8 DEGREES AT KICKOFF; -9 WIND CHILL: The temperature at kickoff for Monday night’s Bears versus Cowboys game was eight degrees (F), the fourth coldest temperature at kickoff for the Bears since at least 1963 and the coldest since it was 2 degrees on December 22, 2008 versus Green Bay, which is also the coldest temperature the Bears have played in since at least 1963.
With winds at 14 mph on Monday night, the wind chill was -9, also fourth coldest wind chill for the Bears since at least 1963 and coldest since the 12/22/08 game vs. Green Bay (-13 wind chill). The coldest wind chill on record in a Bears game was -15 versus Green Bay on December 18, 1983.
Robbie Gould SURPASSES 1,000 CAREER POINTS: Bears K Robbie Gould connected on all three ?eld goals and all four extra points in Week 14 versus Dallas for 13 points. He now has 108 on the season and 1,010 for his career, becoming just the second player in franchise history to reach the 1,000-point plateau along with Kevin Butler (1,116).
For his career, Gould has 232 ?eld goals made (270 attempts) and 314 PATs (316 attempts). His 232 ?eld goals made are 11 shy of Butler’s franchise record 243.
Gould is now 24-of-27 on ?eld goal attempts this season. His 88.9 ?eld goal percentage in 2013 is tied for the second-highest total of his career and also tied for the second-highest percentage in franchise history, as he owns the top seven single-season marks.
McCOWN THROWS FOR 300 YARDS IN THIRD STRAIGHT: Bears QB Josh McCown was 27-of-36 passing for 348 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 141.9 passer rating. He also had 16 yards on three carries with an additional touchdown.
McCown is the ?rst QB in Bears history to have 300-yards passing in three-straight contests (352 at STL; 355 at MIN; 348 vs. DAL). It is the ?fth time in Bears history that a quarterback has had at least three 300-yard passing games in a season joining Jay Cutler (3 in 2009), Erik Kramer (3 in 1995) and Billy Wade (4 in 1962 and 3 in 1961).
McCOWN HAS CAREER-HIGH 141.9 PASSER RATING: Bears QB Josh McCown was 27-of-36 passing for 348 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions for a career-high 141.9 passer rating.
His 141.9 passer rating is sixth highest by a Bears quarterback since at least 1960 and highest since Jay Cutler’s 146.2 passer rating versus Philadelphia on November 28, 2010.
McCown’s previous career-high in passer rating was 125.2 vs. Denver on December 2, 2007. McCown now has a 100-plus passer rating in three-straight games (102.4 at STL; 114.9 at MIN; 141.9 vs. DAL). He is the ?rst Bears quarterback to account for at least ?ve touchdowns throwing and rushing in a single-game since Jack Concannon had ?ve (four passing, one rushing) on December 13, 1970 versus Green Bay.
On the season, McCown is 147-of-220 passing for 1,809 yards, 13 touchdowns and one interception for a 109.8 passer rating, third highest in the NFL.
FORTE TOTALS 175 YARDS FROM SCRIMMAGE: Bears RB Matt Forte had 102 rushing yards and 73 receiving yards in Week 14 versus Dallas to total 175 yards from scrimmage, the sixth highest total of his career.
Forte now has 16 career games with at least 150 yards from scrimmage, including two this season (179 at Green Bay, 11/4/13). On the season, Forte has 1,591 yards from scrimmage (1,073 rushing, 518 receiving), third most in the NFL.
FORTE GOES OVER 1,000 YARDS RUSHING: Bears RB Matt Forte had 102 rushing yards on 20 carries (5.1 ypc) in Week 14 versus Dallas.
Forte now has 1,073 rushing yards on the season, his fourth career 1,000-yard rushing season, second most in franchise history (trailing Hall of Famer Walter Payton’s 10), breaking a tie with Neal Anderson (three). Forte also had 1,238 rushing yards in 2008, 1,069 in 2010 and 1,094 in 2012. His 1,073 rushing yards this season are fourth most in the NFL.
FORTE HAS 1,000 YARDS RUSHING, 500 YARDS RECEIVING: Bears RB Matt Forte had 1,073 rushing yards and 518 receiving yards in 2013. He is the ?rst player in franchise history to have two seasons with 1,000 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving. It is just the third such occurrence in franchise history: Forte (2010, 2013) and Hall of Famer Walter Payton (1983).
FORTE BREAKS OWN SINGLE-SEASON MARK FOR RECEPTIONS BY A BEARS RB: Bears RB Matt Forte had seven receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown in Week 14 versus Dallas. On the 2013 he now has 65 receptions for 518 yards and two touchdowns. His 65 receptions break his old mark of 63 in 2008 for most in a single-season by a Bears running back.
His 518 receiving yards are currently ?fth most in franchise single-season history by a running back. Hall of Famer Walter Payton owns the record with 607 receiving yards in 1983.
Marshall GOES OVER 1,000 YARDS RECEIVING: Bears WR Brandon Marshall had 100 receiving yards in Week 14 versus Dallas and now has 1,090 receiving yards on the season.
It is Marshall’s seventh-straight 1,000-yard receiving season, the most among active NFL players. It is his second-straight as a member of the Bears, becoming just the fourth player in franchise history with two 1,000-yard receiving seasons (Marty Booker, 2001 & ‘02; Curtis Conway, 1995 & ‘96 and Harlon Hill, 1954 & ‘56).
MARSHALL HAS 100 YARDS RECEIVING: WR Brandon Marshall had 100 receiving yards in Week 14 versus Dallas, his sixth 100-yard receiving game this season and 13th as a member of the Bears, already fourth most in franchise history, breaking a tie with Curtis Conway. Harlon Hill had 19, Johnny Morris had 15 and Hall of Famer Mike Ditka had 14.
Marshall’s 13 100-yard receiving games since 2012 are second most in the NFL during that span to Calvin Johnson’s 18.
BEARS OFFENSIVE TEAM NOTES: The Chicago Bears had 33 ?rst downs on Monday night versus Dallas, tied for the most in franchise history with the 33 ?rst downs they had versus Green Bay on December 7, 1980. It was just the fourth time in franchise history the Bears did not have a punt in a game and the ?rst time since October 1, 1972 versus Detroit. It was the ?rst time in franchise history the Bears did not have a punt or a turnover in the contest.
The Bears were eight-of-11 on third downs in Week 14 versus Dallas. The 72.7 percent conversion rate was the highest by the Bears offense since at least 1991.
RATLIFF AND ANDERSON RECORD SACKS: Bears DT Jeremiah Ratliff recorded his ?rst sack as a member of the Bears in his second game with the team. It was his ?rst start with the Bears and came against his former team, the Dallas Cowboys. Ratliff spent eight seasons with the Cowboys. He now has 28 career sacks.
Anderson recorded his third sack of the season. His career-high in sacks is 3.5 with the Carolina Panthers in 2010. The three sacks are the most by a Bears linebacker since Brian Urlacher had four in 2010.
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