Nathan Vasher's 108-yard field goal return for a touchdown is the longest in NFL history. The play will have to be reviewed by the league office to make sure it bests the previous mark of 107 yards by Baltimore CB Chris McAlister, who set the record against Denver on Sept. 30, 2002.
Ironically San Francisco head coach Mike Nolan was on the sidelines for both plays. He was the Ravens defensive coordinator from 2002-04.
Record Breaker Part 2
QB Kyle Orton broke the franchise rookie record for pass attempts and completions for a season, while hitting on 8-of-13 passes for 67 against the 49ers. He bested the marks held by Cade McNown (238 attempts and 127 completions). Through nine games Orton is 130-of-238 for 1,253 yards. He needs 213 yards to move ahead of Jim McMahon for the franchise rookie record for passing yards.
No Fly Zone
Winds gusting up to 47 miles per hour limited the passing game for both teams.
Cody Pickett completed 1-of-13 passes for 28 yards on the day. The one completion stands as the lowest total by a Bears opponent since 1949. There have been three occasions when an opponent failed to complete a pass in a game.
The 28 gross passing yards is the third-fewest allowed by Chicago since 1970, ranking behind the 16 surrendered vs. Atlanta (Nov. 24, 1985) and the 17 given up at Green Bay (Nov. 4, 1973).
The one completion is the lowest total for San Francisco. Their previous low was three completions against the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 29, 1976.
The Bears attempted just 14 passes with eight completions.
With the limited amount of opportunities to rush the passer, neither side came up with a sack. It's the second time this season the offensive line hasn't surrendered a sack. The defense had at least one sack in the previous eight games this season.
The Bears reached 40 rushing attempts in a single game for the first time since Dec. 21, 2003 vs. the Washington Redskins. The team is 59-2 when hitting that total in a game since 1984, including winning the last 43 contests.
Adrian Peterson set career high with 120 yards rushing on 24 carries. He also scored a touchdown for the second straight week. It marks the first time Peterson has gone over the century mark in his four-year career. It's the fifth time in nine games the Bears have had a back eclipse 100 yards rushing.
Iron Man Sidelined
Tony Parrish went down on the eighth play of the game with a fractured fibula. He had started every game since coming into the league with the Bears in 1998, a streak of 121 consecutive games.
Chris Thompson made the mistake of going into the end zone on the first punt of the game, which allowed the ball to go into the end zone instead of being downed at the one. In the fourth quarter he came up with a muffed punt by Rasheed Maxwell that led to a field goal and gave the Bears a 17-9 lead.
Bobby Wade lost all three of his fumbles against the 49ers. It's the most by a Bear since Anthony Thomas matched the total against Detroit on Oct. 20, 2002.
The Bears kept an opponent out of the end zone for the fourth time in nine games. Chicago has given up a league low 107 points, which is 11.9 points per contest.
Chicago held San Francisco to 161 yards of total offense. It's the defense's lowest output of the season and the second time they've kept an opponent below 200 yards.
Defying the Odds
The Bears came out on top, despite losing the turnover battle 4 to 2. It's the second time in four games Chicago has been on the wrong side of the stat and won the game. Overall the Bears are minus two on the season in turnover takeaway ratio.