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Justin Fields delivers second straight record-breaking effort

Bears quarterback Justin Fields
Bears quarterback Justin Fields

Once again displaying his sensational dual-threat ability, Justin Fields followed last weekend's historic performance with another one Sunday at Soldier Field.

Seven days after rushing for 178 yards—the most by a quarterback in NFL history—against the Dolphins, Fields ran for 147 yards versus the Lions. He set a Bears record for the longest touchdown run by a quarterback with a 61-yarder last weekend and eclipsed it with a 67-yarder Sunday.

In the process, Fields became the first Bears quarterback to rush for at least 100 yards in back-to-back games and the club's first player to run for at least 147 yards in consecutive contests since Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton compiled 155 yards against the Cowboys and 154 versus the Saints in Weeks 5 and 6 in 1984.

Fields also became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for touchdowns of at least 60 yards in back-to-back games and the first to run for at least 140 yards in consecutive contests. In addition, he became the first player in league annals ever to run for two TDs, throw for two TDs and rush for at least 100 yards in a game. 

Fields' 325 yards on the ground are the most by a quarterback in a two-game span in NFL history, topping Lamar Jackson's 268 yards Oct. 13 and 20, 2019. 

Fields' 555 yards rushing over his last five games are the most by an NFL quarterback in that span in the Super Bowl era. 

On Sunday, Fields became the fourth player in NFL history with a 50-yard-plus TD run and a 50-yard-plus TD pass, joining Jackson (2022), Cam Newton (2012) and Hall of Famer Ace Parker (1938). 

In addition, Fields' 147 yards rushing were the most by a quarterback against the Lions, surpassing Randall Cunningham's 110 yards Nov. 11, 1986. 

Fields also became the fifth player in the Super Bowl era with one rushing TD and one passing TD in four straight games, joining Kyler Murray (2020), Ryan Tannehill (2020-21), Michael Vick (2010) and Jim Hart (1968). 

Fields' performance has helped the Bears become the first team in NFL history to rush for at least 225 yards in five straight games. With 2,017 yards, they are also only the second team since 1980 to rush for at least 2,000 yards in their first 10 games, joining the 2019 Ravens, who compiled 2,031. 

The Bears lead the NFL in rushing, averaging 201.7 yards per game. It's been a group effort with the offensive line, receivers, tight ends and running backs all consistently providing excellent blocking.

In addition, the Bears are the only NFL team with two of the league's top 11 runners and three of the top 31 rushers. Fields is sixth in the league with 749 yards, Khalil Herbert is 11th with 643 yards and David Montgomery is 31st with 434 yards.

The Bears have scored 124 points in their last four games, an average of 31.0 points. In that span, Fields has accounted for 13 touchdowns; he has rushed for 467 yards and five TDs on 50 carries and completed 59 of 92 passes for 620 yards with eight TDs, two interceptions and a 103.5 passer rating.

On his first TD run Sunday, a 1-yarder, Fields looked to pass to Darnell Mooney in the left flat, but Mooney was covered. Fields moved to his right, broke a tackle by defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs and raced around left end for the score.

"We tried to get the ball to Moon on that," Fields said. "The corners were over there, they in-and-outed it, kind of played zone to that little two-man concept. The concept was dead, and really at that point you just had to make a play with your legs. So just made a play with my legs and had to punch it in for the end zone."

The touchdown tied the score 10-10 with just :12 left in the first half.

"It was a great run," said coach Matt Eberflus. "We were down in that situation and we were running out of time, so we were going to call a timeout if he didn't make it there. But his grit, his toughness, how physical he can be, how strong he is, that's what makes him a special player."

Fields' 67-yard TD run came on a read-option play. He faked a handoff, broke a tackle and outran two defensive backs to the end zone. He received excellent blocking on the play from the entire offensive line as well as tight ends Ryan Griffin and Trevon Wesco.

One of the players giving chase was cornerback Jeff Okudah, who played with Fields at Ohio State.

"The way they block it up there there's not a lot of one-on-one opportunities to tackle him," Okudah said. "You've got to beat a block and then make a play on a guy who is really elusive. They're doing a good job with that."