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Haven't seen these Bears since ... ever

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November 04, 2012|By Jack M Silverstein, @readjack | For RedEye

Midway through the first quarter, back when the Bears had only seven points, our friend Lauren told us she was watching her first NFL game ever. This seemed impossible. After all, she spent her childhood in Minnesota and now resides in Chicago. But she's built up a lot of credibility in the few years I've known her, so I will assume she is telling the truth.

If that is the case, however, she may not have fully appreciated what she witnessed.

This wasn't just a win. It was a work of art. It was a game that rewrites the "The last time …" section in the Bears record book. It wasn't just one or two brilliant occurrences surrounded by steady play; it was a stupefying combination of outrageous achievement.

This game featured a blocked punt returned for a touchdown PLUS a franchise-best 28 first-quarter points PLUS the team's first 50-point game since 1980 PLUS the team's first 50-point road game since 1963 PLUS Brian Urlacher's first pick-six since 2007 PLUS Charles Tillman forcing as many fumbles in one game (four) as he ever previously had in a season PLUS Tillman tying and passing Richard Dent for the Bears' career lead with forced fumbles PLUS Brandon Marshall becoming the first Bears wide receiver in 11 years to catch three TDs in a game.

The Bears scored in every quarter. They won the first quarter 28-2 and won the rest of the game 23-18. They turned a road game into a home game; in the fourth quarter, chants of "let's go bears!" were loud enough to be heard on TV.

The Bears are 7-1, finished the season's second quarter 4-0, posted the team's third 40-point game and achieved a near perfection over the season's first half.

Come to think of it, I'm right there with you, Lauren: I've never seen anything like this either.

Special contributor Jack M Silverstein covers the Bears for RedEye.


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