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9 Friday fun facts about Bears-Steelers matchup


The Bears will visit the Steelers Monday night in Pittsburgh. Here are nine nuggets about the matchup and the all-time series between the teams:

(1) Since 2006, the Steelers have defeated every NFL team except the Bears. The Bears are 3-0 versus Pittsburgh during that span, winning those contests 17-14 in 2009, 40-23 in 2013 and 23-17 in overtime in 2017.

(2) The Bears won their first 13 meetings against the Steelers from 1934-49, their longest winning streak versus any opponent in franchise history.

(3) Former Bears general manager Jim Finks, a Hall of Fame executive who helped construct some of the franchise's great teams in the 1980s, led the NFL with 2,270 passing yards in 1955 as a quarterback with the Steelers.

(4) The Steelers are one of six road opponents the Bears play this season that made last year's playoffs. The others are the Rams, Browns, Buccaneers, Packers and Seahawks.

(5) In their first game at Soldier Field after relocating from Wrigley Field, the Bears rallied from a 15-3 deficit with two touchdowns in the final four minutes—including the game-winner with :44 to play—to stun the Steelers 17-15 in the 1971 season opener. 

(6) The Steelers have won 19 straight home games on Monday Night Football, last losing to the Giants on Oct. 14, 1991. 

(7) Bears defensive backs coach Deshea Townsend played 12 of 13 NFL seasons with the Steelers from 1998-2009, recording 21 interceptions while appearing in 183 games with 80 starts.

(8) When Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was a rookie with Pittsburgh in 2004, Bears quarterback Justin Fields was five years old. 

(9) Three of the last nine meetings between the teams have been decided in overtime, with the Bears winning 13-10 in 1986 and 23-17 in 2017 and losing 37-34 in 1995.

(10) The most receiving yards compiled by a Bears player against the Steelers came Nov. 24, 1963 when Mike Ditka caught seven passes for 146 yards. A 63-yard reception in which Ditka bowled over half the Steelers defense remains a signature play of his Hall of Fame career. It set up a late field goal that enabled the 1963 NFL champion Bears to salvage a 17-17 tie en route to a Western Conference title.

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