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Bears Stun Indy in Season Opener

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The Chicago Bears got their season off to a surprising start yesterday.

Playing before a national television audience, the Bears looked a lot more like the team that made a run to the Super Bowl two seasons ago, than the squad that lost more games than it won last year. The Bears were on the road, facing an Indianapolis Colts team that’s been dominant for the last five seasons - the same Indianapolis team that beat the Bears in the Super Bowl two years ago.

But this time, it was Chicago that controlled the game. The Bears defense – finally healthy after an injury plagued 2007 – limited the usually explosive Colts to just 13 points. On offense, running back Matt Forte became the first rookie to start at the position for Chicago since the legendary Walter Payton in 1975. Forte took advantage of the opportunity – running for well over 100 yards including a 50 yard Touchdown run to open the scoring for the Bears.

Up next for the Bears is a trip to Carolina. The home opener is September 21st against Tampa Bay .

I’m Ammad Omar, Chicago Public Radio.

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