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When was last time both Bears safeties had a pick?

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on

When was the last time both of the Bears' starting safeties had an interception in the same game?

Kevin L.
Highland, Indiana

With Major Wright and Chris Conte both recording interceptions in last Sunday night's win over the Steelers, it marked the first time that both Bears starting safeties picked off passes in the same game since Oct. 7, 2001 when Mike Brown and Tony Parrish accomplished the feat in a 31-3 win at Atlanta. The last time two Bears safeties had interceptions in the same game was Nov. 2, 2008 when Mike Brown and Craig Steltz picked off passes in a 27-23 victory over the Lions, but Steltz did not start the contest.

By my count, the Bears have scored 95 points so far this season. Have they ever scored more in their first three games?

Ron S.
Mokena, Illinois

The 95 points the Bears have scored are the sixth most after three games in franchise history and the most since 1989 when they produced 102 in wins over the Bengals (17-10), Vikings (38-3) and Lions (47-27). Interestingly, they opened this season by hosting Cincinnati and Minnesota just as they did in 1989. But let's hope that's where the comparisons end; the 1989 Bears opened 4-0 before losing 10 of their final 12 games to finish 6-10. The most the Bears have ever scored in their first three games was 126 in 1941.

After seeing the Steelers block Robbie Gould's extra point, I was wondering when was the last time, if ever, he missed an extra point.

Dominic L.
Rock Island, Illinois

The only other extra point attempt Robbie Gould missed prior to last Sunday night coincidentally was also in Pittsburgh in a 2005 loss during his rookie season. Believe it or not, Jeff Jaeger also missed an extra point try in Pittsburgh in 1998. Since long-snapper Patrick Mannelly arrived in 1998, the Bears have missed four extra points-three in Pittsburgh and one by Chris Boniol in a 1999 loss in St. Louis.

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