Bears make NFL history, overwhelm Jaguars 41-3

Associated Press Published: October 8, 2012
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They have been downright pathetic in three home games this season. They managed 117 yards in the home opener against Houston, 212 last week against Cincinnati and 189 Sunday.

"I can talk up here all night about what we did, but that's not going to cure anything," Gabbert said. "We've got to come out in the second half and play better football. It starts with me. When you throw two Pick 6's in a half, that's awful. I've got to find a way to fix that and get this offense going a little bit."

Gabbert completed 17 of 33 passes for 142 yards, with two interceptions and a lost fumble. The Bears stacked the line of scrimmage, clearly wanting to shut down Jones-Drew. It worked, as Jones-Drew finished with 56 yards on 12 carries.

Following Tillman's score, the Jaguars allowed consecutive touchdown drives after playing stout defense in the first half.

Jay Cutler hooked up with rookie Alshon Jeffery for a 10-yard score on the first play of the fourth quarter and then found Brandon Marshall for a 24-yarder with 8:37 remaining in the game.

Briggs' score came after that, a 36-yard return that made it 34-3.

"The defense put up some points again," said Cutler, who completed 23 of 39 passes for 292 yards. "We're never really out of a game with those guys on defense."

Marshall caught 12 passes for 144 yards. Matt Forte, who has one touchdown this season, ran 22 times for 107 yards.

Few outsiders gave the Jaguars a chance before the game. The only thing that seemingly was in Jacksonville's favor was catching Chicago on a short week. The Bears got home from Dallas early Tuesday and were back on a plane Saturday.

That may have contributed to Chicago's slow start. But it mattered little in the second half — thanks mostly to the interceptions.

"I know they know how important it is to take the ball away," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "There is an emphasis on it. And after a while, you see one guy doing it, you want to join in on that action. It's discouraging to the offense. We normally win when we score one time, and it's probably safe to say we haven't lost when we score a couple times on the defensive side."

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