Drew Brees delivered accurate, aggressive throws downfield in tense moments, New Orleans' defense came up with a fourth-down stop and rookie Marshon Lattimore's interception on its final two series.
Kicker Wil Lutz hit from 45 and 49 yards in the second half, hitting the longer kick inside the
final two minutes and the surging Saints to once again overcome some potentially disastrous mistakes and win their fifth straight, 20-12 over the feisty Chicago Bears on Sunday.
Running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara each ran for touchdowns for New Orleans (5-2). Ingram finished with 99 yards from scrimmage, including 75 on the ground, but his two late fumbles kept the Bears (3-5) in the game into the final minutes.
Kamara had 76 yards from scrimmage - 48 receiving, including his 34-yard, back-shoulder catch along the sideline in the fourth quarter.
Chicago converted the first fumble into its only touchdown with 3:43 left on Tarik Cohen's short dive over a pile of players at the goal line. The second turnover occurred with a little more than two minutes left on the Bears 30, but Chicago was unable to get a first down as rookie Mitchell Trubisky's fourth-and-1 pass fell incomplete.
Trubisky completed 14 of 32 passes for 164 yards in his fourth start. Chicago's Jordan Howard had 102 yards rushing on 23 carries.
Chicago gets its bye week before hosting Green Bay on Nov. 12.