Bears turn on Jets in final quarter to take down New York

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Mark Bradley turned and caught the
short pass from Rex Grossman, and then realized Drew Coleman was
the only thing standing between him and the end zone.

"Every receiver loves a one-on-one situation," the Chicago
Bears' second-year standout said. "It's just you and the DB on the
island, and may the best man win."

On this play, it was no contest. Coleman slipped and Bradley
turned the completion into a 57-yard touchdown 10 seconds into the
final quarter, and the Bears beat the Jets 10-0 on Sunday.

"He threw the ball based on where the corner was," Bradley
said. "I turned up inside and there was a lot of daylight. The
safeties came down and rolled back to the strong side. That's why
it was wide open."

The Jets blitzed on the play in an attempt to fluster Grossman,
but it backfired.

"He made a good move," Coleman said of Bradley. "It hurt, but
we were still in the game."

Well, not really. Chicago (9-1) notched its second shutout this
season -- the Bears blanked the Packers at Green Bay on Sept. 10.
The Bears, coming off a 38-20 victory over the New York Giants,
also became the first road team since the 1999 Washington Redskins
to win two straight at the Meadowlands.

"New York has been good to us," Bears coach Lovie Smith said.
"Coming here, a tough place to play, and getting two wins is

Next up is another tough road matchup against New England.

"Three weeks ago, we had a three-game stretch that looked
pretty tough," Smith said. "Now we're down to one game and we're
anxious to play a good New England Patriots team next."

Thomas Jones had 121 yards on 23 carries, and Grossman overcame
an unproductive first half to go 11-of-22 for 119 yards and a

"I never felt like we got into a rhythm," Grossman said. "But
we didn't let them score, we ran the football well and we are going
to win a lot of games doing that."

The Jets (5-5), who came in off a big win against New England
last week, had two long drives end on interceptions thrown by Chad
Pennington against the NFL's top-rated defense. The Bears entered
having caused a league-leading 27 turnovers.

"We knew going into the game that we couldn't turn the ball
over," Pennington said. "That was key, and we ended up having two
turnovers that set us back a bit."

The game was supposed to be a measuring stick of whether the
Jets are real playoff contenders. They might have to think twice
about making postseason plans if this performance -- their second
shutout of the season -- was any indication.

"None of us are shaking," receiver Laveranues Coles said. "We
feel good about what we've been doing all year."

New York opened the second half by trying to catch the Bears off
guard with an onside kick by Mike Nugent, but Chris Harris was able
to recover at New York's 44.

"We kind of had a hunch that they might do something," Harris
said. "That's this coach. That's his style. He does trick plays.
We were kind of prepared for it."

Jones ran the ball on the next seven plays, setting up Robbie
Gould's 20-yard field goal that gave Chicago a 3-0 lead 4:21 into
the third quarter.

The teams were scoreless through the first half, but the Jets
had the best scoring chance early in the second quarter.

After starting on their own 24, the Jets marched down the field
and got down to the Bears 6. On New York's 13th play of the drive,
Brian Urlacher stepped in front of a throw by Pennington in the end
zone and returned the interception 36 yards.

"I was just reading his eyes," Urlacher said. "I don't think
he saw me."

It was the second interception of Pennington's career in the red
zone, and the first of two poor decisions that resulted in

The Jets moved to the Bears 30 late in the third quarter when
Alex Brown put heavy pressure on Pennington, who lobbed a pass to
Chris Baker that was easily picked off by Nathan Vasher.

"Where he came from, I don't know," said Pennington, who
wanted to throw it away.

Pennington finished 19-of-35 for 162 yards passing and the two

The Jets nearly doubled the Bears in first-half yardage -- 156-80
-- and Grossman had just 7 yards on 5-of-12 passing. The Bears
quarterback didn't complete another pass until he connected with
Muhsin Muhammad for a 28-yard gain on third down with 4:31 left in
the third quarter.

Game notes
Chicago DE Odewale Ogunleye left late with an apparent
injury, but Smith said it wasn't serious. ... WR Tim Dwight had a
28-yard run off a reverse on New York's third play from scrimmage,
the Jets' longest rushing play of the season. ... RB Cedric Houston
led the Jets with 50 yards rushing after missing the last five
games with a knee injury.


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