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2001 Chicago Bears season
Head Coach Dick Jauron
Home Field Soldier Field
Results
Record 13-3
Place 1st NFC Central
Playoff Finish Lost NFC Divisional Playoff
Timeline
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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 narrativeEdit

The Bears surprised most with a breakout campaign in 2001. After they lost their first 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). Then, they went back home and won against the Arizona Cardinals 20-13. Afterwards, they went on the road and shut out the Cincinnati Bengals 24-0. After that, they went home for three games. They won against the San Francisco 49ers (37-31) and the Cleveland Browns (27-21). Both were won in overtime and both had the same end result. In both games, 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) made them bury their win streak at home, with a final score of 20-12. Fortunately, the Bears would win their next three games. First, they won on the road against their former division rival, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-24. Then, they traveled to the Metrodome and swept the Vikings (13-6). Then, when their divisions rival the Detroit Lions came to town, the Bears defended their turf and won 13-10. Unfortunately, the Bears traveled to Lambeau Field and were swept by the Packers 17-7. Fortunately, that would be their last loss of the regular season. The Bears would win their last four games against the Buccaneers at home (27-3), the Washington 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 ended their magical season on a sour note, losing 33-19 to the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs at Soldier Field.

ScheduleEdit

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

StandingsEdit

NFC Central
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Chicago Bears 1330.812338203
Green Bay Packers 1240.750390266
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 970.562324280
Minnesota Vikings 5110.312290390
Detroit Lions 2140.125270424


RosterEdit

Chicago Bears 2001 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

2001 Chicago Bears draft choicesEdit

Round Pick Name Position College
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



Roster Edit

Defensive Starters
[1]


FS
Mike Brown


WLB MLB SLB
Warrick Holdman Brian Urlacher Rosevelt Colvin
SS
Tony Parrish
CB
Walt Harris
Jerry Azumah


DE DT DT DE
Phillip Daniels Keith Traylor Ted Washington Bryan Robinson
CB
R.W. McQuarters
Offensive Starters
[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



ReferencesEdit

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