Saturday, October 21, 2006

I Still Can't Get Over the Bears

I still can't get over the Bears. I wanted to write about the game, but I've been too busy and now it seems it's been discussed ad nauseum. So instead of adding new insight, here are some of the mindblowing stats from the game. Thank to Elias Sports Bureau for a good number of these.

-The Bears' comeback from 20 points behind was the largest deficit overcome by any NFL team in a win which advanced a perfect start to 6-0 or better. The previous largest was 17 points by the 2005 Colts against the Rams to bring the Colts to 6-0, and also by the 2003 Chiefs vs. the Packers to go 6-0.
It was the first game in NFL history in which the winning team came back from a deficit of 20 or more points by means of three touchdowns on returns.
It was the first win in Bears history in which they trailed by at least 20 points in the second half.

In Bears history folks! That's quite some time.

-The Cardinals are the first team in NFL history to lose consecutive games in one season after leading by at least 14 points at the end of the first quarter in each game.

-Only the Cardinals or the Royals could pull of something like this.

-In Monday's loss to the Bears, Matt Leinart became the first player in NFL history to throw at least two first-quarter touchdown passes in each of his first two career starts.

-Yah, well...

-Matt Leinart has now lost as many games in the NFL as he had during his career at that other school in LA.

-That's 3 straight losses for you keeping track at home (loss against Texas). I thought he was a "winner".

- Rex completed only 14 of 37 passes (38%), threw four interceptions and lost two fumbles on Monday and the Bears still won! The last time a team won on the road while committing as many as six turnovers was almost 20 years ago: on Dec. 21, 1986, the Bears won in Dallas, 24-10, while throwing three interceptions and losing three fumbles.

We're good at overcoming turnovers, apparently

The last time a team won on the road while completing less than 40 percent of its passes and throwing at least four picks was almost 22 years ago: on Dec. 2, 1984 the Cowboys won in Philadelphia, 26-10, despite Danny White going 8 for 25 with four picks and Tony Dorsett throwing an interception on his only pass.

- Devin Hester had an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown on Monday night after having an 84-yard touchdown on a punt in the Bears' first game. The only two other rookies in NFL history who had at least two 80-yard punt-return touchdowns in their rookie seasons were George Atkinson for the 1968 Raiders and Carl Yeast for the '99 Bengals.

That's an 83.5 yard average.

-The Bears are only the second team in NFL history to score at least twice on fumbles and at least once on a return of either a kickoff or a punt in one game. On Oct. 25, 1964 the Browns beat the Giants, 42-20, behind fumble-return touchdowns by Paul Wiggin and Charlie Scales and a punt return by Leroy Kelly.

-(My personal favorite besides the Leinart losing one) Edferrin James had a key fumble in the fourth quarter and gained only 55 yards on 36 carries. That's the most carries in one game in NFL history by a player who did not average at least two yards per rush. The old record was set way back on Nov. 25, 1951, by the Giants Eddie Price, who ran 32 times for 47 yards.

That's Da Bears shutting down a back from The U.


Blogger DickdaStick said...

One for the ages !!!

10/21/2006 1:47 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

One to make Denny Green put on a straight jacket.

10/22/2006 7:49 AM  

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