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Playoff Flashback: NFC championship game, Jan. 21, 2007, Bears 39, Saints 14

It was the club’s first appearance in the NFC championship game

In the club's first appearance in the NFC championship game, after trailing 16-0 the New Orleans Saints sliced the Bears' lead to two points and were behind by only four early in the fourth quarter, but four turnovers proved too difficult to overcome. A fumble led to Chicago's first field goal late in the first quarter, and another fumble on the ensuing kickoff added another three-pointer for the Bears a few minutes later. Chicago would drive for a field goal in the second quarter to go ahead 9-0 and march for a TD on its next drive to take a 16-0 lead. The Saints would get on the scoreboard when WR Marques Colston hauled in a 13-yard touchdown with 51 seconds remaining in the first half. Chicago's lead shrunk to 16-14 when RB Reggie Bush scored on an 88-yard TD early in the second half. But QB Drew Brees was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone for a safety later in the third quarter, and the Bears wore down the Saints in the fourth quarter following a pair of New Orleans turnovers and after the Saints failed to convert on two fourth-down attempts.

*New Orleans Saints              *0         7          7          0          14

Chicago Bears                       3         13        2          21         39

*                                                                   NO                   CHI*

Total First Downs                                            15                    18

Total Net yards                                               375                  340

Rushes-yards                                                 12-56               46-196

Net yards Passing                                           319                  144

Passing (A-C-I)                                               49-27-1            26-11-0

Sacked-yards                                                 3-35                 0-0

Punts-Average                                                5-38.8              7-47.4

Fumbles-Lost                                                  4-3                   1-0

Penalties-yards Lost                                        7-47                 1-5

Time of Possession                                         27:45               35:15

RUSHING

NO: Bush 4-19; McAllister 6-18; Karney 1-11; Brees 1-8

CHI: Jones 19-123, 2 TDs; Benson 24-60, 1 TD; Davis 1-16

PASSING

NO: Brees 49-27-1, 354 yards, 2 TDs

CHI: Grossman 26-11-0, 144 yards, 1 TD

RECEIVING

NO: Bush 7-132, 1 TD; Colston 5-63, 1 TD; Miller 4-31; Copper 3-29; McAllister 3-27; Henderson 2-57; Campbell 2-6; Karney 1-9

CHI: Berrian 5-85; 1 TD; McKie 3-6; Clark 1-30; Muhammad 1-20; Gilmore 1-3

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