Butler's FG lifts Chicago in OT, 16-13, vs. Denver

November 19, 1990

DENVER -- To err is human. To forgive is possible for Mike Ditka only if you've redeemed yourself.

The Chicago Bears coach, who had a tantrum on the sideline after Kevin Butler's field-goal attempt at the end of regulation bounced off the left upright, embraced his place-kicker after yesterday's 16-13 overtime victory over the Denver Broncos.

Butler drilled a 44-yarder with 13 minutes, 14 seconds gone in overtime to lift the Bears to their sixth straight victory.

"The first one [from 41 yards] missed by inches," Ditka said. "He's entitled."

Butler said it is "a terrible feeling to miss a kick like that, but fortunately it hasn't happened much to me in my career. It felt like I hit it good, but it just started to hook at the end. Actually, the one in overtime felt worse."

The clincher was a low line drive that sailed over the crossbar.

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