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Cold Call: Carr, Texans Handle Frigid Chicago

Monday, December 20, 2004; Page D10

TEXANS 24

BEARS 5

CHICAGO, Dec. 19 -- In so-called "Bear Weather," the Houston Texans dealt with the bitter cold better than the team that lives in it.

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"I've never been anywhere near something this cold," Texans quarterback David Carr said after he threw a touchdown pass in his team's 24-5 victory over the bumbling Bears on Sunday.

The temperature was 9 degrees at kickoff and the wind chill was 10 below zero. But the Texans (6-8) gave up the fewest points in their three-year history and forced four turnovers.

The Bears (5-9) failed to score a touchdown for the second straight game, another inept performance by the NFL's worst offense.

Quarterback Chad Hutchinson went 17 of 34 for 168 yards.

There were 17,763 no-shows at 62,122-seat Soldier Field, not including the Bears' offense.

"It [the weather] wasn't even that bad, really," Bears center Olin Kreutz said. "Our offense just didn't work."


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