Season in review - Week 5

In their first Monday Night appearance since 1997 the <!--Default NodeId For Chicago is 115,2005--><A HREF=http://bears.TheInsiders.com>Bears</A> looked to get back in the division race. <!--Default NodeId For Phillip Daniels is 292198,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292198]>Phillip Daniels</A> and <!--Default NodeId For R.W. McQuarters is 292230,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292230]>R.W. McQuarters</A> returned to the lineup for the first time since Week 1, but it wasn't enough to beat their rival.

At 2-2 the Bears were just one game behind the 3-1 Packers and with a win could move into a tie for the NFC North lead. On the other hand a loss would put Chicago two games back with a trip to Lambeau still remaining.

Brett Favre threw three first half touchdown passes including an 85-yarder to Donald Driver to get the scoring started.

Late in the first half the Bears cut the Packers lead to 21-14 thanks to a 19-yard touchdown pass from Jim Miller to John Davis.

The teams traded punts, but Green Bay got the ball back one last time with 38 seconds left on the clock, which was more than enough time for Favre to work his magic. The quarterback moved the Packers in field goal range and Ryan Longwell connected from 49 yards out as time expired extending the Green Bay lead to 24-14 at the half.

The Bears put together a drive that put them deep into Green Bay territory, but Joe Johnson hit Miller as he threw the ball and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila picked off the floater and returned it 72 yards. The score put the game seemingly out of reach at 31-14.

However, the offense had one last run late in the fourth quarter. Trailing 34-21 Miller connected with David Terrell on a 52-yard bomb that gave Chicago first and goal, but the quarterback was then intercepted on the following play.

The completion to Terrell also proved costly as the receiver suffered a hairline fracture of his right foot that kept him out the rest of the season. The Bears also lost starting left guard Rex Tucker for the remainder of the year due to a dislocated left ankle and fractured fibula.

The Bears headed into the Week 6 bye at 2-3.


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