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Chiefs vs Bears - Game 12

Posted Nov 29, 2011

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (4-7)
VS CHICAGO BEARS (7-4)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2011 - 12:00 PM (CENTRAL)
SOLDIER FIELD - CHICAGO, IL

BROADCAST INFORMATION
CBS
CBS (KCTV5 in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Kevin Harlan - Color Commentator: Solomon Wilcots

Chiefs FOX Football Radio Network
KCFX-FM (101.1 FM in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Mitch Holthus Color Commentator: Len Dawson Sideline Reporter: Kendall Gammon

THE MATCH-UP
Kansas City makes its first trip to Chicago on Sunday since the 2007 season. The Chiefs suffered a heart-breaking 13-9 loss vs. Pittsburgh (11/27) on Sunday Night Football in a game that featured big defensive plays throughout the contest. The loss dropped the club’s record to 4-7. This marks Chicago’s third game of a four-game series with AFC West teams.

The Bears have split their two games with the AFC West so far in 2011. The club posted a 31-20 win vs. San Diego (11/20), but lost starting QB Jay Cutler to a hand injury. The next week, Chicago lost 25-20 at Oakland (11/27) as QB Caleb Hanie made his first career start.

The Kansas City defense is permitting 19.5 points per game dating back to Oct. 2. That mark ranks eighth in the AFC and 11th in the NFL. During that eight-game stretch, the Chiefs have only allowed five rushing touchdowns. The club has intercepted 10 passes over that timeframe.

LB Derrick Johnson leads the Chiefs defense with 123 tackles and is on pace for 179 stops, a total that would be the highest single-season mark in team history. LB Tamba Hali has a team-high 7.0 sacks to tie for sixth in the AFC. Over the past two seasons, the Chiefs linebacker has tallied 21.5 sacks. The club has returned two interceptions for touchdowns, including one by CB Brandon Flowers and one by S Kendrick Lewis.

WR Dwayne Bowe leads the club with 55 receptions for 819 yards (14.9 avg.) with four touchdowns. He is on pace for a career-high 1,191 receiving yards. He needs 181 more yards to record his third career 1,000-yard season and his second-consecutive such campaign, becoming only the fourth player in team history to accomplish that feat.

K Ryan Succop has made 15 consecutive fi eld goals, the longest streak in his career. That streak also ties for the fifth-longest in team history. CB Javier Arenas is third in the NFL with a 14.8-yard punt return average.

Kansas City continues its two-game road trip next week when the team travels to New York to play the Jets (12/11). The Chiefs will return home to host Green Bay on Dec. 18. Chicago concludes its four-game AFC West series with a trip to Denver on Dec. 11.

THE SERIES
Chicago leads the all-time regular season series at 6-4 (.600). The two teams have met in the preseason nine times with Kansas City holding a 7-2 (.778) advantage. In the five games played at Soldier Field, the Bears lead the series 4-1 (.800) and have won the last two contests in the Windy City. The Chiefs lone win at Chicago was the fi nal game of the ’90 season. Kansas City posted a 21-10 victory at Chicago (12/29/90) to advance to the playoffs as K Nick Lowery had five field goals.

In Kansas City’s last victory vs. Chicago (12/28/03), RB Priest Holmes recorded a pair of NFL records. In the 31-3 win, he scored his 27th rushing touchdown of the 2003 season. That total was the highest single-season rushing TD total in NFL history and the highest seasonal total in league annals for total touchdowns. The Chiefs posted a 66-24 win in the preseason vs. Chicago (8/23/67), the fi rst contest between the two clubs.

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