Archive for Sunday, August 5, 2001

Bears defeat Bengals in OT; Raiders drop Cowboys

August 5, 2001


— Paul Edinger kicked a 48-yard field goal with 41 seconds left in overtime atoning for an earlier miss as the Chicago Bears opened the exhibition season with 16-13 victory over Cincinnati on Saturday night.

Edinger missed from 39 yards with 4:46 left in overtime. But the Bears got the ball back and moved into range, thanks to a 31-yard pass from fourth-string quarterback Danny Wuerffel to Dustin Lyman.

The Bengals appeared on the way to victory in the final seconds of regulation when cornerback Robert Bean intercepted Wuerffel's pass at the Cincinnati 25 and was racing toward a game-winning TD.

But Glyn Milburn, the intended receiver, and Anthony Thomas overtook Bean and stripped him of the ball after he'd run 66 yards. Bernard Robinson recovered for the Bears at the 9 with eight seconds left and Chicago ran out the clock, forcing overtime.

Akili Smith, the Bengals' third quarterback, drove Cincinnati on a game-tying, 85-yard, nine-minute drive, carrying the final 8 yards for a TD with 1:53 left.

Cade McNown threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Dez White to give the Bears a 13-6 halftime lead.

McNown, trying to beat out Shane Matthews and the injured Jim Miller for the Bears' starting job, was booed loudly when he entered the game to start the second quarter and then fumbled his first snap from center.

He hit White on the TD pass with 55 seconds left in the first half, a score set up by back-to-back penalties on the Bengals.

Edinger kicked a 44-yard field goal after Brian Robinson's recovery of Brandon Bennett's fumble.

Neil Rackers connected on a 47-yarder for the Bengals only first-half points. Richie Cunningham hit a 30-yarder.

Matthews started at quarterback for the Bears and played the first quarter, completing 2-of-4 passes. McNown played the middle two quarters and was 9-of-15 for 75 yards. With Miller sidelined by a hamstring injury, Wuerffel played the fourth quarter and overtime. He was 12-of-20 for 150 yards.

Raiders 21, Cowboys 14

Oakland, Calif. Jerry Rice never got his hands on the ball as Oakland beat Dallas in the former San Francisco star's first game with the Raiders. After 16 seasons, Rice was let go by the salary cap-strapped 49ers in June. Chris Howard's 8-yard touchdown run with 2:52 left broke a 14-all tie in the preseason opener for both teams. Quincy Carter, the Cowboys' top draft pick and 53rd overall, threw a pair of scoring passes in his pro debut. It was Dallas' seventh straight preseason loss.

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