Houston allows fewest points in franchise history

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

"I've never been anywhere near something this cold," Texans quarterback David Carr said Sunday after an inspiring 24-5 victory over the bumbling Chicago Bears.

"As far as weather and conditions, the guys responded," Carr added. "There were some guys who were freezing and wanted to go home early, but they toughed it out for me. The ball was like throwing an ice cube."

The Texans (6-8) allowed the fewest points in their three-year history and got four turnovers, using their defense to turn up the heat on a day when the temperature at kickoff was 9 and the wind chill 10 below zero.

"I haven't felt anything like this since Green Bay days," said
Corey Bradford, a former Packer, who caught a 27 yard TD pass from Carr. "Cold like that makes you focus."

Domanick Davis scored on an 11-yard run in the fourth quarter and Charlie Anderson capped the victory by returning a fumble 60 yards for a TD with 2:37 left.

"Normally in the month of December -- and when you get to the playoffs -- it's so important you have a good defense and you have a team that can run the football," Houston coach Dom Capers said. "To me it comes back to the mental toughness of your team. We talk all the time about how every game there are certain circumstances you have no control over."

The Bears (5-9) failed to score a touchdown for the second straight game and their bundled-up fans booed at another inept performance by the NFL's worst offense.

"Just mistakes," said Bears quarterback Chad Hutchinson, under pressure all day from the Texans' 3-4 defense. He finished 17-of-34 for 168 yards.

"The wind was tough. There were some balls that I thought were good and they ended up short. But they had to deal with the conditions, too," Hutchinson said.

"It wasn't even that bad really," Chicago center Olin Kreutz
said. "Our offense just didn't work."

Carr tossed a perfect 37-yard TD pass to Bradford with 27 seconds left in the second quarter to give the Texans a 7-0 halftime lead. After his over-the-shoulder grab, Bradford fell into the end zone and then got up and fired the football into the stands, drawing a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

"I was trying to throw it and hit the wall but my hand was frozen," Bradford said. "I tried to plead it to the refs."

Trailing 7-0, the Bears' defense got them some points. As Carr tried to scramble in the back of the end zone and avoid the rush of
Adewale Ogunleye and Tank Johnson, he let loose a pass with no receiver close and was called for intentional grounding -- giving the Bears a safety with 4:06 left in the third.

After a short Houston punt into a 17 mph wind a series later, the Bears got into position for Paul Edinger's 43-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.

But moments later on a third-and-7 from his own 24, Carr moved up in the pocket and found a streaking Jabar Gaffney for a pass-and-run play to the Bears' 7. Kris Brown's 20-yard field goal made it 10-5.

Davis' TD run with 4:23 left came after the Bears declined a penalty when the Texans were called for delay of game on fourth-and-7. Instead of punting, the Texans decided to go for it and Carr's 8-yard pass to Bradford kept the final 56-yard drive

Rookie Dunta Robinson, whose sixth interception of the season kept the Bears out of field-goal range late in the first half, knocked the ball loose from Hutchinson on a blitz and Anderson picked it up with clear sailing to the end zone in the closing minutes.

"We got a safety and we thought we had momentum there, but it just kind of went down hill from there," Bears defensive end Alex Brown said.

"Who said 'Bear Weather'?" asked Brown, who played college ball at Florida. "I'm a Bear, but I definitely don't like that cold."

The Bears couldn't get anything going in the first half.

Thomas Jones fumbled to stop an opening drive that had reached the Texans' 20. Edinger threw an interception on a fake field goal and later missed an attempt from 39 yards after the Bears had been called for a penalty on a third-and-1 at the Houston 19.

Game notes
Carr was 13-of-28 for 220. ... The Texans got their first win against an NFC team in four tries. ... Texans guard Zach Wiegert left in the second quarter with a sprained knee ligament. ... Davis finished with 95 yards on 25 carries. ...There were 17,763 no-shows at 62,122-seat Soldier Field.