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Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday night turnaround

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

How did Chicago achieve Monday night's 20-17 overtime victory against Green Bay? Yes, there were a series of critical instances that went the Bears' way. But my colleagues at ESPN Stats & Information also point to the turnaround in each team's running game.

While the Bears' got tailback Matt Forte going in the fourth quarter and overtime, their defense shut down Green Bay tailback Ryan Grant as the Packers tried to run out the clock. First, here is a breakdown of Forte's evening:

By the Numbers: Matt Forte Monday vs. Packers
 AttYdsAvgTD1st Downs
First Quarter 7 12 1.7 0 1
Second Quarter 1 2 2.0 0 0
Third Quarter 3 6 2.0 0 0
Fourth Quarter/OT 12 53 4.4 1 4
Total 23 73 3.2 1 5

And here is how Grant's performance slipped late in the game:

By the Numbers: Ryan Grant Monday vs. Bears
 AttYdsAvgTDRec
First Quarter5 3 0.6 0 0
Second Quarter 7 37 5.3 0 2*
Third Quarter8 20 2.5 0 1
Fourth Quarter 5 1 0.2 0 0
Total 25 61 2.4 0 3
*Includes 17-yard TD catch