2001 Chicago Bears season

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2001 Chicago Bears season
Head coach Dick Jauron
General manager Jerry Angelo
Owner The McCaskey Family
Home field Soldier Field
Results
Record 13–3
Division place 1st NFC Central
Playoff finish Lost NFC Divisional Playoff
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 2000 2002 >

The 2001 Chicago Bears season was their 82nd regular season and 23rd postseason completed in the National Football League. The club posted a surprising 13–3 record under head coach Dick Jauron en route to an NFC Central title and the number two seed in the NFC. The Bears, led by Jim Miller, seemed like a team of destiny, with five comeback wins during the season, including two straight improbable wins where safety Mike Brown returned an interception for the game-winning touchdown in overtime. However, it was not to be as the Bears were upset at home by the Philadelphia Eagles 33–19 in the NFC Divisional playoffs.

Season narrative[edit]

The Bears surprised most with a breakout campaign in 2001. After losing the opening game of the season to the Super Bowl XXXV Champion Baltimore Ravens 17–6 on the road, the Bears won their next six games, starting with a 17–10 victory against their division rival, the Minnesota Vikings in the Bears' home-opener. They carried their momentum through the Week 3 Bye and won on the road against the Atlanta Falcons (31–3).

The Bears returned home and won against the Arizona Cardinals 20–13. After a road shutout of the Cincinnati Bengals 24–0 the Bears played three home games. The first two games of this stretch were back-to-back overtime wins, first against the San Francisco 49ers (37–31), then against the Cleveland Browns (27–21). Both times safety Mike Brown capped remarkable comebacks (the Bears trailed 28–9 in the third quarter against San Francisco, and 21–7 with seconds remaining against Cleveland) by returning an interception in overtime for a touchdown.

Unfortunately the Green Bay Packers (their historic rival) buried the Bears' win streak at home, 20–12. The Bears rebounded, winning their next three games. They first defeated then-division rival Tampa Bay 27–24. A season sweep of the Vikings (13–6) followed, then the Bears defended their turf against the Detroit Lions 13–10.

The Bears then traveled to Lambeau Field and were swept by the Packers 17–7. Once again the Bears rebounded, winning their last four games, against the Buccaneers at home (27–3), the Redskins (20–15), the Lions on the road (24–0), and then their season-finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars (33–13). The Bears ended the regular season with a 13–3 record.

The Bears entered the playoffs with the league's top defense (allowing a league-low 203 points), an offense ranked 11th in points scored (338 points), and a plus-13 turnover differential (4th in the league), but their magical season ended on a sour note, losing 33–19 to the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs at Soldier Field.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time Attendance
1 September 9, 2001 at Baltimore Ravens L 17–6 FOX 12:00pm
69,365
2 September 23, 2001 Minnesota Vikings W 17–10 FOX 12:00pm
66,944
3 Bye
4 October 7, 2001 at Atlanta Falcons W 31–3 FOX 12:00pm
46,483
5 October 14, 2001 Arizona Cardinals W 20–13 FOX 12:00pm
66,944
6 October 21, 2001 at Cincinnati Bengals W 24–0 FOX 12:00pm
63,408
7 October 28, 2001 San Francisco 49ers W 37–31 FOX 12:00pm
66,944
8 November 4, 2001 Cleveland Browns W 27–21 CBS 3:15pm
66,944
9 November 11, 2001 Green Bay Packers L 20–12 FOX 12:00pm
66,944
10 November 18, 2001 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 27–24 FOX 3:15pm
65,612
11 November 25, 2001 at Minnesota Vikings W 13–6 ESPN 7:30pm
64,214
12 December 2, 2001 Detroit Lions W 13–10 FOX 12:00pm
66,944
13 December 9, 2001 at Green Bay Packers L 17–7 FOX 12:00pm
59,869
14 December 16, 2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 27–3 FOX 12:00pm
66,944
15 December 23, 2001 at Washington Redskins W 20–15 FOX 12:00pm
78,884
16 December 30, 2001 at Detroit Lions W 24–0 FOX 12:00pm
76,067
17 January 6, 2002 Jacksonville Jaguars W 33–13 CBS 12:00pm
66,944

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 3 0 3 0 6
Ravens 0 3 7 7 17


Week 2[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 3 0 7 0 10
Bears 0 0 3 14 17

[1]


Week 4[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 10 0 21 31
Falcons 0 0 0 3 3

[2]


Week 5[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 6 0 7 13
• Bears 3 10 7 0 20
  • Date: October 14
  • Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
  • Game start: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 54°F • Wind 11
  • Referee: Johnny Grier
  • Television network: Fox

[3]


Week 6[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Bears 3 7 7 7 24
Bengals 0 0 0 0 0

[4]


Week 7[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
49ers 14 0 14 0 0 28
• Bears 0 9 7 15 6 37
  • Date: October 28
  • Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
  • Game start: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 40°F • Wind 12
  • Referee: Dick Hantak
  • Television network: Fox

[5]


Week 8[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Browns 7 0 14 0 0 21
• Bears 0 7 0 14 6 27
  • Date: November 4
  • Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
  • Game start: 3:15 p.m.
  • Game weather: 53°F • Wind 8
  • Referee: Gerald Austin
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel

[6]


Week 9[edit]

Week 10[edit]

Week 11[edit]

Week 12[edit]

Week 13[edit]

Week 14[edit]

Week 15[edit]

Week 16[edit]

Week 17[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 0 0 6 7 13
• Bears 3 10 10 10 33

[7]


Standings[edit]

NFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Chicago Bears 13 3 0 .812 338 203
Green Bay Packers 12 4 0 .750 390 266
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 7 0 .562 324 280
Minnesota Vikings 5 11 0 .312 290 390
Detroit Lions 2 14 0 .125 270 424

Roster[edit]

Chicago Bears 2001 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Draft choices[edit]

2001 Chicago Bears draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 8 David Terrell  WR Michigan
2 38 Anthony Thomas  RB Michigan
3 68 Mike Gandy  OL Notre Dame
4 103 Karon Riley  LB Minnesota
5 138 Bernard Robertson  OL Tulane
7 208 John Capel  WR Florida
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Roster[edit]

Defense
[1]




CB
Walt Harris
Jerry Azumah


CB
R.W. McQuarters
Offense
[2]
WR
Marty Booker
LT LG C RG RT
Blake Brockermeyer Rex Tucker Olin Kreutz Chris Villarrial James Williams
TE
Fred Baxter
John Davis
WR
Dez White
David Terrell
QB
Jim Miller
Shane Matthews
RB
Anthony Thomas
James Allen
FB
Daimon Shelton
Special Teams
PK Paul Edinger
P Brad Maynard
KR Autry Denson
PR Leon Johnson



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