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29 - 13 Final
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Defense, Forte lead Bears over Colts

Sep 8, 2008 - 4:52 AM INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Chicago Bears' defense spoiled the Indianapolis Colts' first regular-season game at their new stadium.

Linebacker Lance Briggs returned a fumble for a touchdown and the Bears' defense also recorded a safety en route to a 29-13 victory over Colts on Sunday night at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Rookie Matt Forte rushed for 123 yards and a score in his first NFL game for Chicago (1-0), which held the high-powered Colts' offense to 293 yards.

"How about Matt Forte for his first time out?" Chicago coach Lovie Smith said. "We've seen flashes of that in training camp and the preseason, but it is good to see it out on the football field."

"I couldn't imagine my first game going any better," Forte said. "I just want to keep it going the rest of the season."

Coming off knee surgery this offseason, Peyton Manning passed for 257 yards, including a 6-yard TD strike to Reggie Wayne in the third quarter that cut Indianapolis' deficit to 15-13.

"Sickening is what it feels like," Manning said. "It's disappointing to lose a game; first game in a new stadium or 15th game of the season, it's really disappointing to lose."

The Colts' momentum did not last long. Wide receiver Marvin Harrison fumbled just over seven minutes later and Briggs scooped up the loose ball and rushed into the end zone, giving the Bears a 22-13 edge with 1:52 remaining in the third.

"(Cornerback Charles Tillman) made a great play and knocked the ball out, it hopped right up into my arms, and everybody rallied around the ball carrier," Briggs said. "Our gameplan was to be aggressive and get to the ball. We overcame our mistakes with our all-out effort."

"Offensively, we have to protect the ball better," Manning said. "You just can not turn the ball over in this league and win."

Chicago stopped Indianapolis (0-1) on a 4th-and-1 on its ensuing possession, and then padded the lead with 8:56 left in the game on Jason McKie's 1-yard TD run.

The Bears took a 7-3 lead with just under five minutes left in the opening quarter when Forte scored on a 50-yard rush. The former Tulane standout found a hole up the middle, made a quick cut to the right and dashed down the sideline untouched.

After the teams exchanged field goals in the second quarter, Adewale Ogunleye tackled Colts running back Joseph Addai just before he got out of the end zone for a safety with 3:59 remaining before the half.

Chicago took a 15-6 lead into the break.

"We wanted to establish the run on the offensive side of the ball and we were able to do that," Smith said. "Kyle Orton did a great job of making plays and directing our offense tonight."

Kyle Orton, who beat out Rex Grossman in the preseason for the Bears' starting quarterback job, completed 13-of-21 passes for 150 yards.

"It was big for us to convert some crucial third downs," Orton said. "They have a great defensive line and they cause problems with the passing game. Because we ran it so well, with stuck with the running game, and on the key third downs we threw the ball. The guys did a great job."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    CHICAGO 7 8 7 7 29
    INDIANAPOLIS 3 3 7 0 13 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: IND - FG, ADAM VINATIERI 39 YD, 9:08. Drive:
    11 plays, 59 yards in 5:05. Key
    plays: Manning 19-yard pass to
    Harrison to Chicago 49; 15-yard
    roughing the passer penalty on
    Bears' Urlacher to

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    TD CHI
    JASON MCKIE 1 YD RUN
    (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)
    CHICAGO 29
    INDIANAPOLIS 13 8:56 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Bears 29, Colts 13  4th - 8:56Sep 7 11:04 PM


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    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    CHICAGO 7 8 7 22
    INDIANAPOLIS 3 3 7 13 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: IND - FG, ADAM VINATIERI 39 YD, 9:08. Drive:
    11 plays, 59 yards in 5:05. Key
    plays: Manning 19-yard pass to
    Harrison to Chicago 49; 15-yard
    roughing the passer penalty on
    Bears' Urla

    Sep 7 10:48 PM


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    TD CHI
    LANCE BRIGGS 20 YD FUMBLE RETURN
    (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)
    CHICAGO 22
    INDIANAPOLIS 13 1:52 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Bears 22, Colts 13  3rd - 1:52Sep 7 10:41 PM


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    TD IND
    REGGIE WAYNE 6 YD PASS FROM PEYTON MANNING
    (ADAM VINATIERI KICK)
    CHICAGO 15
    INDIANAPOLIS 13 9:18 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Bears 15, Colts 13  3rd - 9:18Sep 7 10:21 PM
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    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    CHICAGO 7 8 15
    INDIANAPOLIS 3 3 6 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: IND - FG, ADAM VINATIERI 39 YD, 9:08. Drive:
    11 plays, 59 yards in 5:05. Key
    plays: Manning 19-yard pass to
    Harrison to Chicago 49; 15-yard
    roughing the passer penalty on
    Bears' Urlacher

    Bears 15, Colts 6  HalfSep 7 9:58 PM
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    SAFETY CHI
    JOSEPH ADDAI TACKLED BY ADEWALE OGUNLEYE IN END ZONE
    CHICAGO 12
    INDIANAPOLIS 6 3:59 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Bears 12, Colts 6  2nd - 3:59Sep 7 9:44 PM


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    FG CHI
    ROBBIE GOULD 41 YD
    CHICAGO 10
    INDIANAPOLIS 6 4:43 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Bears 10, Colts 6  2nd - 4:43Sep 7 9:37 PM


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    FG IND
    ADAM VINATIERI 34 YD
    CHICAGO 7
    INDIANAPOLIS 6 9:38 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Bears 7, Colts 6  2nd - 9:38Sep 7 9:23 PM


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    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    CHICAGO 7 7
    INDIANAPOLIS 3 3 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: IND - FG, ADAM VINATIERI 39 YD, 9:08. Drive:
    11 plays, 59 yards in 5:05. Key
    plays: Manning 19-yard pass to
    Harrison to Chicago 49; 15-yard
    roughing the passer penalty on
    Bears' Urla

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    TD CHI
    MATT FORTE 50 YD RUN
    (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)
    CHICAGO 7
    INDIANAPOLIS 3 4:59 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Bears 7, Colts 3  1st - 4:59Sep 7 8:59 PM


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    FG IND
    ADAM VINATIERI 39 YD
    CHICAGO 0
    INDIANAPOLIS 3 5:52 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Bears 0, Colts 3  1st - 5:52Sep 7 8:53 PM
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