Team rejoices, for now

Although, <!--Default NodeId For Detroit is 116,2005--><A HREF=>Detroit</A> is one of the worst teams in football the Bears will take their 20-17 overtime win over the Lions.

"It feels so good to finally have a win," said Phillip Daniels. "I can tell you that the guys on the defensive line gave it everything that they had. We weren't about to let Detroit walk away with this game."

In the first meeting the Lions rushed for nearly 200 yards including 172 yards by James Stewart.

It wasn't a pretty game, but the win was a team effort.

"Everybody stepped up and raised their level of play," said Jim Miller, who completed 21-35 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown. "In the past, things have gone against us. This time, we were able to make things happen and to come out with a win. It's such a great feeling. This really raises the spirits of everybody in this lockerroom. Now, we'll go on from here and try to build on what happened here today."

Miller ignited an offense that had just seven points in the first 57 minutes of the game. The quarterback was able to lead successive scoring drives at the end of regulation and then put the team in position to win in overtime.

"Jim Miller is the spirit behind this team," said center Olin Kreutz. "He was hurting today. Everybody on the sidelines could see that. He fell down, he got hit repeatedly but he always came back. When you see somebody giving that kind of an effort you want to do your best for him. I think that everyone on this team feels that way about Jim. He is an inspiration.

The rest of schedule includes games at Green Bay, Miami and Carolina with home games against the Jets and Bucs. The combined record of the five teams is 33-22.

Paul Edinger being carried off the field might be the last image of a Bears' win in 2002.

"I haven't been carried off of the field since college," Edinger said. "It was a complete surprise. I was just standing there after the kick. I think it was Mike Brown who came over and scooped me up. That was great."

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