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Eddie Jackson Makes History as Bears Beat Panthers

Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson had himself a day on Sunday, and his performance has landed him in the record books.

During the game, Jackson had a 75-yard fumble return for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers, and for an encore he intercepted Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and returned the ball 76 yards for another touchdown as the Bears won 17-3 at Soldier Field.

Not only was the performance dominant, it was record shattering. According to the Bears’ Public Relations department, Jackson became the first player in NFL history to register multiple 75-yard defensive touchdown returns in the same game.

According to NFL Research, Jackson also became the first Bears player to register two defensive touchdowns in a game since Fred Evans accomplished the feat all the way back in 1948.

Another Bears record was also set thanks to Jackson, as the Bears recorded 75-plus yard defensive touchdowns in consecutive games for the first time in team history. Last week, Adrian Amos picked up a long interception return for a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens.

The record-setting day for Jackson helped the Bears to consecutive victories for the first time since 2015, and it gave them an opportunity to get back to the .500 mark next week when they head down to the Big Easy to take on Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. 

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