Post-Game Notes

Austin Power: Bears cornerback Reggie Austin, filling in for injured starter R.W. McQuarters, recorded the Bears' first interception of the season stopping a Vikings drive late in the third quarter. The pick was the first of Austin's three-year NFL career. He spent the 2000 season on injured reserve and was on the active roster for nine games in 2001, playing primarily on special teams.

Open Book: Bears wide receiver Marty Booker set a career high in receiving yards with 198 on eight receptions, averaging 24.8 yards per catch. The output ties him with Harlon Hill (9-198, vs. Baltimore, 10/21/56) for the third highest single-game total in team history.

Streaking: The Bears beat Minnesota for the third straight meeting marking Chicago's longest win streak over the Vikings since stringing three-in-a-row from 1994-95.

Eraser Men: The Bears erased a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat Minnesota 27-23. Chicago came back to win three games in 2001 after facing a deficit of 10 points or more, the first of which was at Soldier Field versus the Vikings (9/23/01, down 10). The Bears rallied from 19 points down versus San Francisco (10/28/01) and 14 points down versus Cleveland (11/4/01).

Lucky 13: The Bears won 14 of their last 19 Season Openers, including a nine-game win streak from 1984-92. Chicago's nine consecutive victories from 1984-92 constitute the longest opening-day win streak in franchise history. The NFL's founding franchise was 10-1-4 over its first 15 Season Openers (1920-34). The worst losing steak Chicago has seen is six straight losses on Opening Day form 1964-69.

Opening Day Wins: The Bears have opened its season at home in 27 of its last 32 seasons, posting a 20-7 record. The Bears' 48 opening day victories are the most of any NFL franchise.

Opening Day Starters: With a start vs. Minnesota, right tackle James "Big Cat" Williams started his ninth straight Chicago season opener, the longest such streak on the team. Overall, Williams has started 119 consecutive games and has played in 151 games for Chicago dating back to 1991 and the Mike Ditka era.

Opening Day Quarterbacks: For the fifth straight season, the Bears had a different quarterback in the starting lineup to open the season. Sunday's starter Jim Miller, who started 13 games for the Bears in 2001, did not start at Baltimore to open the season last year. Shane Matthews, who was the Bears' opening-day starter in 1999, got the nod in Chicago's 17-6 loss to the Ravens. Cade McNown started against Minnesota in the 2000 season opener in Minneapolis and, in 1998, Erik Kramer began his final season in Chicago with an opening day start against Jacksonville.

Injuries: Bears defensive end Phillip Daniels left Sunday's game with a sprained left ankle, x-rays were negative. Cornerback R.W. McQuarters sprained his left knee, x-rays were negative. Both injuries will be reevaluated Monday.

Inactive: Defensive end Alex Brown was listed on the Bears inactive list for the season opener, as were fellow rookies Roosevelt Williams, Adrian Peterson, Terrence Metcalf and Jamin Elliot. Henry Burris, Mike Gandy and Ahmad Merritt were also inactive Sunday.

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