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The Bears won the coin toss in overtime and got a 38-yard pass-interference penalty by Roman Harper on Devin Hester. That put the ball on the Saints 15 before Gould won it with a 35-yard field goal.
So New Orleans left Soldier Field with another tough loss, and the Bears went home with a sense of relief.
Sure, they nearly wasted one their best efforts of the season thanks to some questionable decisions. Such as when Brad Maynard faked a punt near midfield with the Bears leading by four early in the fourth period. He threw an incomplete pass rather than bury the Saints in their territory with a punt.
Orton also threw two interceptions in the second half that led to touchdowns, including Colston's.
But there were also some welcome sights. Danieal Manning ran the opening kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown. It was the Bears' first kick return for a TD this season -- shocking, considering Devin Hester is still around. With a bigger role on offense, his production on special teams has slipped after two record-setting seasons.
Hester is just handling punt returns now after Manning took over on kickoffs a few weeks ago. Manning has a league-leading average of 29.5 yards per return.
"It was big to get that," coach Lovie Smith said. "We just assume each week we're going to get one. Even though it hasn't happened, you're still assuming each week that it might come."
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