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Bears heading into uncharted territory

10/19/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

CHICAGO -- The Bears are going for gold.

They're two points shy of 50 after turning safety Kevin Payne's interception into a 1-yard run by Matt Forte early in the fourth quarter. There are more than a few people shaking their heads while witnessing a shootout between two traditionally slow-placed offenses.

Through three quarters, though, there have been 613 yards of offense. Its 48-31 as we type, and the Bears, for one, haven't scored this many points in more than 20 years. (We'll bring you all the juicy details postgame once the scoreboard stops.)

Other than a tremendous 54-yard run from Adrian Peterson in the third quarter, the Bears have done a nice job clogging the passing lanes in the second half. And the Vikings? All you need to know is that as part of a zone blitz package, they had defensive end Jared Allen defending receiver Marty Booker midway through the third quarter. The result was a 51-yard catch and run for a touchdown. Barring more total craziness, we'll be back with you shortly after the game and then again a few hours later.