Bears pull off Monday night miracle
As bad as the Bears looked for most of Monday night, the stunning manner in which they stole a 24-23 victory from the Arizona Cardinals only enhanced the perception that this might be their year.

On a night when Rex Grossman turned the ball over six times, the Bears got two touchdowns from their defense and an 83-yard punt return from Devin Hester to erase a 20-point deficit.

Maybe it was the players-only talk at halftime that began with Olin Kreutz telling teammates it was time to take care of business.

"I wasn't the only one talking," Kreutz said. "And Brian Urlacher wasn't going to lose that game. He willed our team to victory in the second half. It's about time people realized how truly great he is."

Urlacher and the defense produced their first two touchdowns of the season. Hester then provided the winning points with his second TD punt return of the season as the Bears made NFL history, becoming the first team to rally from 20 points down without an offensive touchdown.

1st quarter

The indications of trouble were almost immediate. Grossman overthrew a wide-open Bernard Berrian on the game's first play to give away a sure TD, then nearly threw an interception that cornerback Robert Tate dropped with nothing but open field in front of him. Then Arizona administered the kind of battering the Bears have not experienced this season. From their 23, the Cardinals needed only one third-down conversion to go 77 yards for the first first-quarter touchdown against the Bears this season—an 11-yard pass from Matt Leinart to Bryant Johnson. Grossman later underthrew Muhsin Muhammad and was intercepted by Aaron Francisco, who returned it 44 yards to the Chicago 25. Three plays later, the Cardinals placed Pro Bowl wide receiver Anquan Boldin in the slot and found him one-on-one with Brian Urlacher, who missed the open-field tackle as Boldin scored to put Arizona up 14-0.

What went right: Virtually nothing. Tight end Desmond Clark went up to get a Grossman pass for a 26-yard completion, accounting for 60 percent of the Bears' first-quarter yardage and their only first down.

What went wrong: Leinart completed eight of his first nine passes for a passer rating of 142.8 and two TDs.Quote: "If [Leinart] moves slightly to the left or right, he buys time and can get the ball off. It's a game of inches. He's pretty good. He's not throwing like a rookie quarterback." —Defensive end Alex Brown

2nd quarter

Grossman's misery continued with a terrible throw into coverage that was easily intercepted by middle linebacker Gerald Hayes and returned 23 yards to the Chicago 29. The Cardinals were kind enough to commit two false starts on their first two snaps, killing the drive and forcing a field-goal attempt that missed. But suddenly the pass offense that was fourth in the NFL in yardage could generate nothing and was in full collapse.

Twice the Cardinals sacked Grossman, both times causing fumbles to equal the total number of lost fumbles by the Bears all season.

Defensive end Bertrand Berry got around the protection of left tackle John Tait for a sack, forced a fumble and got the recovery that set up a 41-yard Neil Rackers field goal for a 17-0 lead with 4:15 remaining.

On the Bears' next possession, safety Adrian Wilson blitzed and got to Grossman, knocking the ball loose for a fumble that was recovered by defensive tackle Darnell Dockett.

A 19-yard Leinart completion to Boldin put the ball at the Chicago 13, and Rackers finished that possession with a 28-yard field goal as time expired.

What went right: Rackers missed a 52-yard field goal on a drive that started from the Bears' 29. Other than that ...

What went wrong: See fumbles, interceptions above.

Quote: "They're extremely athletic and run a lot of different looks. We've got to be real smart with our rules, especially our protection rules, and make plays." —Grossman, who was burned for four turnovers in the first half and narrowly avoided two other interceptions in a half that saw him finish with a passer rating of 17.2.

3rd quarter