``We had the ball bounce our way some all this year,'' Jauron said. ``It bounced our way a little bit today. But generally we've made it do that and I thought our defense did that throughout the game -- generally throughout the entire game.''
KEEP ON ROLLING: The Bears haven't won 12 games since 1988 when the team went 12-4 and lost to the 49ers in the NFC championship game.
FIRST QUARTER SCORE: D'Wayne Bates touchdown in the first quarter was the Bears first touchdown in the opening period in 22 games. The last time Chicago had a first quarter touchdown was against Indianapolis November 5, 2000. It was also the first opening drive score on the road since 1996.
CAREER DAY: D'Wayne Bates came into the game with seven career receptions for 64 yards. In the first half against the Lions he had three catches for 96 yards and one touchdown. He ended the game with four grabs for 107 yards and a score.
``It was great to see D'Wayne Bates step up and play,'' Bears coach Dick Jauron said of the former Northwestern receiver, who had replaced injured Dez White (hamstring) in the lineup. ``We've talked for three years about him getting an opportunity. Well, he got an opportunity.''
GRAND MEN: Marty Booker became the eighth Bear in franchise history to go over 1,000 yards receiving. He had nine receptions for 115 yards bringing his season yardage total to 1, 034 yards on 94 receptions and eight touchdowns.
Anthony Thomas went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark. It was a workman like day for the "A-Train" as he carried the ball 25 times for 76 yards. He now has 1,023 rushing yards on the season.
Booker and Thomas are the Bears third 1,000-yard receiver and 1,000-yard rusher in the same season.
The Bears' last 1,000-1,000 combination came in 1995 when Graham logged 1,301 receiving yards and Rashaan Salaam rushed for 1,074 yards. Harlon Hill (1,128 receiving yards) and Rick Casares (1,126 rushing yards) were Chicago's first 1,000-1,000 duo in 1956.
OFFENSIVE MENTALITY: Walt Harris 39-yard interception return for a touchdown was the defenses fifth touchdown of the season. Mike Brown has two, while Brian Urlacher, R.W. McQuarters and Walt Harris have one apiece. Harris' interception was his first of the season and 15th of his career. It was also his third career touchdown.
SACK ATTACK: Armed with a rare 17-0 lead, the Bear' defense dominated. Chicago sacked Ty Detmer six times, with linemen Alfonso Boone, Bryan Robinson, and Phillip Daniels making one each, linebacker Rosevelt Colvin one and defensive back Jerry Azumah two.
``They are the type of team that when they get up on you, they can do some of the things that they want to do -- play soft, play coverage and mix in some blitzes and come after you to make you get rid of it,'' said Detmer.
Rosevelt Colvin came into the game leading the team in sacks with 8.5, but Phillip Daniels temporarily took over the top spot with his 9th sack of the year. Colvin regained the honor when he forced Ty Detmer to fumble behind the line of scrimmage, which credited Colvin with his 9.5 sack of the season.
The Bears defense now has 44 sacks on the season. The team tallied only 36 sacks a year ago.
GROUP EFFORT: The offensive line gave up their 16th sack of the season, which is still the least allowed in the NFL. The unit's success has to be attributed to being the only group to start all 15 games together.
MR. CONSISTENTCY: Paul Edinger's 38-yard field goal in the second quarter was his fifth straight conversion. He's now hit 22 of 27 attempts on the year.