The Bears welcome the Oakland Raiders and their supremely refined fans to the second game in the new Soldier Field.
It's a beautiful day in Chicago as the Bears look for their first win against the defending AFC champs.
Robert Fick, an honorary member of the Raiders' defensive backfield from the '70s.
If you can't get this game on TV in your part of the country or you're just bored, hopefully this play by play of this little time killer between Games 4 and 5 of the National League Division Series will be of some use.
On a football note, Keith Traylor is out today with a knee injury and Alfonso Boone will start in his place. For Oakland, Rick Mirer is listed as a gameday inactive, which pretty much sums up his Bears career.
please stay tuned.
Tails never fails. The Raiders win the toss and take the ball. Huggy Bear's kid Justin Fargas takes the kick out to the 30.
Oakland starts on the ground with a toss to Charlie Garner for 3 yards. Rich Gannon then hits Ronald Curry over the middle, bringing up third-and-1. Zach Crockett dives into the pile and gets a favorable spot from the refs. First down. Gannon finds Jerry Rice for a gain of 18. Rookie cornerback Charles Tillman is making his first NFL start and gets the pleasure of lining up opposite Mr. Rice all day. God speed, Peanut. The Raiders follow with another first down inside the Bears' 20. Tyrone Wheatley runs up the middle down to the 10. Boone stuffs Crockett to bring up another third down. But Gannon scrambles down to the goal line. The PA guy just announced "First and 10 from the 1." Uh... After a partial goal-line stand Crockett eventually punches it in. Polish party boy Sebastian Janikowski shanks the extra point.
Raiders 6, Bears 0
Jerry Azumah lost his starting corner job to Tillman this week, but gets a look as a kick returner. He returns the kick out of the end zone to the 30.
The Bears run Thomas four straight times down to the Raiders' 22. Great running with three straight first downs. Though, a holding penalty backs them up a bit, giving them second-and-20 at the Raiders 31. Stewart drops back to throw for the first time and gets dropped by Tyler Brayton for a loss of 4, ending that once-promising drive. Fourth down. Punter Brad Maynard is called for false start. I've never seen that before. Kick bounces into the end zone.
This stadium does look pretty cool in the bright sunshine.
The Raiders pick up a quick first down and then Wheatley is stuffed after a 1-yard gain. Gannon throws incomplete and it's third and 8. Gannon throws behind Rice and the Raiders will punt. R.W. McQuarters is back to receive he gets a few boos for ripping the fans last week. R-Dub returns the kick 54 yards down the Oakland 27. So much for the boos.
Thomas runs for a few and then Stewart takes off on a designed run for 9 yards and a first down. Thomas is stuffed and then has a screen pass go off his finger tips. Marty Booker then drops another screen. Questionable call there on third down. Edinger comes on to boot a 35-yard field goal.
Raiders 6, Bears 3
Wheatley is flagged for a block in the back on the kickoff, backing the Raiders up their own 9.
Gannon hits tight end Teyo Johnson, one of the nicer guys around. Garner then busts one for 33 yards down to the Bears' 22. Gannon tries to zip it to Rice, but Rice falls down and the ball goes right through Tillman's hands. To make matters worse, Tillman is flagged for interference. A 7-yard penalty. It all evens out. The Raiders then get busted for holding. Second and 17 on the 19 quickly turns into third and 17 and then fourth after Urlacher chases down Gannon, forcing him to throw it away. Jainkowski's field goal makes the score...