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By the Numbers: Important stats from Bears-Colts preseason game

Bears rookie running back Roschon Johnson
Bears rookie running back Roschon Johnson

Here are some of the notable numbers and stats from the Bears' 24-17 preseason loss to the Colts Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium:


Total rushing yards by the Bears.

For the second week in a row, the Bears rushed at least 100 yards in an effort that featured a variety of the team's ball carriers. After leading the Bears rushing attack last week against Tennessee, rookie running back Roschon Johnson averaged 4.6 yards per carry against the Colts.

Running with the Bears second-team offense, Johnson rushed for 32 yards on seven carries, all coming on a touchdown drive in the second quarter.

"You saw Rojo, he was really good tonight with his cutting and his reading of the holes," coach Matt Eberflus said, "and I thought he really got north a bunch of times and put his pads down, so that was also good to see."

Rookie fullback Robert Burns, who saw the bulk of his action in the second half, led the Bears with 40 yards on eight carries Saturday. Running backs Travis Homer and D'Onta Foreman added 13 and 12 yards on the ground, respectively.


Receiving yards by Daurice Fountain.

Fountain led the Bears in receiving yards Saturday, catching five passes on six targets for 85 yards. The fourth-year pro, who was drafted by the Colts in 2018, caught the Bears' second touchdown of the day.

Just over a minute into the fourth quarter, backup quarterback Nathan Peterman connected with Fountain deep down the right sideline, with the receiver leaping high over Colts cornerback Darius Rush in the end zone for a 35-yard score.

Last week against the Titans, Fountain hauled in an impressive 25-yard grab from quarterback Tyson Bagent.


Fourth-quarter points by the Colts

While the Bears defense shut the Colts out in the first and third quarters, holding a 17-7 lead after 45 minutes, Indianapolis mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter. The Colts scored touchdowns on back-to-back possessions in the final period and converted on a two-point attempt on the second drive.

On the first drive, Colts backup quarterback Sam Ehlinger scrambled five yards for the score, one play after he connected on a 42-yard pass to receiver James Washington. Running back Jake Funk capped off the ensuing 67-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run, and with 1:10 to play, Colts kicker Matt Gay sealed the game with a 35-yard field goal.


Completion percentage by quarterback Tyson Bagent.

Relieving second-string quarterback P.J. Walker, Bagent played the entire second quarter and finished with nine of 10 completions for 76 yards.

On his first drive of the game, the undrafted rookie led a 17-play, 92-yard touchdown drive, capping it off with a dive into the end zone from two yards out to tie the game at 7-7.

"I saw poise," Eberflus said. "I saw good protection by the line. I saw good route running by the receivers. I saw good running by the running back that was in there, so that was helpful to move the ball as well. And then I saw poise from him. Delivery was there, the accuracy looked pretty good, timing was nice, decision making was good. All the things it takes to score a touchdown, you saw it there."


Consecutive games with a strip-sack by defensive end Terrell Lewis.

In his first two appearances as a Bear, Lewis has made his mark with two strip-sacks. While the third-year pro's forced fumble Saturday was recovered by the Colts, resulting in an 11-yard loss, Lewis' ability to rush the passer and produce big plays was on full display.

"I read a lot of keys, and I think that's the most important part of the game is being able to make plays," Lewis said. "Those are the gamechanger plays. I've been around a lot of great players and it's easy to get a sack, but when you take it to the next level I feel like sack-fumbles, those are the ways you impact the game and help your team win and flip the field. Those are big plays."

Last week against the Titans, Lewis's forced fumble was recovered by rookie defensive tackle Zacch Pickens.


Total yards by Sam Ehlinger.

The third-year quarterback out of Texas led the Colts' offensive charge Saturday, recording team-highs with 60 rushing yards and 124 passing yards.

While the Bears defense limited Ehlinger's production to just 37 passing yards in the third quarter, he came alive in the final quarter to help the Colts get the win.


Made field goal by kicker Cairo Santos.

Santos connected from 50 yards out in the third quarter to give the Bears their first lead of the night. It was the veteran kicker's longest field goal of the preseason.

Santos has made all four of his field goal attempts this preseason. In his regular-season career, Santos has recorded 14 makes from 50 yards or more.

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