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The Bears Den: August 25, 2012 - Preseason News and Notes

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"...where we would really, really like to have Brian Urlacher back, please. And maybe Jimbo Covert."

Bears overcome key mistakes to win - Larry Mayer: Starters didn't produce many impact plays, but the Bears rallied from a 17-7 halftime deficit to beat the Giants 20-17 in Friday night's preseason game.

5 Things We Learned - Jeff Dickerson: Bears have work to do after win.

Webb, Williams await word on LT battle - Michael C. Wright: Official decision isn't likely to come until after the preseason finale Aug.30 at Cleveland.

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Michael C. Wright Q1 - Bears 7, Giants 3. The touchdown pass -- on a go route in which Marshall ran past two defenders -- capped a 59-yard drive spanning seven plays.

Michael C. Wright Q2 - The Giants took a 17-7 lead late in the first half, blocking Ryan Quigley's punt to set up a 1-yard touchdown run two plays later.

Michael C. Wright Q3 - The Bears pulled their starters midway through the 3rd quarter.

Michael C. Wright: Rapid Reaction - Bears 20, Giants 17. The Bears need to make several corrections and adjustments over the next 16 days with the Sept. 9 regular-season opener against the Colts looming.

Bears rally, edge Giants on Campbell's late touchdown pass - Jason Campbell threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Joe Anderson with 8:22 to play as the Bears rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit against the Giants' second-team defense.

Bears make a mess of good football - Melissa Isaacson: In their dress rehearsal for the regular season, the Bears underwhelmed in their most important preseason contest.

Bears’ starting offense struggles against Giants; backups lead rally - Sean Jensen: At least Jay Cutler survived the first half Friday night. Otherwise, the Bears’ starting offense failed to build on the momentum generated against the Washington Redskins.

Giants find running game in loss to Bears, 20-17 - "The truth was the (Bears') first team was just OK. The Bears (2-1) knocked off the Giants (1-2) because their second team was better than New York's backups."

Bears come together late for another preseason victory - Moon Mullin: The third preseason game is intended to settle some things for NFL teams. What Friday’s 20-17 win over the Giants settled was not entirely clear. [Video] Moon shows off a hideous shirt.

Even in victory, no easy answers for Bears - Brad Biggs: There are still more questions remaining for this team with time for evaluations and Plan B discoveries running out.

NFCN Blog Preseason3: 'Hit or miss' for Bears - Keivin Seifert reviews Friday night's action at MetLife Stadium.

Bears should be grateful it's only exhibition season - David Haugh: Apart from Marshall TD, victory over Giants shows how far they still have to go.

Bears rally after shaky first half, down Giants 20-17 - Fred Mitchell: Cutler hit Marshall on a 21-yard toss to put the Bears ahead 7-3. The drive covered 59 yards in seven plays. But the offense spun its wheels for the rest of the first half.

ProFootballFocus' First Impressions: Bears @ Giants - Reviewing the Bears' preseason match-up with the Giants, and what we can expect in the upcoming NFL regular season.

[Video] Bears win, Giants lose Amukamara - Jeff Dickerson: The good news is that it's only preseason.

Larry Mayer's Bears vs. Giants updates - According to Larry, "The Three Stooges" was the movie on the Bears' team flight. Did anyone think to tell the players that it wasn't meant to be a coaching video?

Tillman cornered the market on bad - Rosendoom: If Charles Tillman had been playing for a job, he’d have been on the street by halftime of the Bears’ practice game against the Giants on Friday night. Bonus: more doom and gloom.

Charles Tillman has rare off night - The Bears' Pro Bowl cornerback committed two penalties, one that led to a New York Giants touchdown. Also, game notes.

CB Charles Tillman suffers burning sensation - The sight of the Bears’ best cornerback getting burned by unheralded Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden had to be a little disconcerting, whether it’s the third preseason game or the first.

Four downs by Brad Biggs - Brad Biggs on the left side of the OL, Tillman, Quigley, and Marshall.

[Video] NFL Game Center: Bears at Giants - Nick Roach looks slow as molasses as he chases down chaperones David Wilson after the latter's reception out of the backfield.

Bears can count on safety Craig Steltz - I'm somewhat bemused by this Joe Cowley round-up. Despite having Steltz in the headline, photo, and caption, there's no mention of him at all in the article. No matter, Dane still rejoices!

Personnel decisions in process as Bears-Giants plays out - Moon Mullin on the OL, LB, RB roster spots.

Bears-Giants notes - Matt Bowen on Marshall, rookie RB David Wilson, Bears O-Line and more.

Replacement officials, officially ... odd - Moon Mullin: The replacement officials have made some questionable calls during the first half, with most of them favoring the Giants.

Forte confident run game will improve - Larry Mayer: The rushing attack was stuck in neutral against the Giants’ No. 1 defense Friday night, but Matt Forte is convinced the ground game will get better.

Marshall flashes big-play ability in victory - Larry Mayer: When the Bears traded for Brandon Marshall in March, they envisioned him producing plays like the one he made in Friday night.

Brandon Marshall touchdown just as it's drawn up - Matt Bowen: The Bears' execution put the Giants defense in a bad spot for Cutler and Marshall to exploit.

Exhibition photos: Bears 20, Giants 17 - All the action from Metlife Stadium. Bonus for hamsters: Izzy pops up a couple of times.

Bears are an animal!