LB Lance Briggs and CB Charles Tillman are the first teammates in NFL history to each have interception return touchdowns in consecutive weeks. The duo each had interception return touchdowns of 36 yards in Week 5 at Jacksonville. Six days earlier at Dallas, Briggs and Tillman had interception return touchdowns of 74 and 25 yards, respectively.
CB Charles Tillman broke a Bears team record with his eighth career defensive touchdown, a 36-yard interception return score, in Week 5 at Jacksonville. Tillman now has seven interception return touchdowns (also a team record) and one opponent fumble return touchdown in his career, breaking a tie with S Mike Brown (seven total, four interception and three fumble).
CB Charles Tillman recorded his 32nd career interception in Week 5 at Jacksonville, tied for the third most in team history and tied for the most by a Bears cornerback with Donnell Woolford. Tillman trails safeties Gary Fencik (38) and Richie Petitbon (37) for most in team history.
LB Lance Briggs is now second in Bears history with five interception return touchdowns, after a 36-yard score in Week 5 at Jacksonville. Briggs trails teammate Charles Tillman who extended his franchise record with the seventh INT return touchdown of his career earlier in the contest. Briggs now has six career defensive touchdowns (five interception, one opponent fumble return), third most in Bears history behind Tillman (eight total; seven INT and one fumble) and Mike Brown (seven, four and three).
The Chicago Bears had two interception return touchdowns in Week 5 at Jacksonville and now have an INT return score in 3-straight contests for the first time in team history. Against the Jaguars, CB Charles Tillman and LB Lance Briggs each had a 36-yard interception return touchdown. Six days earlier, Tillman and Briggs had interception return touchdowns of 25 and 74 yards respectively, at Dallas. In Week 3 versus St. Louis, S Major Wright had a 45-yard interception return touchdown.
The Monsters of the Midway had two defensive touchdowns in Chicago’s 41-3 Week 5 win at Jacksonville, improving to 21-5 (.808) under Head Coach Lovie Smith when recording a defensive score, including 18-2 (.900) since 2005. The Bears are 3-0 this season when scoring a defensive touchdown.
During the 2012 season, the Bears defense has scored five touchdowns (all on interception returns) while giving up just five total touchdowns (one rushing, four passing). The other two touchdowns given up by the Bears this season were on a fake field goal at Green Bay and an interception return versus Indianapolis.
In the last three weeks, the Bears defense has scored five touchdowns while giving up just two.
The Bears netted 501 yards of total offense in Week 5 at Jacksonville, the first time Chicago total 500-plus yards of total offense since September 24, 1989 at Detroit (542; 219 rushing, 323 passing).
The Bears rushed for 214 yards in Week 5 at Jacksonville, the third-most under Head Coach Lovie Smith, trailing the 224 vs. Carolina on October 2, 2011 and the 218 at Carolina on October 10, 2010.
It was the fourth 200-plus yard rushing contest under Coach Smith (208 at St. Louis on November 23, 2008).
WR Brandon Marshall had 12 receptions for 144 yards (12.0 ypc) in Week 5 at Jacksonville, the second-straight contest in which he went over 100 yards receiving (138 at Dallas). Marshall is the first Bears player with back-to-back 100-yard receiving contests since Marcus Robinson in 1999 (Weeks 10 and 11).
Marshall’s 144 receiving yards are the fifth most of his career and the 12 receptions are the third most. He is the first Bears player to record 10-plus catches since RB Matt Forte (10) on September 18, 2011 and the first Chicago wide receiver to record 10-plus catches in a game since Marty Booker (10) on November 24, 2002 versus Detroit. Marshall’s 12 catches are the most since Booker had 12 on October 7, 2002 versus Green Bay.
Marshall now has 35 receptions, 496 receiving yards and three touchdowns in five contests this season and is on pace to set single-season team-records in receptions (112) and receiving yards (1,587).
RB Matt Forte had 107 rushing yards on 22 carries (4.9 ypc) in Week 5 at Jacksonville and WR Brandon Marshall had 12 receptions for 144 yards (12.0 ypc) and a touchdown. Forte and Marshall are the first Bears teammates to have 100-yards rushing and 100-yards receiving in the same game since Thomas Jones (113 rushing) and Muhsin Muhammad (123 receiving) on November 12, 2006 at the New York Giants.
Matt Forte had the 13th 100-yard rushing contest of his Bears career in Week 5 at Jacksonville, tied for the fourth most in Bears franchise history with Rick Casares and Thomas Jones. Chicago is 12-1 (.923) in games that Forte rushes for 100-plus yards.
Forte trails Walter Payton (77), Gale Sayers (20) and Neal Anderson (14) for most 100-yard rushing games in team history.
Jay Cutler had two passing touchdowns in Week 5 at Jacksonville and now has 70 on his career, second most in Bears franchise history. Cutler entered the game tied with Billy Wade (68) for second. Cutler has played in 46 contests for the Bears while Wade played in 59. The Bears record holder for career touchdown passes is Hall of Famer Sid Luckman with 137 in 128 games played.
The Bears scored 38 second-half points, second most in team history behind the 49 scored at Philadelphia on November 30, 1941.
The 28 fourth quarter points were tied for the most in the franchise history in the final stanza of regulation along with the 1941 contest at Philadelphia and the September 17, 1989 game versus Minnesota.
The Bears defense held the Jaguars to 189 net yards, the second time this season Chicago has held an opponent under 200 net yards (Week 3 versus St. Louis 160). There have been only seven contests in the NFL this season where a team has held an opponent under 200 net yards, with the Bears accomplishing the feat twice in the last three weeks.
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