Miller ignites offense

When <!--Default NodeId For Chris Chandler is 292192,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292192]>Chris Chandler</A> left the game in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle the chances of the Bears snapping their eight-game losing streak looked go to with him as the team trailed 10-7.

Despite not throwing a ball during the week Jim Miller came in at quarterback and skipped a pass to Marty Booker on his first attempt.

A 23-yard touchdown run by James Stewart the Lions took a 17-7 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Bears cut the deficit to 17-14 with a 13-play 92-yard scoring drive that was by engineered by Miller, who found Dez White for a 23-yard touchdown with 2:33 left in regulation. Miller went 8-11 for 97 yards on the drive.

The offense got the ball back with 1:56 left in the game just inside Lions territory, but a fumbled snap and two incomplete passes put the Bears in a 4th and 20 situation. Miller took the snap and fell dropping back, but he was able to regain his balance and roll right finding White for a 33-yard catch and a crucial first down that led to a Paul Edinger field to goal to send the game to overtime.

Miller continued his hot hand in the extra session completing a 14-yard pass to Marty Booker on 3rd and 11. He went to Booker again on 3rd and 20 for 15 yards. Then went to White for five yards on 4th and three, which resulted in a game-winning forty-yard field goal Edinger.

"I told Jim to get it as close to the Lions 27 as he could," Edinger said. "The wind was strong and I just didn't feel confident about hitting anything much further out than that."

"There wasn't any other way that we were going to be able to do it," Miller said." I can't tell you just how good this feels, to finally get a win. We just weren't prepared to go down to Detroit today."

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