Crunching the Numbers

While 16 points isn't an offensive explosion, the Bears accomplished several things against the Falcons. The defense also capped their stingiest season in Soldier Field history.

  • The Bears haven't had more than one offensive touchdown in a game since their 20-17 victory at New Orleans in Week 9.

  • Technically Thomas Jones' one-yard touchdown with 8:17 left in the third quarter was the Bears' second possession of the half. An interception return by Keion Carpenter resulted in a fumble that Justin Gage recovered at the one yard line. Jones punched it in a play later.

    The last time the Bears scored a touchdown to open the second half was against Cleveland in Week 5.

  • Rex Grossman threw for 93 yards in a half, which is more than Kyle Orton has thrown in three of his starts. Orton has only thrown for more yards in a half four times all year.

    Orton had thrown 344 of 345 passes the Bears had attempted heading into the matchup with Atlanta.

    In the prior 10 quarters before Grossman took over the offense, the unit had converted 3-of-30 third down attempts. In one half with Grossman at the helm the unit converted 3-of-8. The Bears had 10 first downs in the final 30 minutes of the game compared to the same number in the loss at Pittsburgh.

  • Grinches
    The defense surrendered 61 points in 8 home games. It's the lowest total since the team moved to Soldier Field. The 7.65 points allowed is the lowest since the 1942 squad gave up an average of 7.0 points in six home games.

    The Bears allowed fewer than 10 points in their final six games at Soldier Field, which is the longest such streak in NFL history since the 1935 Packers did it in all seven of their home games. Overall the unit held the opponent to less than 10 points in 7 of 8 games played at Soldier Field.

  • Eye on the Ball
    With Mike Green and Nathan coming up with interceptions, the Bears now have 20 picks on the season. It's tied for the highest total since the team had 31 picks in 1990. That's also the same year that Mark Carrier set the franchise record with 10 interceptions.

    The defense has 514 yards on interception returns, which is the fourth highest total in franchise history. They are just 72 yards short of setting a new team record.

  • Running Wild
    Thomas Jones set two more career highs with his performance against the Falcons. With 27 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown, Jones has 277 rushes on the season and eight touchdowns. Both best his totals from last season. It's the highest total by a Bear running back since Raymont Harris had 10 rushing touchdowns in 1997. He now has 1,168 yards rushing and with every yard gained comes a new career mark.

  • The Interceptor
    Nathan Vasher is now tied for the NFC lead with 8 interceptions. He has 13 picks in 30 career games and is now just one behind Mike Brown for the active team lead. Brown has played in 78 games over his six years in the league. Vasher also dropped two other potential interceptions.

  • Prince of the Sack
    Adewale Ogunleye became the first Bear to reach double-digit sacks since Rosevelt Colvin in 2003. He's the first defensive end to do it since Richard Dent had 12.5 in 1993. It's the second time in Ogunleye's career he has achieved the feat. His career high is 15 sacks, which was good enough to lead the AFC in 2003.

  • Jack of All Trades
    Bernard Berrian had six total touches for 81 yards. He caught two balls for 20 yards, had two punt returns for 30 yards and two rushes for 31 yards. His 37-yard run is the longest by a Chicago receiver since Eddie Kennison had a 52-yard effort in 2000.

  • Held in Check
    For all the talk of Orton's passer rating hovering around 60 all season, Michael Vick finished with a 25.8 rating. He completed 13-of-32 passes for 122 yards and two interceptions. He would have failed to reach the century mark if not for 49 yards passing on the final drive of the game in garbage time.

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