Final

49ers 13

(0-2, 0-1 away)

Bears 20

(2-0, 1-0 home)

8:30 PM ET, August 21, 2004

 

1 2 3 4 T
SF 3 7 0 313
CHI 3 7 7 320

Smith improves to 2-0 in preseason

CHICAGO (AP) -- Marty Booker's familiar No. 86 was missing from the sidelines and won't be back. The Chicago Bears showed Saturday night they're ready to move on without their top receiver.

"We have a core of guys who can pick it up and replace him, but Marty Booker was a special player," Chicago quarterback Rex Grossman said Saturday night after the Bears' 20-13 preseason win over the San Francisco 49ers.

The Bears acquired Pro Bowl defensive end Adewale Ogunleye from the Miami Dolphins for Booker, who made 100 catches in 2001 and 97 the following season for a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Booker, whose 315 catches were the fifth most in team history, was replaced in the lineup by second-year wide receiver Bobby Wade.

"In tough situations last year I definitely went to him," Grossman said of Booker. "I threw my first TD pass to him. We are all going to miss. I'm going to miss him."

The trade was made official Saturday night right before the Bears scored the go-ahead TD at the end of an eight-play 44-yard drive led by backup quarterback Jonathan Quinn. Quinn had a pair of 15-yard completions in the scoring drive before Brock Forsey went in with three minutes to go in the third quarter to make it 17-10.

When Wade was a rookie last season, Booker was a great help to him. Now he's competing to take over his spot.

"He was a communicator, not a standoff guy, a team guy who made a lot of people better. You hate to get a job the way it happened," Wade said. "But Book will be fine."

The Bears took a 10-3 lead when Bryan Johnson recovered a fumbled punt at the 49ers 18. Adrian Peterson -- competing with Forsey for a roster spot -- then broke off a 15-yard run before carrying the final three for the TD with 6:28 left in the half.

But Ken Dorsey engineered a 62-yard drive in the final minutes, hitting a leaping Brandon Lloyd on a tying, 5-yard TD pass with 30 seconds left, a play upheld by review.

Dorsey, starting in place of injured Tim Rattay, played the entire first half and completed 15 of 24 passes for 129 yards. He was followed by Brandon Doman and Cody Pickett.

"That play was completely Brandon," Dorsey said of the touchdown. "He made a terrific catch on a ball that was underthrown."

Dorsey was intercepted by Mike Brown on the first scrimmage play of the game and the Bears moved in for a 34-yard field goal by Paul Edinger -- set up by Thomas Jones' 19-yard run.

"You hate to do that to guys -- come out with the ball and then put your defense in a bad spot right away," Dorsey said. "I'm going to learn a lot from this game. It's just going to take some time."

Dorsey began clicking on the next series and drove the Niners (0-2) to the Chicago 12 with four completions. San Francisco settled for Todd Peterson's 30-yard field goal.

Kirk Yliniemi hit a 36-yarder early in the fourth quarter before Edinger connected from 46 yards with 4:59 left after an interception by rookie Claude Harriott.

Trailing by a touchdown, the 49ers reached the Bears 25 in the closing minutes before rookie Nathan Vasher broke up a fourth-down pass.

Grossman played until 4:36 was left in the second quarter, completing 8-of-16 for 44 yards before giving way to Quinn, who hit on 8-of-12 for 74. Craig Krenzel played in the fourth quarter.

Now the Bears have strengthened their defense, most especially their pass rush.

"Obviously to get an end like that you have to give up a Pro Bowl player. You can't just give anybody for him," Bears center Olin Kreutz said of the trade.

"We gave them a great guy in Marty Booker. Hopefully it helps our team."

Game notes


San Francisco C Brock Gutierrez left the game in the second quarter with a sprained ligament in his right knee. Chicago S Bobby Gray left in the second quarter with a bruised right shoulder, and LB Marcus Reese hurt a hamstring in the opening quarter and didn't return.

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