Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
I was watching the Thursday night game and saw the Patriots intercept three different Falcons quarterbacks. Is that something the Bears have ever done?
Not only have the Bears done that, but they were the last NFL team to accomplish that feat in a single quarter until the Patriots did so in the fourth period of Thursday night's game in Atlanta. The Bears did it Sept. 26, 1993 in the fourth quarter of a 47-17 win over the Buccaneers at Soldier Field. Linebacker Dante Jones intercepted Craig Erickson and Steve DeBerg, and cornerback Anthony Blaylock picked off Casey Weldon. The Bears defense also scored a touchdown in the period when linebacker Myron Baker returned an Erickson fumble eight yards to help Dave Wannstedt secure his first win as Bears coach.
I feel like there's a chance that both David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert could rush for 100 yards in the same game if given enough carries. Have the Bears ever had two 100-yard rushers in the same game?
It's happened four times in Bears history, but not since Nov. 10, 1985 when Walter Payton (26 carries for 107 yards) and Matt Suhey (16-102) did it in a 24-3 win over the Lions at Soldier Field. Payton (22-106) and Suhey (19-112) had previously accomplished the feat Nov. 20, 1983 in a 27-0 victory over the Buccaneers in Tampa. Payton (27-105) and Roland Harper (25-144) both surpassed 100 yards Nov. 26, 1978 in a 14-3 home win over Tampa Bay. The first time it happened in franchise history was Nov. 6, 1955 by Rick Casares (16-115) and Bobby Watkins (14-115) in a 52-31 win over the Packers at Wrigley Field.
It seems like Jakeem Grant takes every kickoff out of the end zone, so I was surprised when he took a touchback after the Bears allowed the Steelers to kick the go-ahead field goal in their loss to Pittsburgh. Was he instructed to do that by the coaching staff or was that his decision?
As you'd probably suspect given Jakeem Grant Sr.'s aggressiveness in bringing kickoffs (and even one punt) out of the end zone, it wasn't his decision; he was told to take a touchback if the Steelers kickoff went into the end zone to conserve time. There was only :26 remaining in regulation at that point and the Bears needed to get into field-goal range, trailing 29-27. Grant's earlier lost fumble may also have played a minor role in the decision. Here's what special teams coordinator Chris Tabor said about the scenario: "There were no timeouts left and that's a good kickoff coverage unit. We kept trying to test it all night and we finally got one out and then we lost the football, which we can't have. With no timeouts left, you just felt like time is more important than probably what the distance [of the return] is going to be. So, I told him we'd put his heels on the goal line on that one and we're just going to play from there."
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