Bears-Falcons Snapshot

The Bears will have a national audience for their matchup with the Falcons. Take a look at the numbers and notes heading into the game.

KICKOFF: Sunday, 7:30 CT
GAMEDATE:
12/18/05
SURFACE:
Grass
TV:
ESPN, Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann, Paul Maguire, Suzy Kolber

SERIES: 22nd meeting. Bears lead 11-10, with four straight wins at Soldier Field and seven victories in the last eight meetings. Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher puts no meaning on the job he and his team did on the Falcons and quarterback Michael Vick two years ago at the Georgia Dome. "They are a totally different offense now," Urlacher said Wednesday. "We also have a new defensive scheme in, so it's something totally new for each of us. I know how fast he is, but other than that I don't remember much from the game."

Former Atlanta kicker Jay Feely might never forget the outcome; his 45-yard game-winner sailed wide left with less than a minute remaining.

2005 RANKINGS
Falcons:
offense 10th (1st rush, 26th pass); defense 19th (22nd rush, 14th pass).

Bears: offense 28th (7th rush, 30th pass); defense 1st (9th rush, 2nd pass)

BY THE NUMBERS
FALCONS:
30 in 52 - Rushing touchdowns and career games for T.J. Duckett, who in four seasons has tied William Andrews for fourth place on the franchise list. Andrews, who played from 1979-83 and finished in 1986, played in 87 games with Atlanta.

BEARS: RB Thomas Jones has accounted for 36.5 percent of the Bears' total offense: 1,216 yards from scrimmage out of the total of 3,332. Only two players in the NFL, the Giants' Tiki Barber (37.6) and the Bills' Willis McGahee (37.1) have accounted for a greater percentage of their teams' offense.

FAST FACTS
Falcons:
Are 17-1 when leading at halftime under coach Jim Mora. ... Vick leads NFL quarterbacks with 499 rushing yards.

Bears: Seek first 7-1 home record since 1986. ... Orton needs one touchdown pass to reach 10 and break Jim McMahon's 1982 team rookie record.

QUOTE TO NOTE
Falcons:
"I told them today to not worry about scores, or the race, or people and where they are and who is playing (whom). We just say to take care of ourselves. That's the party line right there. The reality of it is that we'll all be taking a look to see what's going on around the league, but it's imperative that we focus on what we have to get done Sunday night. If we waste energy thinking about a score that doesn't break the way we want to, then the focus is off." - Coach Jim Mora on the NFC playoff race.

Bears: Informed that third downs have been a sore spot for his squad this season, Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner said: "No kidding."

In their past four games, the Bears have converted 19.6 percent of their third-down opportunities in a league in which the average is 37.8.

"Its crucial; we've got to start converting," Turner said. "It's a combination of sometimes not executing well enough and sometimes not having a great situation. Last week we had 14 third downs and 11 of them were 6 or more yards. So we've got to do a better job on first- and second-down efficiency as well."

For the season, the Bears are No. 31 in third-down efficiency with a 28.1 percent conversion rate.


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