CHICAGO — Linebacker Brian Urlacher felt like the Bears earned an ugly win Monday night. “I’d much rather have an ugly win,” Urlacher said, “than a pretty loss.”
CHICAGO — Linebacker Brian Urlacher felt like the Bears earned an ugly win Monday night.
“I’d much rather have an ugly win,” Urlacher said, “than a pretty loss.”
Devin Hester thought it looked pretty good from his point of view, though.
“It was pretty enough,” said Hester, who returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter of the 20-17 win over Green Bay. “Some of it was pretty, I know that much. And it’s a win.”
Urlacher forced a fumble with just over two minutes left to go in a tie game, setting up the 19-yard, game-winning field goal by Robbie Gould with four seconds left on the clock.
“They had a lot of yards, but yards don’t mean (anything) to us. The wins are what mean something,” Urlacher said after earning nine tackles and forcing the key fumble with just over two minutes left. “Now we are in the position we wanted to be in. We’re 3-0, man. We’ve got a long way to go, but we’re 3-0 right now.”
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers held the lead until Hester stutter-stepped the first two tacklers, sprinted down the sidelines and hurdled the Green Bay punter on his way into the end zone. It was his first return for a TD since the final game of 2007, and it was his second breakaway of the night.
He didn’t make it across the goal line the first time.
“I said this is my second chance right now, main, and he ain’t going to get me this time,” Hester said. “I was just mad because he got me that first time. I was going to make sure he didn’t get me that second time, especially on the 5-yard line.”
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who finished with 221 yards through the air with one TD and one interception, hit tight end Greg Olsen for a 9-yard TD pass with 26 seconds left in the first half to cut Green Bay’s early lead to 10-7.
Hester brought the Bears back — and the Bears home crowd to life — with the big punt return that gave Chicago a 14-10 lead, and Cutler helped set up a 25-yard Robbie Gould field goal with just under four minutes to play for the game’s first tie at 17-all.
Wideout Johnny Knox finished with four catches for 94 yards while Chicago’s running game stalled. Matt Forte rushed for 29 yards on 11 carries. Still, the Bears lead the NFC North division with an unscathed record.
“Our guys played hard for 60 minutes,” Bears head coach Lovie Smith said. “I know that’s coach talk but they did.”
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