RB Forté one-man show for Chicago
NEW ORLEANS — Chicago Bears’ running back Matt Forté played like a one-man gang Sunday, accounting for 166 of his team’s 246 yards in total offense in a 30-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Forté, a native of Slidell who starred at Tulane University, rushed for 49 yards on 10 carries and caught 10 passes for 117 yards with most of those yards coming after the catch.
In the first half, he totaled 118 of the Bears’ 165 yards.
“It was a lot of fun to return here and play again,’’ Forté said. “The atmosphere out there was kind of like when (Tulane) played against LSU. It was real loud but the Dome is always loud. But it was real fun to play in front of family and friends.’’
Wide receiver Lance Moore suited up and played for the first time since the Saints’ second exhibition game on Aug. 20.
Moore suffered a groin injury on Aug. 24 while the Saints were holding an extended training camp in Oxnard, Calif. He practiced on a limited basis all this week after spending about 2 ‰ weeks on the sideline.
Moore caught one pass for 6 yards, that coming late in the first quarter on a 13-play, 66-yard drive that ended with John Kasay’s 31-yard field to trim Chicago’s lead to 7-3.
Also playing Sunday was strong safety Roman Harper, who, like Moore, was questionable for the game because of an ankle injury.
Drew Brees became the franchise’s all-time winningest quarterback for regular-season games when the Saints defeated the Bears.
Brees went into the game with 49 wins since joining the team in March 2006, while Bobby Hebert had 49 wins in two stints with the team from 1985-89 and 1991-92.
Saints coach Sean Payton also won his 50th regular-season game. He’s now 50-32 and has a 4-2 mark in the postseason for a 54-34 overall mark.
Movin’ on up
Kasay kicked field goals of 31, 29 and 53 yards in the first half, giving him 438 for his career and moving him past Jason Elam (436) into sixth all-time in the NFL.
Kasay and Bears defensive end Julius Peppers, ex-teammates in Carolina, huddled on the field after Kasay’s 31-yard field goal in the first.
The Saints inactives were K Garrett Hartley (hip), WR Marques Colston (shoulder), CB Tracy Porter (calf), DT Tom Johnson (calf), RB Joique Bell, FB Korey Hall and C Matt Tennant.
Not dressing for the Bears were SS Chris Harris (hamstring), G Lance Louis (ankle), WR Roy Williams (groin), RB Marion Barber (calf), DE Corey Wootton, DT Stephen Paea and QB Nathan Enderle.
Saints LB Jonathan Casillas left the game briefly with 5:18 remaining in the third quarter with an injured right knee and returned in the fourth quarter. He had a 12-yard sack after his return.
The victory is Payton’s first against the Bears and now gives him at least one win against every NFC team. Payton was 0-3 against Chicago before Sunday. … … Catholic High graduate Chris Williams, who played his college ball at Vanderbilt, started at left guard for the Bears and former LSU standout Craig Steltz, a Metairie native, also played.
Brian Allee-Walsh and Sheldon Mickles contributed to this report.