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Brooks, Horn Hit Right Note

October 13, 2003|From Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — The Chicago Bears had just what the New Orleans Saints needed -- one of the NFL's worst defenses.

Aaron Brooks threw two touchdown passes to lead the Saints to a 20-13 victory over the Bears on Sunday.

Brooks connected with Joe Horn on a six-yard scoring pass with 7:18 left for the clinching score as the Saints won for the second time in six games. The Bears fell to 1-4.

The game was far from a gem, but Brooks said, "The most important thing is we came out of here with a win."

After playing the league's toughest schedule in the first five games -- against opponents with a combined record of 17-5 -- New Orleans didn't look great in managing just 283 total yards. But it was enough to turn back the Bears.

"We know what to do, but we're not doing it," Horn said. "We're dropping the ball, making mistakes. It hurts us."

Deuce McAllister did the bulk of the work for the Saints with 116 yards in 29 carries; Brooks was 14 of 29 for 153 yards.

"It's just one win," McAllister said. "But at least it's a win. Now we have to try to get a couple more."

The Bears, ranked 28th on defense and 32nd and last on offense, scored their only touchdown -- a four-yard pass from Kordell Stewart to Dez White with 2:10 left in the game.

"I didn't play up to my standards and we lost plain and simple," Stewart said.

Before that touchdown, Chicago had two field goals from Paul Edinger -- a 28-yarder in the second quarter and a 31-yarder in the fourth.

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