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While Rex Grossman didn't put huge numbers in his NFL debut, the quarterback did two things that few signal callers have done in team history.

FIRST STARTS: Looking back over the 25 quarterbacks drafted by the Bears since 1965, Rex Grossman is the first to make his NFL debut as a starter and just the second Chicago rookie signal-caller during that span to emerge from his first start victorious. The only other Bears passer since 1965 to win his first career start was Jim McMahon in 1982 with a 20-17 triumph over Detroit on Nov. 21, in the third game of the season and first following the NFL strike.

(1965-2003) Passer Date/Opponent W/L Comp./Att. (Pct.) Yards TD-INT Passer Rating

Rex Grossman Dec. 14, 2003 vs. MIN W, 13-10 13-of-30 (43.3) 157 0-0 60.0
Cade McNown Oct. 17, 1999 vs. PHI L, 16-20 17-of-33 (51.5) 255 1-2 62.1
Moses Moreno Nov. 29, 1998 vs. TB L, 17-31 18-of-41 (43.9) 153 1-0 62.3
Will Furrer Dec. 27, 1992 at DAL L, 14-27 9-of-23 (39.1) 89 0-3 11.2
Jim McMahon Nov. 21, 1982 vs. DET W, 20-17 16-of-27 (59.3) 233 2-3 72.5
Bob Avellini Nov. 30, 1975 at GB L, 7-28 9-of-25 (36.0) 109 0-3 10.7
Gary Huff Dec. 2, 1973 vs. Rams L, 0-26 9-of-19 (47.4) 79 0-0 58.9
Bobby Douglass Oct. 19, 1969 at DET L, 7-13 4-of-9 (44.4) 41 1-0 95.1

OLD FRIENDS: Second-year Washington head coach Steve Spurrier may be leading his Redskins against Chicago for the first time as an NFL head coach, but he is no stranger to taking on the Bears. Spurrier, the 1966 Heisman Trophy winner from Florida, was a first-round draft choice by San Francisco in 1967 who played quarterback and punted for the Niners from 1967-75. During those nine seasons, Spurrier's 49ers squared off against the Bears eight times, winning each of the final six contests. Spurrier was 2-0 against Chicago as a starting quarterback, leading San Francisco to a 31-3 win (11-of-21, 124 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) on Nov. 16, 1975, and a 34-21 win (17-of-27, 275 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT) on Nov. 19, 1972, at Soldier Field. In three games of mop-up duty for starter John Brodie (father-in-law of current Bears QB Chris Chandler) against Chicago, Spurrier completed 8-of-16 passes for 125 yards, two TDs and one INT. Spurrier also served as the 49ers punter in three of those tilts, averaging 32.7 yards on 15 punts with a long of 50 yards. The last meeting between Spurrier and the Bears came 33 years ago. Spurrier was the collegiate head coach of current Bears players DE Alex Brown, QB Rex Grossman, S Todd Johnson, DT Tron LaFavor and DT Ian Scott -- all former Florida Gators.

AND THE WINNER IS: Bears rookie cornerback Charles Tillman was nominated for the "NFL Play of the Week" for his game-saving one-handed interception in the end zone this past Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. To vote for Tillman's interception visit The week winner will be announced at noon EST Thursday at

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