Broncos frozen out by Bears

On the coldest November game day in Denver history, the Broncos unexpectedly fell to the Chicago Bears, 19-10. Former Colorado quarterback Kordell Stewart came off the bench to spark the visitors as the Broncos were quilty of numerous miscues on special teams.

Bears 19, Broncos 10 - Associated Press - John Marshall
DENVER (AP) -- Kordell Stewart could have complained and sulked after being replaced as Chicago's starter. Instead, he kept his mouth shut and his mind ready. It paid off. Stewart scored on a 1-yard run after replacing Chris Chandler, and set up the last of Paul Edinger's four field goals, lifting the Bears to a surprising 19-10 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Special Teams: 'We Were Terrible' - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sunday, November 23, 2003 - The game had been lost for over a half hour. Yet punter and field-goal holder Micah Knorr still wasn't sure what transpired on the play that summed up the day for the Broncos special-teams -- and perhaps for the club as a whole in a disheartening 19-10 loss to the Chicago Bears at INVESCO Field at Mile High.

Nothing Special - DenverBroncos.com - James Merilatt
Sunday, November 23, 2003 - When a football game is played in inclement weather, the outcome is more often than not determined by field position. It's difficult enough to drive 70 or 80 yards for a score on a good day. Factor in the bitter cold and it becomes next to impossible. Thus, the victor is usually the team that gets to operate on a short field. With the temperature dipping below 20 degrees at kickoff on Sunday, the Chicago Bears beat the Denver Broncos 19-10 – due in large part to the fact that they dominated the field position battle.

Rib Injury Not the Only Pain for Sharpe - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sunday, November 23, 2003 - In seven days, Shannon Sharpe went from a Mount Everest high to a Marianas Trench low. On Nov. 16, he basked in a game that served as a sort of lifetime achievement banquet for 14 seasons in which he became the most prolific tight end in the game. Whether he was talking about the Broncos' win over the San Diego Chargers or speaking of his future plans, he could barely contain a smile. At the same a week later, there was no levity. Sharpe's team had been defeated. His ribs ached from cartilage damage incurred on a hit from Chicago's Bobby Gray while making a drive-saving reception with just over six minutes left in the game. His nose had been bleeding for most of the afternoon.

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