Sunday's Super Bowl win by the Broncos was a family affair for Bears kicker Robbie Gould, whose younger brother is a special teams coaching intern with Denver.
Chris Gould, who spent three years as a kicker in the Arena Football League, joined the Broncos in 2015 after serving as a special teams quality control coach at Syracuse.
|Veteran kicker Robbie Gould is the Bears' all-time leading scorer with 1,207 points.|
Gould is the only member of the 2006 Bears that played in Super Bowl XLI who remains with the team. He has spent his entire 11-year NFL career in Chicago and is the franchise's all-time leading scorer with 1,207 points.
Select company: Bears Hall of Fame defensive end Richard Dent was among 40 Super Bowl MVPs honored on the field before Sunday's game in Santa Clara.
Dent was named MVP of Super Bowl XX on Jan. 26, 1986 after recording 1.5 sacks and forcing two fumbles in the Bears' 46-10 victory over the New England Patriots.
Good memory: The Bears won the first game ever played at Levi's Stadium, rallying from a 20-7 fourth-quarter deficit to stun the San Francisco 49ers 28-20 on Sept. 14, 2014.
Jay Cutler threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, two of which came on short fields after a pair of interceptions by cornerback Kyle Fuller. Cutler passed for a total of four touchdowns in the game for the sixth time in his NFL career.
It was the Bears' biggest comeback win since they erased a 20-point deficit in a 24-23 Monday night victory over the Cardinals in Arizona on Oct. 16, 2006.
So close: The Bears lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion Broncos 17-15 on Nov. 22 at Soldier Field. Trailing 17-9, Jeremy Langford scored on a 2-yard run with :24 remaining, but the rookie running back was stopped on the subsequent two-point conversion run that could have forced overtime.
Playing without No. 1 running back Matt Forte and starting receivers Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal, the Bears sputtered on offense most of the game against the NFL's top-ranked defense. They generated only three Gould field goals on their first 10 possessions.
The Bears defense, meanwhile, kept the game close. After permitting an opening-drive touchdown for the third straight week, the unit held the Broncos to three points on their next seven possessions. In the second half, the Bears stopped Denver twice on third-and-one and once on fourth-and-one.
The Bears recorded a season-high five sacks but yielded 389 total yards. Making his first NFL start in place of the injured Peyton Manning, backup quarterback Brock Osweiler completed 20 of 27 passes for 250 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 127.1 passer rating.
Super notes: Former Bears offensive lineman Roberto Garza served as a commentator for the first-ever Super Bowl telecast Sunday for the Spanish-language ESPN Deportes. ... The Bears and Cardinals, the NFL's two oldest franchises, shared a suite at the game. … A South Carolina native, Jeffery tweeted before the Super Bowl that he was rooting for the Panthers because "I'm a Carolina boy. It's only right!"