CHICAGO — Wide receiver Don Holmes grabbed two touchdown passes, including a "Hail Mary" toss by Neil Lomax on the final play of the first half Monday night, to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 20-16 NFL exhibition victory over the Chicago Bears.
After the Cardinals had blocked a field goal attempt, Lomax, with three seconds left in the half, lofted a pass into the end zone, where Holmes grabbed it for a 38-yard touchdown play. The ball had bounced off two Bear defenders before Holmes caught it.
That touchdown gave St. Louis a 13-2 halftime lead.
The first time the Cardinals gained possession in the second half, they drove 70 yards in 7 plays for a touchdown as Cliff Stoudt passed to Holmes for a 31-yard touchdown play.
The outcome left both the Bears and Cardinals with 2-1 exhibition records and with Chicago's Mike Ditka still seeking his first coaching victory over the Cardinals. Ditka is 0-6 in exhibition play against the Cardinals and 0-2 in regular-season competition.