- Jeff Dickerson, Chicago Bears beat reporter
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In front 7-3, the Bears allowed New Orleans wide receiver Devery Henderson to get behind the secondary and haul in a 79-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees. Henderson flew right past safeties Major Wright and rookie Chris Conte, who was in the game in place of Brandon Meriweather on that particular series. Veteran safety Chris Harris is inactive because of a tight hamstring.
After booting a 31-yard field goal in the first quarter, John Kasay kicked two more field goals (29,53) to extend the Saints lead.
However, the Bears managed to cut into the deficit at the end of the half. Quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte led the Bears on a 10-play drive, 56-yard drive that culminated with a 42-yard Robbie Gould field goal as time expired.
On that final drive, rookie starting right tackle Gabe Carimi injured his right leg and was taken back to the locker room. Carimi was replaced by veteran Frank Omiyale for the final few plays of the half.
Forte has essentially been the Bears' offense in the first half with over 100 all-purpose yards. Cutler had a quarterback rating of 74.8.
Second quarter: Highlighted by a 79-yard TD strike, the Saints took the lead.