The Chicago Bears were certain Walter Payton was watching, and they were certain he was proud.
Bryan Robinson blocked Ryan Longwell's 28-yard field goal attempt as time expired, and the Bears snapped a 10-game losing streak against arch rival Green Bay with a 14-13 victory at Lambeau Field today.
"I think Walter Payton picked me up, because I can't jump that high," said Robinson, who swatted away Longwell's kick and gave the Bears their first win at Lambeau since 1992. "I just got my hand on that leather, and it felt so good. . . . It's for you, Walter."
The Bears were playing their first game since Payton, the league's leading career rusher and the soul of Chicago football for 13 seasons, died Monday. Wearing blue and orange football-shaped patches inscribed with Payton's No. 34 on their left shoulders, the Bears (4-5) snapped a three-game losing streak.
In the 157th meeting between the NFL's oldest rivals, Brett Favre drove the Packers 73 yards in the game's last 3 minutes 19 seconds.
Favre, who threw last-minute touchdown passes to win each of the Packers' first three home games this season, directed a 14-play drive that put the ball on the Chicago 10 with seven seconds left.
But unlike the Packers' strategy in their first three game-winning drives, Coach Ray Rhodes didn't try to score a touchdown. After a low snap, Longwell got the kick off cleanly, but Robinson, the Bears' starting defensive end, blocked it with one hand. The Packers (4-4) lost for the third time in four games, having scored just one touchdown in all three losses.