Matt Eberflus

Bears' defense puts up impressive first quarter dominance to end season

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The Chicago Bears’ defense has been strong the entire second half of the season, and their dominance in the first quarter of games is a big part of the reason why.

The Bears have now gone seven consecutive games without allowing a single point in the first quarter of a game after shutting out the Green Bay Packers in the first 15 minutes Sunday.

Anders Carlson had an opportunity to put an end to that streak, but he missed a 41-yard field goal to keep the Bears in front.

The last points the Bears gave up in the first quarter of a game came back in Week 10 when the Carolina Panthers got a punt return touchdown from Ihmir Smith-Marsette at Soldier Field.

The Bears went eight straight games without allowing an offensive touchdown in a first quarter, with Chris Olave of the New Orleans Saints doing the honors in Week 9 with a touchdown catch at the Superdome.

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