Major Wright a major pain for Rams

S Major Wright (Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

Bears safety Major Wright's pick-six against St. Louis capped off a strong overall performance by Chicago's defense, a group that has been dominant so far through three games.

Major Wright looked around the locker room, hoping to find the assistant who held his touchdown ball.

"It doesn't happen that often that a defensive guy gets a pick-six," Wright said. "I wanted to be sure I had that ball to take home with me today. Now if I can just find the guy who has it, I'm good to go."

Wright's score came on a 45-yard interception that was tipped into his hands by Tim Jennings.

"Now you'll notice that Tim is right here next to me in this locker room," Wright said, pointing to his right. "So I' m going to be sure to give him at least part of the credit for my touchdown. That's the thing I like most about Tim. On or off the field he has slick moves. You always have to keep an eye on him to see what he is going to do."

The Bears had a 13-6 lead over the Rams at the time of Wright's interception. St. Louis was attempting to drive down the field for a game-tying score in the fourth quarter, yet the pick-six sealed the win for Chicago.

"You better believe we were glad to get that cushion," Wright said. "We definitely didn't want to be going to the end of the game with them breathing down our necks."

Wright was part of an impressive all-around defensive effort by Chicago that held the Rams to just 12 first downs and 160 total yards. The Bears held St. Louis' offense to just 58 total yards in the first half and finished the game with six sacks and two turnovers.

"It was a good total effort by our defense," Wright said. "Today definitely put us where we hoped to be."

The win helps the club get past an ugly loss last week to the Packers and puts them in a tie for the lead in the NFC North. Yet despite the successful afternoon, Wright still couldn't get over his biggest mistake of the day.

"The biggest mistake I made today was promising Tim a dinner on me if he got me the ball and I scored with it," said Wright. "Looks like we'll be going out tonight any place he wants. I'm reaching for my wallet right now."


Beth Gorr has been covering the Bears for the last 12 years and is the author of Bear Memories: The Chicago-Green Bay Rivalry. She is currently working on a second book about early Bears history.

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