Sunday, December 4, 2011
First half wrap: Chiefs 7, Bears 3
By Jeff Dickerson
CHICAGO -- Talk about adding insult to injury.
After the Bears endured a first half marred with injuries to running back Matt Forte (knee) and safety Major Wright (shoulder), Kansas City scored a touchdown on a 38-yard Hair Mary pass with no time left on the clock.
Down to their final snap, Chiefs quarterback Tyler Palko heaved a throw into the end zone that Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher and safety Chris Conte batted down into the waiting hands of Kansas City's Dexter McCluster.
That miraculous sequence of events gave the Chiefs a 7-3 lead going in the locker room.
It was a rough opening half for the Bears offense which failed to crack 100 total yards and managed only a 32-yard field goal by Robbie Gould. The Bears had a few scoring chances, but a Caleb Hanie short touchdown pass to Marion Barber was called back due to a penalty, while Hanie also overthrew a wide open Earl Bennett on a play that would have resulted in an easy score.
Hanie finished the first half 5 of 11 passing for 53 yards. With Forte out, Marion Barber ran for a game-high 40-yards on 10 carries.
Bears defensive linemen Israel Idonije and Henry Melton each recorded sacks.
Meantime, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton injured his right index finger on his first play from scrimmage versus the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
Orton's return is officially listed as questionable after the former Bears quarterback was hit by Wright early in the second quarter while attempting a flea flicker pass. It was Orton's first play in a Chiefs' uniform after Kansas City head coach Todd Haley opted to start Tyler Palko for the third consecutive week.
The Chiefs were awarded Orton off waivers on November 23 following his release from the Denver Broncos.