Really? Surprising Bears stats following Week 16

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Following Sunday's win over the 49ers, here are some noteworthy facts, figures and stats about the game and the season to this point.

Team

  • The Bears are champions of the NFC North and winners of eight of their last nine heading into the Week 17 finale at Minnesota.
  • The Bears have clinched at minimum the No. 3 seed in the NFC Playoffs. They are currently one game behind the Rams (12-3) for the No. 2 seed in the NFC Playoffs. If the Bears win Sunday and the Rams lose to the 49ers, Chicago would receive the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye due to the head-to-head tiebreaker.
  • The Bears are closing out the regular season at Minnesota for the third straight season and the fourth time in five seasons.
  • With their 14-9 win at the 49ers, the Bears swept the NFC West this season with victories over Seattle, Arizona and the LA Rams. Last season the Bears swept the AFC North.

Defense

  • CB Kyle Fuller’s seven interceptions are the most by a Bear since Tim Jennings had 9 in 2012, which led the NFL that season. The Bears single-season record is 10 by Mark Carrier in 1990.
  • LB Khalil Mack leads the Bears with 12.5 sacks on the season and is tied for first in the NFL with six forced fumbles.
  • Mack’s 12.5 sacks are tied for third all-time on Chicago’s single-season list with Richard Dent (1993 & 87). Dent also holds the record with 17.5 in 1984. Mack and Dent are the only two Bears to record at least 12.5 sacks in franchise history.
  • Mack is headed to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl after being selected three times as a member of the Oakland Raiders from 2015-17.
  • DT Akiem Hicks leads the Bears with 11 TFL to go along with 14 QBH and is second on the team with 6.0 sacks.
  • Hicks has been selected to his first career Pro Bowl.
  • Since joining the Bears in 2016, Hicks is third among NFL defensive tackles with 21.5 sacks, trailing only the Rams Aaron Donald (38.5) and the Bengals Geno Atkins (28.0).
  • LB Roquan Smith is second all-time among Bears rookies with 116 tackles. The record is 124 set by Brian Urlacher in 2000.
  • Smith has six games this year with 10+ tackles.
  • Chicago has 27 interceptions this season, compared to only 21 TD passed allowed. 
  • Chicago has allowed just 1,217 rushing yards this season. The franchise record for fewest rushing yards allowed over a 16-game season is 1,313 yards in 2001.
  • The Bears have held opponents to six or fewer halftime points in eight games this season.
  • Chicago has forced multiple turnovers in 11 of its 15 games this season, has recorded at least two interceptions in eight games and at least three in four games.
  • The Bears have not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season in regulation (both have come in overtime) and have only allowed one 100-yard rusher in regulation over the past 33 regular season games (L. Murray, 111 yds, 2017, Wk 17).
  • The Bears are 11-0 this season when holding opponents under 24 points and are 0-4 when allowing 24 or more.

Offense

  • QB Mitchell Trubisky completed 25-of-29 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown at San Francisco. Trubisky’s 86.2 completion percentage was the second-highest in Bears single-game history. The completion rate also is tied for seventh among all quarterback performances in 2018.
  • By completing 16-of-17 passes in the second half at SF, Trubisky’s 94.1 completion rate marked the highest second-half completion percentage in the NFL this season. It ranks second overall by a Bears quarterback dating back to 1960, trailing only Jay Cutler’s 100.0% performance after completing 10-of-10 passes in the second half against Detroit on Dec. 5, 2010 at Ford Field.
  • Trubisky also became the sixth QB in Bears history to throw for 3,000 yards in a season (while missing 2 games), joining Erik Kramer, Jay Cutler, Rex Grossman, Billy Wade and Jim Harbaugh.
  • Trubisky has four 300+ yard passing games this season, tied for the most by a Bears QB in a single season. Trubisky’s next 300+ passing game will set a new Bears record. 
  • Trubisky has recorded a passer rating of at least 120 (min 15 att.) in 4 games this season, surpassing Sid Luckman (3, 1943), Rudy Bukich (3, 1965) & Erik Kramer (3, 1995) for the most such games by a Bears QB in a single season.
  • The seven touchdown receptions by WR Anthony Miller are the most by a Bears rookie WR since Willie Gault (8) in 1983 and are the fourth most overall.
  • RB Tarik Cohen leads the NFL with 413 punt return yards, is second among NFL running backs with 717 receiving yards and leads all NFL running backs with seven catches of at least 25 yards.
  • Cohen has been selected to his first career Pro Bowl.
  • The Bears are the only team to hold a second-half lead in every game in 2018.

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