JC's Live Blog: Bears vs. Chiefs

Be sure to refresh this live blog every now and then for all the goings on at Soldier Field in Chicago. From the field to the sideline to the press box, JC will make you feel like you're a part of the game.

2:55 p.m.
Greetings, Bears fans. The Monsters of the Midway have to get a win today, there's no question about it. After falling in Week 1 to the loaded Chargers, head coach Lovie Smith needs to see his team rebound against a Chiefs squad that's going absolutely nowhere this season. The stage is set for a dominating Bears victory. But if the inconceivable happens and Smith's crew opens the 2007 season 0-2, all hell will break loose in the Windy City ....

3:03 p.m.
Inactive today for the Bears are Brad Maynard, Corey Graham, Lousaka Polite, Josh Beekman, Greg Olsen, Mike Hass, and Antonio Garay. Kyle Orton will serve as the third quarterback. As for the Chiefs, CB Rashad Barkdale, FB Boomer Grigsby, S Jon McGraw, LB Williams Kershaw, LB Johnny Baldwin, OT Herb Taylor, and WR Eddie Kennison will sit this one out. Tyler Thigpen is the No. 3 QB. Dirk Johnson, formerly of the Eagles, was signed to punt today for Maynard because of his sore groin, and Ade Jimoh's stay in Chicago was a short on as he was cut to make room for Johnson ...

3:11 p.m.
The Chiefs have won the toss and elected to receive ...

3:22 p.m.
Kansas City converts a pair of third-down conversions, but that's all as the Bears D forces a punt on the first series of the game. Time for Devin Hester to uncork one here. But he doesn't find much room on the punt return, so Rex Grossman and Co. take over at their own 17-yard line ...

3:24 p.m.
Bernard Berrian fumbles the ball on his first catch fighting for extra yardage, and ex-Bear Alfonso Boone comes up with the recovery at midfield. The Bears will challenge the call, as it looks like Berrian's elbow may have been down before he fumbled. Not enough evidence to reverse the call, and the Chiefs will take over with great field position ...

3:30 p.m.
Nothing happening for the Chiefs on the ensuing possession, as the Bears force another punt. Two good plays by Charles Tillman on that drive, one a tackle after a short completion on second down and then great coverage on Samie Parker down the field on third down. Dustin Colquitt's punt goes well into the end zone, so it's first down Chicago at the 20 ...

3:32 p.m.
Three-and-out for the Bears as Grossman is sacked by Derrick Johnson for an 11-yard loss on third down. Johnson was untouched and had Grossman dead to rights. No chance for No. 8 on that play ...

3:35 p.m.
Three possessions, three punts for the Chiefs. Huard comes up about a foot short of the marker on a third-down scramble. They're gonna measure, but he looks to be quite short from up here ...

3:43 p.m.
And that's the end of a scoreless first quarter, but the Bears are on the move in Chiefs territory as Cedric Benson looks to be finding himself in the running game ...

3:51 p.m.
Just when you think you've seen it all in this game, John St. Clair catches a touchdown pass on the tackle-eligible play from two yards out. Robbie Gould boots the extra point for a 7-0 Bears lead with 10:23 left in the second quarter. According to Phil Arvia of the Daily Southtown up here in the press box, that's unofficially the heaviest TD in Chicago football history ...

3:59 p.m.
Another possession for K.C., another punt for K.C. ...

4:00 p.m.
I don't know how he does it, but it sure is a helluva lot of fun to watch. Hester picks his way down the left sideline for yet another electrifying punt return for touchdown, this one from 73 yards away. The return was blocked beautifully, and Hester did a great job being patient and waiting for his wall to develop all the way to paydirt ...

4:09 p.m.
Tillman makes another beautiful open-field tackle to force a punt on 4th-and-1. However, Hester won't get another chance to work his magic. It's only a 35-yarder by Colquitt, but it's nowhere near Hester and eliminates any opportunity for a return ...

4:18 p.m.
Gould converts a field goal from 47 yards out to push the Bears lead to 17-0. Grossman made a few quality throws on that drive, including a beauty of a 21-yarder to Berrian scrambling right, but he was sacked out of the shotgun on third down. Still, he's completed 11 of 15 passes so far for 108 yards and a score ...

4:22 p.m.
Two-minute warning, but Huard has the Chiefs on the move after a 31-yard completion on the first play of the drive ...

4:27 p.m.
Touchdown Chiefs as Dwayne Bowe comes up with his first career score on a pass from Huard. Tony Gonzalez was actually the intended receiver in the back-right corner of the end zone, but Bowe swept in and made the catch. That was an 83-yard drive on just four plays with only 1:08 rolling off the game clock ...

4:34 p.m.
Not much happening for the Bears in the two-minute drill, as Johnson will punt it away. 33 seconds left in the half as the Chiefs take over at their own 20 after the touchback. Expect a kneel down here ...

4:41 p.m.
And that's the end of the first half, Bears leading 17-7 after 30 minutes of action ...

5:00 p.m.
One first down for the Bears on a penalty on their primary possession of the second half, but nothing happening after that. Jamar Williams was ready to stop the punt return dead in its tracks, but he got blocked in the back from behind. After the penalty, it's Chiefs ball at their own 6-yard line ...

5:04 p.m.
Big surprise, three-and-out for the Chiefs as Herm Edwards just keeps getting more and more conservative by the minute. Hester just about broke another punt return for a touchdown, but he'll have to settle for a 31-yard effort all the way to the Kansas City 18 ...

5:10 p.m.
After a 15-yard penalty on Olin Kreutz for unsportsmanlike conduct, Gould is forced to try his field goal from 38 yards out instead of 23. No matter, as the All-Pro splits the uprights once again for a 20-7 lead with 8:31 left in the third quarter. Grossman, by the way, has hit nine different receivers on his 16 completions ...

5:17 p.m.
Three-and-out for the Chiefs, who once again are grossly conservative and call a draw on 3rd-and-long. Lance Briggs had a tackle and a sack on that drive. That's now nine tackles for Briggs on the day with a sack and a forced fumble ...

5:22 p.m.
Garrett Wolfe trots onto the field for his first NFL action, but Grossman promptly airmails a screen pass intended for him that's intercepted by Chicago native Napoleon Harris. Grossman hasn't been especially sharp today, but he hasn't played poorly either. That throw, however, was miserable ...

5:31 p.m.
Dave Rayner converts a 45-yard field goal and cuts the Chiefs' deficit to 20-10 with 3:07 left in the third quarter ...

5:34 p.m.
Just unbelievable. Hester returns the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for yet another scintillating touchdown, but Rod Wilson is called for holding on the play. The crowd isn't even that upset about the penalty because they got to see some more fireworks either way. I'm out of words for that guy. He's making it really tough to be an objective journalist because he's just so much fun to watch ...

5:39 p.m.
Grossman is sacked yet again on third down, this time for a 10-yard loss. He just has no idea what to do when he gets pressure right in his face. All he does is retreat until he's brought to the ground, which is doubly a shame on that drive because Benson was starting to loosen up the D with some strong runs ...

5:41 p.m.
And that's the end of the third quarter, Bears leading 20-10 with 15 minutes to play ...

5:54 p.m.
That's the second field goal the Bears have blocked in two games, this time by Israel Idonije. Edwards has got to be the most conservative head coach in the entire NFL. I can't remember anybody playing for field goals and calling running plays on third down as much as this guy ...

5:58 p.m.
Just when it looked like the Bears were going to drive a few more nails into the coffin, Muhsin Muhammad drops one down the left sideline that was right in his hands after a double move. On the very next play, Grossman is intercepted by Donnie Edwards as he undercuts a throw intended for Rashied Davis over the middle. Cue the Grossman boobirds, who are out in full force today ...

6:00 p.m.
On third down, Huard throws the fade to Parker in the end zone, but Tillman manages to tip the ball away into the waiting hands of Danieal Manning for the interception. He returns it 33 yards and swings the momentum back to the Bears. 7:47 left in the game, Bears still leading by 10 ...

6:06 p.m.
The Bears play it safe on that drive and are willing to punt the ball with a 10-point lead, but that doesn't completely shut up the Grossman boobirds. Gould is forced into the punter's role after Johnson was hurt making a tackle the last time he was on the field. It's been a while since Gould has punted in a game, and it shows on that 25-yarder right there ...

6:11 p.m.
All the stars were out on that drive, as both Brian Urlacher and Tommie Harris come up with sacks. That's Urlacher's first sack in almost two full seasons. Harris, by the way, is showing no ill effects from last season's torn hammy ...

6:16 p.m.
Let's see if Gould's second punt is better than his first. It is, fair caught at the K.C. 19-yard line. Just 28 yards right there, but effective nonetheless ...

6:20 p.m.
With Brodie Croyle now in the game at quarterback for the Chiefs, he puts together a nice-looking drive before Michael Bennett is stripped by Tillman after a reception. Briggs, who is having a monster day statistically, comes up with the ball. That's 12 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery for No. 55 today ...

6:25 p.m.
And that's the game, as Grossman takes a few knees and runs out the clock. 20-10 Bears over the Chiefs is the final, although it was far from a pretty ballgame. Congratulations to Benson, who answered some of his critics this week with 101 yards on the ground ...

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