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Bears finally get their kicks

Published Oct. 2, 2005

The Chicago Bears waited all season and an extra day for their first victory of the season.

They didn't mind waiting even longer in order to get it.

Jeff Jaeger's 34-yard field goal _ his fourth of the game _ lifted the Bears to a 36-33 overtime victory Monday night against the Dolphins .

The winning field goal was set up by Miami quarterback Dan Marino's fumble at his own 17 with 6:22 left.

Linebacker Barry Minter sacked Marino to force the fumble. Defensive end Carl Reeves recovered at the 17.

Jaeger ended it with 5:35 left in overtime for the Bears (1-7).

Miami, bidding for its fourth straight win and sole possession of first place in the AFC East, squandered a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Chicago trailed 33-18, but forced overtime by scoring two touchdowns in the final 5:48 of regulation.

The Bears started their comeback with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Erik Kramer to Bobby Engram with 5:48 left, making it 33-25. The touchdown was set up by a Kramer pass to Curtis Conway for 54 yards.

Chicago had one more chance, starting at its own 41 with 2:35 left.

A 23-yard pass from Kramer to Engram moved the ball to the Dolphins 30. Then, on third-and-6 from the 26, Kramer found Chris Penn in the end zone, pulling the Bears to within 33-31.

Kramer hooked up with Engram for the 2-point conversion, tying the game at 33 with 1:25 left.

The loss puts the Dolphins in a tie for first in the East with New England, which lost to Green Bay 28-10 Monday night.

Miami (5-3) heads to Buffalo on Sunday for a clash against the Bills, the first of four straight games against division opponents.

The Dolphins scored a pair of touchdowns within a five-minute span in the second half to turn an 18-13 deficit into a 26-18 lead.

Terrell Buckley's 22-yard fumble return for a touchdown put Miami ahead for the first time, 19-18, with 3:05 left in the third quarter.

Safety George Teague forced the fumble, stripping the ball from wide receiver Ricky Proehl. Buckley scooped it up and raced into the end zone for his third career defensive touchdown.

The Dolphins then launched an 83-yard drive that ended on Dan Marino's 22-yard pass to Drayton. Drayton stiff-armed cornerback Walt Harris at the 10 to reach the end zone with 13:06 remaining, stretching the Dolphins lead to 26-18.

The first half did not go well for Miami. The Dolphins turned the ball over twice, suffered a safety and were on the short end of time of possession _ 22:21-7:39.

Still, the Dolphins trailed 15-13.

Miami turned the ball over on the opening drive, giving Chicago a 7-0 lead.

Marino was hit by defensive end John Thierry, and linebacker Bryan Cox recovered at Miami's 28. The turnover led to a 2-yard run by Raymont Harris, putting Chicago ahead 7-0 with 9:54 left in the quarter.

The Dolphins tied it on Jerris McPhail's 71-yard burst up the middle with 4:08 left in the period. McPhail logged the third-longest run in club history on the play.

The Bears then mounted a 56-yard drive, ending on Jeff Jaeger's 38-yard field goal in the second.