Jeffery's TD second best play of year

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Bears fans voted Alshon Jeffery's 46-yard touchdown catch against the Vikings Dec. 1 in Minnesota as the team's second best play of the season.

Last week invited fans to select the Bears' top five plays of the season. Finishing in second place with 23 percent of the vote was Alshon Jeffery's 46-yard touchdown reception Dec. 1 in Minnesota.

Just when it seemed like Jeffery had reached the apex of his jump, he soared even higher over Vikings cornerback Chris Cook to haul in a long TD pass from Josh McCown in the left corner of the end zone.

"That ball hung up for a long time," coach Marc Trestman said after the game. "That was a great throw by Josh to keep it in bounds, but we all saw it. [Jeffery] exploded into the air and elevated."

Jeffery's TD gave the Bears a 20-10 lead in the third quarter. They ultimately lost the game 23-20 in overtime, but it certainly wasn't because of the talented second-year receiver.

Jeffery caught 12 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns. In the process, he broke his own Bears record of 218 yards that he had set in a Week 5 loss to the Saints.

On the second play of the second half, Jeffery's 80-yard TD reception gave the Bears a 13-7 lead. Jeffery beat one-on-one coverage from Cook and then outran safety Jamarca Sanford. But his 46-yarder was even more spectacular.

"I saw the ball go up and a guy with big palms come out of nowhere to snag it," said fellow receiver Brandon Marshall. "It was one of the greatest catches I have ever seen."