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Really? Surprising Bears stats following Week 17

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Following Sunday's regular-season finale win over the Vikings, here are some noteworthy facts, figures and stats about the game and the season to this point.

Team

  • Chicago's winning percentage from 2017 (5-11, .313) to 2018 (12-4, .750) is the second-best single-season turnaround since the AFL-NFL merger. The best mark was in 2001, when the Bears went 13-3 after a 5-11 season in 2000.
  • The Bears finished 5-1 vs. the NFC North, their best mark in division play since 2010.
  • Chicago is hosting a playoff game for the first time since the 2010 NFC Championship game, their last appearance in the playoffs.
  • Sunday's winner will advance to the Divisional round and visit the second-seeded Rams (13-3) in Los Angeles at 7:15 p.m. (CT) Saturday, Jan. 12. The Bears defeated the Rams 15-6 Dec. 9 in Chicago.
  • The last time Chicago was the NFC's No. 3 seed was during the 1990-91 Playoffs. The Bears opened the postseason on Jan. 6, 1991, hosting the No. 6 seed New Orleans Saints and came away with a 16-6 victory at Soldier Field.
  • The Bears and the Eagles are meeting for the fourth time overall in the postseason, with Eagles owning a 2-1 advantage. The Bears lone win in the playoffs against the Eagles was in 1988, in a game known as the "Fog Bowl" at Soldier Field on New Year's Eve. A dense fog rolled over Chicago's Soldier Field during the second quarter, cutting visibility to about 15–20 yards for the rest of the game.
  • With their 14-9 win at the 49ers, the Bears swept with the NFC West this season with victories over Seattle, Arizona and the LA Rams. Last season the Bears swept the AFC North.
  • The Bears won their 9-of-10 games to close out the 2018 regular season. The last time Chicago finished a season 9-1 in their final 10 games was in 1985 (15-1 overall).
  • Head coach Matt Nagy's 12 wins are the most by a Bears head coach in their inaugural season in franchise history.
  • Additionally, Nagy's 12-4 mark as a first-year head coach is the best record among active head coaches through their first year in the NFL as a head coach, passing Sean McVay (LAR, 2017) and John Harbaugh (BAL, 2008), who each finished 11-5 to start their inaugural seasons as a head coach.

Offense

  • QB Mitchell Trubisky recorded four 300+ yard passing games in 14 regular season games, tied for the most by a Bears QB in a single season.
  • Trubisky recorded a passer rating of at least 120.0 (min 15 att.) in four games during the regular 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.
  • Trubisky 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 is No. 5 in the NFL among QBs with 30.1 rushing yards per game and is No. 3 among QBs in yards per rush (6.19).
  • WR Anthony Miller is second among rookie wide receivers with seven touchdown catches this season. Atlanta's Calvin Ridley is first with 10.
  • The Bears scored 24 or more points 11 times in 2018, the most since scoring 24+ points in 11 games in 1995.
  • Chicago's offense finished the 2018 regular season with a record-setting 67.2 completion percentage (344-of-512), passing the 2014 Bears' mark of 65.0 (396-of-609) for the top spot.

Defense

  • LB Khalil Mack leads the Bears with 12.5 sacks on the season, which 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 has 49.0 sacks since the start of the 2015 season, tied for third with Denver's Von Miller (49.0) and behind Arizona's Chandler Jones (53.5) and LA Rams' Aaron Donald (50.5).
  • CB Kyle Fuller's seven interceptions were 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.
  • Fuller leads the NFL with 43 PBUs since the start of last season, one ahead of Detroit's Darius Slay (42). Fuller had 22 last season and an NFL-best 21 this year.
  • DB Eddie Jackson has the most defensive TDs (5) in the NFL since the start of the 2015 season.
  • Jackson's five defensive touchdowns since the start of 2017 tie for the most all-time by a player in his first two NFL seasons, matching Erik McMillan's five TDs from 1988-89 with the New York Jets.
  • DT Akiem Hicks is second on the Bears with 7.5 sacks this season and leads the Bears with 12 TFL to go along with 16 QBH.
  • Since joining the Bears in 2016, Hicks is tied for third with Pittsburgh's Cameron Heyward among NFL defensive tackles with 23.0 sacks, trailing only the Rams Aaron Donald (39.5) and the Bengals Geno Atkins (28.0).
  • LB Roquan Smith finished second all-time among Bears rookies with 122 tackles. The record is 124 set by Brian Urlacher in 2000.
  • Chicago set a franchise record for fewest rushing yards allowed in a 16-game season, allowing just 1,280 yards on the ground this season. The previous record was 1,313 yards in 2001.
  • Chicago's 2018 defense finished the season with 50.0 sacks and 27 interceptions. They are the first defense since the 2006 Baltimore Ravens to accumulate 45+ sacks AND 25+ interceptions in a single season. They are the third Bears defense to achieve these numbers since sacks became an official stat in 1982, joining the 1985 (64 sacks, 34 INTs) and 1986 (62 sacks, 31 INTs) teams.
  • Chicago has 15 different players with at least 1.0 full sack, tied for the second most in the NFL behind Green Bay with 16.
  • Chicago recorded 27 INTs this season, compared to only 22 TD passed allowed. 
  • Chicago had 11 different players with at least one interception this season, the most in the NFL: (Fuller/7, Jackson/6, Amukamara/3, Callahan/2, Amos/2, Trevathan/2, Mack, Lynch, Floyd, Smith and McManis).
  • The Bears are 12-0 this season when holding opponents under 24 points and are 0-4 when allowing 24 or more.

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