Chicago Drops 2nd Straight, With 26-18 Loss To New Orleans
October 6, 2013 (AP) – Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes to Pierre Thomas, Jimmy Graham tied an NFL record with another 100-yard game and the New Orleans Saints beat the Chicago Bears 26-18 on Sunday to remain unbeaten.
Brees was 29 of 35 for 288 yards in his first victory in four career games at Soldier Field. Garrett Hartley matched a career high with four field goals as New Orleans (5-0) picked up its first win in Chicago since a 31-10 victory on Oct. 8, 2000.
Graham continued his torrid start for the Saints (5-0), catching 10 balls for 135 yards in his fourth consecutive 100-yard game — matching an NFL record for a tight end. Tony Gonzalez was the first to accomplish the streak in 2000, and Graham matched it in 2011.
Jay Cutler threw for 358 yards and two touchdowns for Chicago (3-2), which has lost two in a row. 218 of those yards were completed to Alshon Jeffery, the Bears’ second-year receiver. Jeffery broke a 59-year receiving record, set by Harlon Hill who recorded 214 yards receiving in 1954. Jeffery recorded 10 receptions in the loss, which is his personal best.
During the 3rd quarter, Chicago defensive tackle Nate Collins left the game with a left knee injury. Collins’ MRI on Monday, indicated that he has a tear in his ACL. Collins will be out for the season, and is expected to have surgery in the next two weeks.
Chicago will host the New York Giants (0-5) on Thursday night.
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*This story was updated October 7, 2013 @ 2:21PM