Numbers can help tell a story in a football game. Here's a look at 10 important or interesting statistics that could play a role in Sunday afternoon's game between the Bears and Detroit Lions.
Interception percentage for Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford this season. The Lions passer has thrown 433 passes this year and has only been picked off five times. Two of those five interceptions took place during the Week 4 game in Chicago, a 17-14 Bears win. The only season in Stafford's eight-year career where he had a lower interception percentage than this one was in 2010, when his percentage was 1.0 but he only had 96 pass attempts in three games.
Net passing yards allowed by the Bears in the Week 13 contest against San Francisco, the fewest allowed by a Chicago defense in more than 30 years. The 49ers gained 39 yards through the air on five completed passes, but lost 33 yards on six sacks. It marked the fewest net passing yards allowed by Chicago since November 24, 1985, when Atlanta had negative-22 yards passing versus the Bears.
Points scored by Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd this season. The rookie forced and recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown against Green Bay in Week 7, and then recorded a safety against San Francisco in Week 13. The eight points are the most by a Chicago defensive player since Tim Jennings's 12 points in 2013, and the most by a Bears rookie defender since Myron Baker scored 12 in 1993.
First downs allowed by the Chicago defense in the Week 13 victory over the 49ers. It marked the fewest first downs given up by the Bears since November 16, 2014, when the Vikings also had just 10 first downs in a 21-13 Chicago win.
Games this season where the Lions have trailed at some point in the fourth quarter. Detroit is an astounding 8-3 in those contests, having outscored their opponents 93-77 in the final 15 minutes of regulation over the course of the entire regular season. The only game where the Lions didn't trail at all in the fourth was this past Sunday, in the team's Week 13 win at New Orleans.
Rushing attempts by Chicago in Week 13, the most rushes the Bears have had in a game all season. Thirty-two of the attempts were by Jordan Howard, who set a career-high with that total.
Percentage of time that opponents score touchdowns when they reach the red zone (the Chicago 20-yard line) versus the Bears defense. That is tied for the eighth-lowest red zone percentage in the NFL. In Week 13, the 49ers had two drives inside the 20 and had to settle for field goals on both occasions.
Percentage of passes completed by Chicago quarterback Brian Hoyer in the Week 4 game against Detroit. Hoyer was 28 of 36, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. The completion percentage was the highest in a game for a Bears quarterback this season. Opposing quarterbacks have completed 73.7 percent of passes thrown against the Lions this season, the highest opponents' accuracy percentage in the NFL.
Receiving yards by Chicago wide receiver Josh Bellamy against the 49ers in Week 13, a career-best for the fifth-year player. Bellamy is the fifth Chicago player to have at least 90 receiving yards in a game this season, joining Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal, Cameron Meredith and Marquess Wilson on that list.
Consecutive starts by Lions free safety Glover Quinn, the longest ironman streak for any safety in the NFL. No other player at the position has played even half that many games in a row. Quinn has had a fantastic season for Detroit, registering 56 tackles, two interceptions and four passes defensed.