The Chicago Bears’ offense finally showed up to the party, and their defense celebrated by forcing five turnovers in a win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.
There were a lot of remarkable numbers from the game, including Mitchell Trubisky’s 116.5 QB rating and Khalil Mack’s two sacks and two forced fumbles, but we’re going to get into some other interesting facts and figures in this week’s Stats of the Game.
Taylor Gabriel Joins an Exclusive Bears Club
Before he was forced to leave Monday’s game with a concussion, Gabriel was a lights-out performer, hauling in three touchdown passes in the second quarter of the game alone.
According to ESPN Stats and Info, Gabriel tied a Bears record (at least in the Super Bowl era) for touchdown catches in a half with this three TD grabs.
Oh But Wait, There’s More
ESPN also said that Gabriel was just the third wide receiver to haul in three first-half touchdown catches in a Monday Night Football game, joining Jerry Rice, who accomplished the feat in 1995, and Dwayne Allen, who did it in 2016.
Finally, Gabriel is the 35th player since 1960 to have three touchdowns in the first half of a game, according to the Bears’ PR department.
Mitchell Trubisky’s Efficiency Was Record-Breaking Too
According to Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic, Trubisky’s first half was one for the record books, as he completed 20-of-23 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns.
Monday marked the 89th time since 1960 where a Bears quarterback had attempted at least 20 passes in the first half of a game, and Trubisky’s 87 percent completion percentage was the best such number of all of those performances.
Allen Robinson: The Model of Consistency
According to the Bears’ PR department, Robinson has at least one catch in each of the 59 NFL games that he’s played in his career. He ended up with six catches for 60 yards in this game.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: A Career First
Finally, we look to safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who not only had two interceptions against his former team, but also returned one of them for a touchdown, running back 37 yards for the score.
The pick-six is the first of Clinton-Dix’s career, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.