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Eberflus lauds Marcedes Lewis as 'special, special guy'


Tight end Marcedes Lewis' first touchdown of the season in Sunday's win over the Cardinals elicited an interesting reaction from his excited teammates.

In honor of the 18-year veteran's nickname "Big Dog," Bears players barked like dogs after Lewis caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Justin Fields.

"The guys love him for who he is," said coach Matt Eberflus. "He's a special, special guy. He's really done a nice job of leading not only the tight end room but also helps with the offense and the whole football team. He's a sounding board for me many times, and he's done a fabulous job."

Lewis made history Sunday, becoming the oldest player in Bears history to score a touchdown. The 39-year-old eclipsed quarterback Dave Krieg, who was 38 when he ran for a 1-yard TD Dec. 8, 1996, in a 35-9 win over the St. Louis Rams.

Lewis also became the second oldest player in NFL history to catch a touchdown pass, topped only by Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice, who was 42 when he caught a 12-yard TD pass Dec. 19, 2004, from Matt Hasselbeck while playing for the Seahawks.

Lewis' TD reception on Christmas Eve was his first since last Christmas Day, when he hauled in a 1-yard TD pass from Aaron Rodgers while playing for the Packers.

Lewis leads all active NFL players with 266 games played and 225 starts. He's played the most seasons (18) by a tight end in league history and is one of just three tight ends to start at least 200 games and catch at least 400 passes, joining Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten.

Running man

Running back Khalil Herbert had a breakout performance against Arizona, rushing for a season-high 112 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries.

"I liked his tempo and the way he brought it to the game," Eberflus said. "Everything starts with passion. You've got to start with that. That's the No. 1 thing, and he did a really good job with that."

Herbert's 11-yard touchdown run gave the Bears a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter. He took a handoff from Fields and bounced outside, racing around left end.

"It's an inside type of play and you're reading the [middle] linebacker, and he did a really good job of capturing the edge on that touchdown run," Eberflus said.

Not surprising

Receiver DJ Moore aggravated his ankle injury on the game's second play from scrimmage when his leg twisted awkwardly underneath him while he was being tackled following a 6-yard reception.

The Bears announced that Moore was questionable to return, but he only sat out a few plays before coming back into the game and playing the rest of the way.

"Not surprising at all," Eberflus said. "He is one of the toughest guys on our football team, and he's very talented. That's a really good recipe for being a Chicago Bear. Those are the kinds of guys we like."

Trust factor

The Bears produced the longest play from scrimmage in Sunday's game via Fields' 53-yard completion to Cole Kmet. Fields extended the play with his legs and then threw a 50/50 ball downfield to Kmet, who hauled it in for the longest reception of his career.

"One-on-one matchup, DB was just panicking there," Fields said. "He wasn't even looking back at me. I looked up, gave Cole a shot and he came down with it. Cole does a great job with extended plays. I fully trust Cole. Cole is a great player."

Check out the best images—taken by Bears photographers—from Sunday's 27-16 victory over the Cardinals at Soldier Field.

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