In case you missed it, or it somehow happened to slip from memory, there's some reference material available to explain exactly how much Terrell Owens went wild the last time the 49ers played the Chicago Bears.
It's called the NFL record book.
That's one manual the Bears won't need. "I'm pretty sure they've made notice of that," Owens said earlier this week. It's pretty hard to miss. On Dec. 17 of last year, in one of the most spectacular three-hour receiving displays ever, Owens burned the Bears for 20 receptions for 283 yards in San Francisco's 17-0 victory. His catch total shattered a 50-year-old single-game NFL record previously held by Tom Fears.
The Bears and Niners meet again on Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago. And the home team just has to be a wee bit concerned about what Owens has planned for an encore. Not that Owens himself has given it much thought.
"I don't know," he said. "I don't have anything planned. I'm just going to go out there and play like I know how to play. You all know what to expect when I'm out there."
That is to say, big things. The last time Owens was on a football field - on Oct. 14 against the Atlanta Falcons - Owens was every bit as spectacular as he was that day last year against the Bears. After not having a pass thrown his way in the first half, he was unstoppable after halftime, catching nine passes for 183 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in the final two quarters and overtime. He scored the game's final two touchdowns in San Francisco's dramatic 37-31 victory, a win that has the 49ers bringing a 4-1 record to Chicago to play the 4-1 Bears.
"Obviously, they're going to be looking out for T.O.," Niners quarterback Jeff Garcia said. "They're going to be aware of where he lines up every given down." They'd better be. The Bears, it stands to reason, wouldn't want history to repeat itself. "They've probably been looking forward to this game," Owens said. "They're concerned about what we're going to do. I'm not concerned about what we're doing. I'm just going to go out there and play like I've been playing, just being patient and just waiting for my opportunities." As usual, he figures to get plenty of those.