The Chicago Bears march over to the Lucas Oil Stadium to match gazes with the Indianapolis Colts for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Brand new athletic stage for the Colts but the Colts don’t win.
The occasion was scoreless until Adam Vinatieri kicked a thirty-nine yard field goal for the Colts towards the latter portion of the first quarter. The Bears met that field goal with a fifty-yard touchdown run made by rookie running back Matt Forte. Chicago 7. Indianapolis 3. The second quarter closed the Bears lead with a Colts field goal. The gap was widened once more with a Robbie Gould field goal towards the end of quarter. Bears 10. Colts 6. Chicago then benefited from a safety when Colts running back Joseph Addai couldn’t get out of his own end zone. Colts head coach Tony Dungy unsuccessfully challenged the ruling. Chicago 12. Indianapolis 6. By the end of the first half, the Bears put up another field goal for 15 points total. Colts still 6.
Wide receiver Colts Reggie Wayne made a TD near the halfway point of the third quarter. Indianapolis only two points below Chicago. At the bottom of the third quarter, Bears cornerback Charles Tillman caused Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison to drop the ball. Bears linebacker Lance Briggs then swooped the ball up and ran twenty-one yards into the end zone. Tony Dungy once again unsuccessfully challenged the ruling of touchdown. Chicago 22. Indianapolis 13. The fourth quarter gave Chicago seven more points with a TD by fullback Jason McKie. Bears 29. Colts 13. Final score.
Observations & Miscellania:
1. Faith Hill sings the theme song again, improved from last year’s I think. None of that blatant red carpet muck. Sprint product placement.
2. Al Michaels and John Madden provide commentary. The first shot is not an extreme close-up as it was with last season. John Madden’s hand still looks enormous; the microphone looks tiny in his hand.
3. There’s an NFL Sunday Night cookbook?
4. The Bears donned white shirts for this game; made me think of white cupcakes.
5. Lucas Oil Stadium’s retractable roof opens sideline to sideline, as Al Michaels pointed out a commercial break after Colts put the first points on the board. It takes ten minutes for the roof to open. The field has no drainage system.
6. Was Colts quarterback Peyton Manning playing through a mental fog? Was he distracted? Experiencing more physical discomfort in his knee than he was anticipating? When he’s calling plays at the line of scrimmage, he still reminds me of an auctioneer. Or fast-talking John Moschitta. When the Lions were playing the Falcons earlier today, and not playing very well, Detroit’s quarterback Jon Kitna was seething with irritation on the sidelines. Peyton Manning, as I’ve observed in the last three seasons, certainly lets his state of mind show through his body language and expressions…but, he’s more prone to appearing distressed or sad or simply frustrated as opposed to annoyed or irate.
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