Bears-Chiefs: Post-Game Notes

Tidbits from the season finale

When your offense puts a field goal in 60 minutes of football there isn't much to celebrate, but Marty Booker continues to move up Bears record books.

With 92 yards on six receptions Marty Booker passed Ken Kavanaugh and Willie Gault on the team's all-time receiving yardage list to sixth. In an injury plagued campaign Booker jumped from 13th to 6th with 715 yards on 52 receptions, which led the team in both categories.

Booker becomes the first wide receiver to lead the team in receptions for three consecutive seasons since Harlon Hill pulled it off from 1954-56. The late Walter Payton achieved the feat from 1983-85.

With a first quarter reception Booker set a new team record with al least one reception in each of the last 58 games in which he has played, former teammate Bobby Engram. Booker began his streak the week after Engram's ended, catching five passes for 56 yards vs. Detroit on Sept. 24, 2000 after being inactive the week before.

Grand Train: Anthony Thomas entered the season finale 37 yards short of the 1,000-yard plateau. While it wasn't his best day, Thomas finished the game with 61 yards on 16 carries bringing his season total to 1,024 yards. It took him 234 carries to hit the milestone.

Thomas becomes just the fourth running back in Bears history to have more than one 1,000-yard campaign. He joins Walter Payton (10 times), Neal Anderson (3 times) and Gale Sayers (2 times).

Lack of a Sack Attack: The Bears set a new record for futility when it comes to reaching the quarterback. Chicago's defense finished with 18 sacks on the year, which is the lowest output in team history. The 1972 squad, who had 23 sacks during a 14-game regular season, held the former mark.

Drought comes to an end: Brian Urlacher went 11 games without reaching the quarterback before taking down Kansas City signal caller Trent Green. On the season Urlacher finished with 2.5 sacks, which is the lowest output of his four-year career. He also went the entire season without being involved in a turnover.

The middle linebacker led the team in tackles for the fourth consecutive season. Before the final review by the coaching staff, Urlacher registered 153 tackles, which is the third-highest tackle total of his career. The four-time Pro Bowler is the only member of the defense to go over the century mark in total tackles and has led or tied for the team lead in tackles in 10 of 16 games.

Ballhawks: A year ago the Bears defense tied for the fewest interceptions in football with 9 and only 3 of those came from the cornerbacks. This year the corners accounted for 10 of the unit's 15. Jerry Azumah, who picked off his fourth of the season vs. Kansas City, tied rookie Charles Tillman for the team lead.

Record Breaker: Chiefs' RB Priest Holmes came into the season finale on the verge of setting two NFL records. Needing one rushing touchdown to own the single season mark by himself and two scores to break the single season total touchdown mark.

Holmes moved past Emmitt Smith with his 26th rushing score of the season on a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He capped his day with a 2-yard leap into the end zone breaking Marshall Faulk's record with his 27th touchdown of the year.

Injury Report: Rex Grossman left the game in the second and did not return because of a torn tendon in his middle finger on his throwing hand. The injury isn't considered serious, but there was no reason to take a chance in the season finale.

Not Active: P 16 Brooks Barnard, WR 18 Daryl Jones, G 68 Bryan Anderson, T 74 Charles Hill, TE 85 John Gilmore, WR 87 Justin Gage, DT 95 Ian Scott.

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