Although the chance to set one NFL record went by the board in the 24-17 victory over Green Bay, there's still a chance for the defense to rewrite another section of the record book.
The Bears had a chance to break the NFL record for fewest points allowed in a season. Baltimore set the mark of 165 points in 2000. Coming into the game Chicago allowed 151 points, but gave up 17 points to Green Bay. The team still has a great chance to break the franchise best of 187 points allowed by the 1986 club.
Despite one record slipping through their fingers, the defense still has a chance to set an NFL mark. The unit has given up 168 points, which is 66 points fewer than the second ranked scoring defense. The 1985 Bears hold the record for point differential in a season. Chicago gave up 65 fewer points than the next closest competitor.
The defense has 24 interceptions through 15 games. It's the highest single season total by the franchise since the team finished with 31 picks in 1990.
Chris Harris picked off two passes from Brett Favre and in the process joined Nathan Vasher as the only two Bears to have multiple interceptions in a game this season. The rookie safety now has three picks and is tied for third on the team in the category.
Charles Tillman picked off his fifth pass of the season, which is a new career high.
For the third time in his three-year career, LB Lance Briggs returned a Favre interception for a touchdown. As a rookie, he took back a pick 38 yards for a touchdown. In last year's season finale, Briggs came up with a 45-yard interception for a score. In the third quarter of Sunday's game, he stepped in front of a gift-wrapped lob pass and went untouched into the end zone.
Briggs is tied for second in franchise history with three interception returns for touchdowns. Mike Brown and Bennie McRae are tied atop the list with four.
The defense has four interception returns for touchdowns this season.
The Bears failed to sack Favre until the final drive of the game. On consecutive plays Tank Johnson and Alex Brown took down the quarterback to help seal the victory. The unit has 41.0 sacks this season, including 28.0 from the defensive line.
Johnson's 5th sack of the season came in just his second start. He got the nod for the injured Ian Scott. After registering just a half sack as a rookie, he's fourth on the team in the category.
Brown tied his career high with 6.0 sacks. He's led the team in the category the past two seasons, but his total is tied for second on the team with Brian Urlacher. Adewale Ogunleye has 10 sacks to pace the defense.
With 25 carries for 105 yards, Thomas Jones now has 1,273 yards on the season. He needs 27 yards in the season finale to become only the second running back in franchise history to go over 1,300 yards in a season. Payton did it nine times during his Hall of Fame career.
Jones needs one more rushing touchdown to become the first Chicago back to reach double-digit scores since Raymont Harris had 10 in 1997.
The six-year veteran became the second back in franchise history to go over 300 carries in a season. Payton did it on 10 occasions with the final time coming in 1986.
With five catches for 58 yards and a touchdown, Muhsin Muhammad went over 60 receptions for the sixth time in his career.
Even though Rex Grossman. had a passer rating of 68.4, his 166 yards passing is the third highest total by the Bears this season.
Bernard Berrian had a career high 93 yards receiving. All three of his receptions went for at least 18 yards, including a career long reception of 54 yards. The Bears have not had a player go over 100 yards receiving in 27 straight games.
The Bears became the first other than the Packers to win the NFC North. Green Bay had won the division title it's first three years of existence.
The Bears have at least 11 wins for just the fourth time in the last 17 seasons.
Heading into this season, Favre had thrown a TD pass against the Bears in 26 straight games. He went without a TD pass in either of the two games against Chicago. While Favre has the two highest passing totals (277 and 317 yards) against the Bears this year, he was picked off six times out of 109 pass attempts.
Antonio Chatman's 85-yard punt return for a touchdown is the first given up by the Bears since Nov. 29, 1998. Tampa's Ronde Barber took back a deflected punt 23 yards for a score.