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The Saints also allowed 60 yards rushing, with 12 of those yards on Cutler’s scramble.

Brees completed passes to eight targets, including three to Henderson for 103 yards. Tight end Jimmy Graham had six catches for 79 yards, ending one reception with a forceful head-on collision that shook up Wright.

Sproles caught eight passes for 43 yards. The Saints had 118 yards rushing, with rookie Mark Ingram gaining a team-leading 51.

Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, who spent part of the past week away from his team following the sudden death of his mother, said returning to the field was an emotional struggle, but added that was not to blame for his unit’s inability to sustain its dominance of a week ago against Atlanta.

“This was a real tough game to play today, but I went out there and gave it my all,” Urlacher said. “That’s a high-powered offense we were playing against. We were on a real high last week after winning against Atlanta. We don’t have the same feeling now.”

The Bears scored first on Dane Sanzenbacher’s 8-yard catch, capping a drive highlighted by Forte’s 42-yard run.

New Orleans cut it to 7-3 on John Kasay’s 31-yard field goal, then vaulted into the lead on Brees‘ deep heave to Henderson. Still possessing the breakaway speed that made him a star at LSU, Henderson split Wright and Chris Conte to make the over-the-shoulder catch, then slipped their diving tackle attempts to make it 10-7 early in the second quarter.

“There’s a lot of trust with that throw,” Brees said. “Obviously, I have a lot of trust in Devery.”

Kasay added field goals of 29 and 53 yards in the first half.

Robbie Gould pulled Chicago to 16-10 with a 42-yard field goal in the final seconds of the first half, then added a 38-yarder in the third quarter for Chicago’s final points.

Notes: Chicago was the only NFC team Saints coach Sean Payton had not beaten since becoming New Orleans’ coach in 2006. Payton, who grew up in suburban Chicago, had been 0-3 against the Bears, including the NFC title game to end his 2006 season. … After opening the season scoring one TD on their first seven trips inside an opponents’ 20, the Saints converted on two straight trips against the Bears in the second half. … Of Chicago’s 246 yards from scrimmage, Forte had 166. … Bears receiver Earl Bennett left with a chest injury in the first half.

(This version CORRECTS first name to Dane)