CHICAGO - Robbie Gould kicked a 38-yard field goal with 11 minutes, 28 seconds left in overtime and the Chicago Bears overcame frigid conditions and the Green Bay Packers for a 20-17 victory last night to stay in the running for the playoffs.
Chicago's Alex Brown blocked Mason Crosby's 38-yard field-goal attempt with 18 seconds left in regulation to preserve a 17-17 tie and send the game into overtime.
The temperature at Soldier Field was announced at 2 degrees, making it the coldest home game in Bears' history since records started being kept in 1963.
Kyle Orton hit a 17-yard pass to Greg Olsen, and a 15-yard penalty on Green Bay's Aaron Rouse for a horse-collar tackle gave the Bears (9-6) the ball at the Green Bay 35 in overtime. A third-down pass of 14 yards to Matt Forte got it to the Green Bay 20 to set up the winning kick - Gould's second straight game-winner in overtime.
Green Bay fell to 5-10.
Cowher riled up.
Former Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher, who is now an NFL analyst for CBS, did not take kindly to the antics of a couple of Tennessee Titans near the end of a 31-14 victory over his old team on Sunday.
While on the air, Cowher became animated about the Titans' Keith Bulluck and LenDale White stomping on a Terrible Towel, which is a staple for the Steelers and their fans.
"That looks like a pregame talk the night before to me," Cowher said, his eyes lighting up and his voice rising. "If [we'd] meet in the postseason, I know what I'm pulling out the night before the game."
Cowher's implied message to the Titans: There is a way to win in the NFL and that was not it, and you might regret that little sideshow if the Steelers return to Nashville for the AFC championship game in four weeks.
"I don't care . . . That's just our stand," Bulluck said. "Anybody that's going to come through here in the playoffs, we plan to stomp them."
. Running back Marion Barber has not practiced much the last two weeks because of his dislocated toe, but he is expected to play on Sunday against the Eagles.
According to Jim Donovan of Cleveland's WKYC-TV, who is the team's play-by-play radio announcer, defensive end Shaun Smith punched quarterback Brady Quinn in the face after a heated verbal exchange inside the team's weight room.
Browns tight end Darnell Dinkins confirmed the fight during a radio interview. Quinn is out for the season following surgery on a broken finger.
Dick Jauron's future as Buffalo's coach will be determined in the next two weeks, owner Ralph Wilson said. The Bills are 7-8.
Jay Zygmunt, St. Louis' president of football operations, has resigned amid another losing season for the team. The Rams are 2-13 this season and 5-26 over the last two years.
Billy Devaney, the team's executive vice president of player personnel, is expected to be promoted to general manager and head the search for a new coach.
. Suspended wide receiver Plaxico Burress has been sued by a Florida woman in relation to an automobile accident last May.
Burress is on the team's suspended/non-football injury list after accidentally shooting himself in a nightclub Nov. 29.
Police said Burress was driving his $140,000 Mercedes-Benz without insurance.
A spectator who tackled linebacker Junior Seau on the sideline during the team's home 47-7 win over Arizona, has been charged with trespassing and assault and battery.
Todd Kobus, 31, was removed from the stadium and arrested after the incident.
Coy Bacon dies.
Coy Bacon, a fierce pass rusher during a 14-year NFL career with Los Angeles, Cincinnati and Washington, died at age 66 in his hometown of Ironton, Ohio. The cause was not disclosed.
Bacon played for the Los Angeles Rams from 1968 to '72, when he made the first of his three Pro Bowls. After a stint in San Diego, he had his greatest success with the Cincinnati Bengals, making the Pro Bowl in 1976 (a team-record 22 sacks) and 1977.
Bacon finished his NFL career by playing four years for the Redskins (1978-81).
The NFL wants an appeals court to reconsider a federal judge's order that blocked the suspensions of five players for violating the league's anti-doping policy, according to court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.
Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson in St. Paul, Minn., cleared the way for Kevin Williams and Pat Williams of the Minnesota Vikings and Charles Grant, Deuce McAllister and Will Smith of the New Orleans Saints to continue playing.