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Bears rookie report: Week 13

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By Dan Parr

Bears rookie FS Chris Conte was part of one of the more infamous, as far as Bears fans are concerned, plays of the season in Week 13.

He and Brian Urlacher were in coverage in the endzone on Chiefs QB Tyler Palko's "Hail Mary" pass at the end of the first half, and Conte and Urlacher both went to bat the pass down — as they are coached to do in that situation. It just so happened that the batted ball fell into the hands of Dexter McCluster, giving Kansas City what ended up being the decisive score of the game.

Conte, who made his seventh straight start, recorded two tackles, stopping RB Jackie Battle after a gain of five and McCluster on a one-yard reception.

Second-round pick DT Stephen Paea was in the rotation at nose tackle for a seventh straight game and was very active, making a career-high four tackles. He had only three tackles in the previous six games combined.

Undrafted LB Dom DeCicco continued to make an impact on special teams, recording two special-teams tackles to give him 15 this season, which places DeCicco in a tie with veteran CB and special-teams ace Corey Graham for the team high. Another undrafted rookie, S Winston Venable, was credited with a tackle on special teams, pushing PR Javier Arenas out of bounds after a seven-yard punt return early in the third quarter.

On offense, fifth-round pick QB Nathan Enderle served as Caleb Hanie's primary backup but did not play, and undrafted WR Dane Sanzenbacher was targeted once but did not make a catch.

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