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Bears...29 Colts...13

September 08, 2008|From the Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Chicago rediscovered its winning formula: Play tough defense, control the ball and make no major mistakes.

No, it wasn't enough to win a Super Bowl 19 months ago against Indianapolis, but it was the perfect scenario to ruin the Colts' grand reopening of the new Lucas Oil Stadium, 29-13.

Chicago's win ended Indianapolis' remarkable streak of 21 consecutive wins in September and October, the league's longest run since the Green Bay Packers won 23 pre-November games from 1928-32. It's the first time since 2004 the Colts won't start at least 7-0.

How did the Bears do it? With an old style and a new look.

Matt Forte, the first Chicago rookie to start at running back since Walter Payton in 1975, ran for 123 yards.

Kyle Orton, who wrested the starting job from Rex Grossman, was 13 of 21 for 150 yards and had no turnovers.

Meanwhile, two-time league MVP Peyton Manning wasn't himself. The Colts quarterback burned timeouts to save the play clock and didn't have that precision timing with his receivers after missing six weeks of practice. It was Manning's first game appearance since having surgery to remove an infected bursa sac from his left knee in mid-July.

Quoteworthy: "It's sickening. First game, new stadium, 15th game of the season, same stadium. It's really disappointing to lose." -- Peyton Manning, Colts quarterback

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