Bears head coach Marc Trestman could be less than two weeks away from being unemployed after a lackluster effort against the Saints.
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The New Orleans Saints defeated the Chicago Bears 31-15 on Monday Night Football, thanks to a nearly perfect night by QB Drew Brees.
The Bears’ woes continued as they had for most of the season, getting shut out of the first quarter once again thanks in large part to an early interception from QB Jay Cutler. Thankfully, the defense held up in the first, not allowing the Saints to score either. But in the second quarter the Saints defense came to life with two TD passes from Drew Brees, first to TE Josh Hill and later to WR Marques Colston with only 0:32 remaining in the half to give them a 14-0 lead. The Bears tried to make a play to put points on the score before halftime, but Jay Cutler was intercepted on the final of the half.
In the third quarter the Saints extended their lead to 24-0 after Brees’ 3rd TD of the day – and second TD grab by Hill – as well as a FG by PK Shayne Graham. The Bears made some noise early in the 4th quarter with a TD pass from Jay Cutler to Marquess Wilson and a successful 2-point conversion to make the game 24-8, but the Saints defense held up for most of the quarter and the offense wore down the Bears defense with a TD from RB Mark Ingram to give them a 31-8 lead. The Bears managed to get a TD in garbage time with only 0:30 remaining, and the Saints won 31-15.
With the win the New Orleans Saints move to 6-8, giving them control of their own destiny in the NFC South title race. They can clinch the NFC South title next week with a win next week over the Atlanta Falcons and a loss by the Carolina Panthers.