the ship and feel better about his performance ...

7:47 p.m.
If the Bears had a decathlon at Halas Hall, Danieal Manning would be my first choice to win the thing. He just went 72 yards with a kickoff return to flip the field position. Devin Hester is not going to be returning all the punts and kickoffs during the preseason, but rest assured, he'll be there once the games start counting. Robbie Gould ultimately splits the uprights from 32 yards out to get the Midway Monsters on the scoreboard. 7-3 Colts with 12:44 left before halftime ...

7:54 p.m.
That Indy offense is a little different with Jim Sorgi under center as opposed to Manning, right? Hester just missed returning yet another punt for a touchdown, so he'll have to settle for a 50-yard effort after getting his feet caught up with Brandon Rideau at the Colts' 24-yard line. That guy is just unbelievable and so much fun to watch ...

8:02 p.m.
Grossman gives the Bears the lead with a 1-yard keeper for a touchdown. Unfortunately, it comes two plays after yet another fumbled snap from center. He's put it on the ground three times tonight, and quite frankly, he's incredibly lucky that Kreutz recovered the last one. That might be Grossman's last series of the night. It's been a shakey performance so far, but at least the Bears are up 10-7 right now ...

8:06 p.m.
The Bears get it right back on the ensuing kickoff as Ricky Manning Jr. rips the ball loose, and Mike Hass comes up with the recovery ...

8:08 p.m.
Touchdown Bears as Brian Griese takes over under center and hits Bernard Berrian on a gorgeous slant from nine yards out for the score. Hester makes the big play of the drive with a 13-yard reception on 3rd-and-8. 17-7 Bears with 6:41 left in the second quarter. Don't say it (quarterback controversy). I thought I said don't say it ...

8:14 p.m.
Aaron Moorehead, the son of former Bear Emery Moorehead, reels in a 9-yard touchdown pass from Sorgi. Vinatieri converts yet again to cut the deficit to 17-14. Greg Fassitt, the undrafted free agent rookie out of Grambling, really hasn't shown much thus far for the Bears and just got beaten on that play ...

8:25 p.m.
Gould has plenty of distance from 53 yards out, but he's wide right and still yet to convert from 50-plus in his career. Indy takes over with 1:10 remaining in the half. Sorgi still has all three of his timeouts remaining ...

8:31 p.m.
Sorgi manages to put together a nice little drive and sets up Vinatieri for a chip-shot 36-yard field goal. And that's the half, 17-17 as the teams head to the locker room. Grossman finishes 9-of-11 for 59 yards, but he was intercepted once and put the ball on the ground three times. Cedric Benson is still yet to get untracked during the preseason, carrying 10 times for just 24 yards tonight in addition to 2 catches for 11 yards. Ogunleye has had a very good 30 minutes on defense, racking up 4 tackles in addition to that sack ...

8:49 p.m.
I'm not sure how comfortable Bears fans should be with Berrian back returning a punt in the second half of a meaningless preseason game, so they're probably relieved that he called for a fair catch instead of risking injury on a return ...

8:58 p.m.
Touchdown Bears as Adrian Peterson punches it on from a yard away. Griese connected with Rideau for a 34-yard gain the previous play to set up the score and a 24-17 Bears lead. Griese is once again having a good night throwing the football, 10-of-13 for 131 yards and a TD. I said don't say it. Don't say it, Bears fans ...

9:05 p.m.
Kevin Payne, the good-looking rookie safety out of Louisiana-Monroe, makes a diving interception of Sorgi. But he thought he was back in college for a second and forget he could actually get off the ground and run. Griese is done for the night as Kyle Orton is the new signal-caller ...

9:10 p.m.
Looks like Gould is also done for the night, as Nick Novak kicks a 35-yard field goal for a 27-17 Bears advantage. Offensive coordinator Ron Turner is once again calling a lot of passing plays and somewhat ignoring the running game. It would be nice to see rookie Garrett Wolfe break through the line of scrimmage once or twice tonight...

9:17 p.m.
Finally, rookie cornerback Corey Graham finds the highlight reel as he knocks down a third-down pass deep down the right side ...

9:23 p.m.
And that's the end of the third quarter, Bears still leading 27-17. Wolfe sprung lose a few times and showed some good moves in the open field. He's got 30 yards on 6 carries, and 11 more yards on his lone catch. ...

9:30 p.m.
Now Graham comes up with an interception as he jumps a sideline route and picks off Josh Betts. That's two good-looking plays from a guy who has done next to nothing in training camp. Maybe he's capable of a late push to make this team, although he's got a big hill to climb ...

9:49 p.m.
Now three rookies have come up with interceptions tonight, as Tim Mixon joins the pick party ...

9:59 p.m.
It's always good to see an old FSU kid get a little love, as Craphonso Thorpe hauls in a 4-yard TD pass from Betts ...

10:05 p.m.
And that's the game, as Chris Leak takes a knee and puts the finishing touches on a 27-24 Bears victory.

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