Crunching the Numbers

While RB Thomas Jones is in exclusive company, the defense came up short of two very obtainable goals with the starters on the sideline against the Vikings.

Running Wild
The offense finished with 2,099 yards rushing, which the highest total by the Bears since 1990.

Jones joined Walter Payton as the only other running back in franchise history to eclipse 1,300 yards rushing in a season. Jones finished with 1,337 yards on 314 carries and nine touchdowns. Payton achieved the feat on nine occasions during his Hall of Fame Career, with the last time coming in 1986.

With a 35-yard run on his last carry of the game, Jones had a run of at least 20 yards in five straight games. He finished with 12 carries go for 20 yards or more.

As a team, the Bears have 19 such runs, which is tied for first in the NFL.

Adrian Peterson is the first Chicago running back to average over 5.0 yards per carry with at least 50 attempts since Robert Green in 1995. Peterson averaged 5.1 yards on 76 carries for a total of 391 yards.

Leading the Way
It will come down to the coaches review of the game film, but it appears Brian Urlacher beat out Lance Briggs by one tackle for the team lead. Urlacher came into the game with 170 tackles and Briggs trailed with 168 stops. While Urlacher went without a tackle according to the game stats, Briggs had just one stop.

Despite sitting out the season finale, WR Muhsin Muhammad is tops in the team in all receiving categories. His 64 catches for 750 yards and 4 touchdowns were nearly more than the rest of the wideouts combined. Justin Gage, Bernard Berrian, Mark Bradley, Bobby Wade and Eddie Berlin had 74 receptions for 911 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Muhammad had 33 more grabs than Gage, who finished second on the team with a career high 31 receptions.

By the Board
The defense allowed a season high 34 points, which put their season total at 202 points. The Bears needed to give up 18 points or less to break the franchise record for the fewest allowed in a season, set by the 1986 club.

The Bears needed to hold Minnesota to 330 yards of total offense to finish ahead of Tampa Bay as the No. 1 defense. The Vikings finished with 396 yards of total offense, which the highest amount against Chicago this season.

Odds & Ends

  • While Kyle Orton was sacked three times, the Bears gave up just 31 sacks in 16 games. The number is 35 less than a franchise worst a year ago.

    Orton started 15 of 16 games for the Bears and went 10-5 as a starter. He holds the franchise rookie record for passing yards (1,869), attempts (368), completions (190) and is tied with Jim McMahon in touchdowns (9).

  • Robbie Gould hit 21-of-27 attempts on the season. With 82 points, he's the first rookie to lead the Bears in scoring since Paul Edinger in 2000. Gould had a career long 52-yard field goal taken away because of a holding penalty on Roberto Garza.

  • The defense went without a sack or turnover for just the second time this season, while the offense didn't turn the ball over for the fourth time.

  • Brad Maynard had a punt blocked for the first time since Sept. 29, 2003, a span of 266 attempts. It's just the fifth time in his nine-year career Maynard has had a punt blocked. Maynard hit Adrian Peterson for 18-yards on a fake punt it was his first completion since Dec. 1, 2002.

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