"The first three series really hurt our tempo and our rhythm and our defense stepped up early and held the Saints to field goals but the residual is they were on the field too long because of our start on the first three series," coach Marc Trestman said. "They had the ball for (36) minutes. There's a residual effect, there's a connection to how things go during the course of the game and it made it much more difficult on our defense as we worked into the third and the fourth quarter."
NOTES: The Saints also won a road game against the Bears in 2002, but that victory came in Champaign because Soldier Field was being renovated. ... Bears DT Nate Collins hurt his left knee in the third quarter and did not return. ... Bears DT Stephen Paea was inactive due to a toe injury. Landon Cohen got the start just 10 days after he was signed off waivers. ... Bears TE Martellus Bennett was shaken up after he was upended in the second quarter,Adidas NMD Clearance
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