Bears Back in Control of Division

Playoff Bound: With today's win, the Chicago Bears (10-3) clinched their first playoff berth since 1994. "I'd like to congratulate our fans, our organization," said head coach Dick Jauron. "I'd like to congratulate our players and the staff too. I can't tell you how happy I am for everybody that we've at least clinched a playoff berth. It is something that we've certainly worked a long time towards. We've got a lot of work in front of us obviously, but it's a great feeling in that lockerroom.

Back in Control: By virtue of the Bears win and the Packers 26-20 loss to Tennessee Chicago has a one game lead in the division. If the Bears win out they will win the division and have a first round bye with a chance for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Double-Digit Wins: The Bears improve to 10-3 for the first time since 1990 and have posted double-digits in the victory column for the first time in 10 years (1991, 11-5).

All Abound: Running back Anthony Thomas recorded his third 100 rushing game of the season with 173 yards on 31 carries. The rookie back now has 865 yards on 196 carries (4.4 yard avg.) and is on pace to eclipse Rashaan Salaam's 1995 rookie record of 1,074 yards. Thomas needs 210 yards in the final three games of the season (70.0 yards per game) to set a new mark despite missing two starts with a sore hamstring.

With two 20+ yard runs against the Bucs today, Thomas now has six runs of 20 or more yards this season (46 at Cin, 32t at Atl, 25 vs TB, 23t at Cin, 21 vs TB). Last season, the Bears had 10 rushes of 20 or more yards: six by running backs, two by a wide receiver and two by a quarterback.

Rookie Catcher: Rookie wide receiver David Terrell set a new career-high with 94 yards on three receptions including a catch of 62 yards, the third longest play from scrimmage for the Bears this season. Terrell's previous single-game best was 91-yard effort (seven catches) at Cincinnati.

"Coaches were calling my plays and Jim (Miller) threw the football to me and I executed," Terrell said. "If the ball wasn't coming to me, I just got ready for the next play."

Marty Booker said the team expects big plays from Terrell.

"We know he can do it. It's just a matter of going out and doing it. He got opportunities today to make plays and he went out and did it.

Takeaway: The Bears recorded two interceptions and two fumble recoveries today, marking the 15th consecutive game the Bears defense has forced either a fumble or interceptions dating back to last season. The Bears have recorded 27 take-away (14 interceptions, 13 fumble recoveries) through 13 games this season.

Freddie's Back: Bears tight end Fred Baxter recorded his second touchdown reception of the season for the Bears with an 18-yard grab in the third quarter. The nine-yard pro (eight seasons with the NY Jets) now has 19 interceptions on the season for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

Book It: Wide receiver Marty Booker added to his team lead in receptions, yards and touchdowns with three grabs for 19 yards and a touchdown. He currently has 78 receptions for 845 yards and eight touchdowns.

Edinger for Three: Second-year placekicker Paul Edinger was perfect on two attempts today (30 and 46 yards) and has now made 19 of 24 (79.1%) field goal attempts including 12 of 15 from beyond 40 yards with a long of 48 yards.

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