Last night, after a ridiculously silly personal foul penalty by Benny Sapp kept a Chicago drive alive, the Bears found themselves at the one-yard line with a 7-3 lead late in the first-half. A field goal would have given them a nice advantage heading toward halftime, while a touchdown would have put them in command of the game. Literally one minute later (and about three seconds later in game clock time) the Bears were down 10-7 and on their way to second place in the standings behind the Minnesota Vikings.

Meanwhile, 53-year-old Gus Ferotte (who survived an earlier assassination attempt by Adewale Ogunleye) has gone from emergency stop-gap solution to NFC North MVP. Competence in an age of incompetence is a powerful thing.

Tough D, long pass lead Vikes past Bears, 34-14 [AP/Yahoo]