Bears, Colts remain undefeated

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Chicago’s offense sets franchise records for points in first quarter and first half; Indianapolis squeaks by with late field goal.

The Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts remain the only two unbeaten teams in the NFL. The Bears made it look easy as they cruised to a 41-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field.

Bears quarterback Rex Grossman, and the remainder of the offense, appeared as though they were no longer in hibernation. They awoke from their slumber, and looked more like the feared grizzly instead of the sleeping teddy bears they resembled a couple of weeks ago against the Arizona Cardinals in Arizona.

Following their inability to score an offensive touchdown in Glendale, Ariz., they more than made up for that debacle when they put up a franchise record 24 points in the first quarter and franchise record-tying 41 points in the first half. The last time a Bears offense scored that many points in a half was in 1948 against the Washington Redskins.

It wasn’t so easy for Peyton Manning and the Colts. The Colts had to travel to Denver to try to keep their winning streak alive. The Colts were 3-point underdogs going into the game against the Broncos. Thanks to the late-game heroics of future Hall of Fame kicker Adam Vinatieri, the Colts came away with a 3-point win, 34-31. With the game tied at 31, Vinatieri successfully kicked a 37-yard field goal to seal the victory and keep the Colts undefeated.

This weekend, the Colts will travel to New England for a Sunday night game against the Patriots. The Bears will try to keep their win streak alive as they face the Miami Dolphins in Soldier Field at noon.

Longtime Bears fans will remember it was the Dolphins who beat Chicago in a Monday night game in 1985 to snap the team’s 12-game winning streak. The Bears went on to a regular season 15-1 record, and eventually won the Super Bowl. Twenty-one years later, let’s hope the fish don’t get lucky again and ruin the Bears run at a perfect 16-0 year and another Super Bowl victory!

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the Nov. 1-7, 2006, issue

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