Brian Urlacher's 46-yard interception return for a touchdown marked the Bears' 7th return for a touchdown this season. It's about time Urlacher got in the mix.
"We have been waiting for Brian to step up like that" Bears head coach Lovie Smith said after Sunday's win.
To go along with his interception for a touchdown, Urlacher added a fumble recovery and forced fumble. That's the second time in the middle linebacker's 13-year-career he had an interception, forced fumble and fumble recovery in a single game.
He hasn't done it in 11 years.
Charles Tillman, the game's MVP with 4 forced fumbles, said Urlacher nearly called his INT shot -- a la Babe Ruth.
"He said ‘It would be nice to get a touchdown.’" Tillman said. "I said, ‘Hey, call it, man. The tongue has the power of life and death. Call it, say it, speak it, believe it.’
The Bears defense is scoring at a record pace. Seven interceptions returned for scores extends their single-season team record of 7. The Bears, who have 8-games remaining this season have the NFL record of 9 interceptions -- set by the San Diego Chargers -- in sight.
And Urlacher's 22 career interceptions ties him with the greatest middle linebacker in Bears history Dick Butkus, but trails the franchise mark of 24 set by Doug Buffone.
Published at 2:14 PM CDT on Nov 5, 2012