Bears stay alive with OT victory

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December 23, 2008|By From Sun news services

Robbie Gould kicked a 38-yard field goal with 11:28 left in overtime and the host Chicago Bears overcame frigid conditions and the Green Bay Packers for a 20-17 victory last night to stay in the running for the playoffs.

Chicago's Alex Brown blocked Mason Crosby's 38-yard field-goal try with 18 seconds left to preserve a 17-17 tie and send the game into overtime.

The temperature at Soldier Field was announced at 2 degrees, making it the coldest home game in Bears history since records started being kept in 1963. The wind chill was 13 below, the second lowest in recorded team annals, so the longtime rivals known for their ability to play in cold weather were tested by the elements.

Kyle Orton hit a 17-yard pass to Greg Olsen, and a 15-yard penalty on Green Bay's Aaron Rouse for a horse-collar tackle gave the Bears the ball at Green Bay's 35-yard line in overtime. A third-down pass of 14 yards to Matt Forte got it to Green Bay's 20 to set up the winning kick - Gould's second straight game-winner in overtime.

The Bears (9-6) won their third straight and rallied from a 14-3 halftime deficit to do it.

Green Bay (5-10) dominated the first half but lost its fifth straight.

Forte's 3-yard touchdown run with 3:11 left lifted the Bears into a tie.

Off the field

Redskins: : A day after Washington was eliminated from playoff contention, Vinny Cerrato, executive vice president of football operations, reiterated that first-year head coach Jim Zorn will return next season, The Washington Post reported.

Browns: : As he began what could be his last week in Cleveland, coach Romeo Crennel declinded to talk about a physical altercation that took place last week between quarterback Brady Quinn and defensive end Shaun Smith.

According to WKYC-TV's Jim Donovan, the team's play-by-play radio announcer, Smith punched Quinn in the face after a heated verbal exchange inside the team's weight room. Browns tight end Darnell Dinkins confirmed the fight during a radio interview on WQAL, saying Quinn's face was marked.

Giants: : Suspended wide receiver Plaxico Burress was sued last week in Florida's Broward County Circuit Court after being accused of rear-ending a woman in May in his nearly $140,000 Mercedes-Benz. According to a document provided by the woman's attorney, his car insurance lapsed three days before the crash. A letter from Allstate says Burress neglected to pay his premiums.

Rams: : Jay Zygmunt, the team's president of football operations, resigned in the fallout from another terrible season. St. Louis is 2-13.

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