MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The Chicago Bears own a 14-2 record over the last three years when they lead at halftime.
So it comes as no surprise the club continued to build on its 6-0 halftime lead with its first touchdown of the night -- a Matt Forte 2-yard run -- and Robbie Gould’s 50-yard field goal as the Bears seized a 16-0 advantage at the end of three quarters.
Forte’s run capped a 13-play drive, spanning 60 yards. More importantly, the Bears siphoned away seven minutes and 26 seconds of the quarter -- nearly half of it -- with a steady dose of the running game led by Forte and augmented by Chester Taylor. The Bears dominated time of possession so thoroughly that by the end of the quarter, the club had maintained possession for nearly 30 minutes (29:50) -- which accounts for nearly half of a 60-minute game -- in just three quarters.
The Bears marched down the field to open the second half, scoring in seven plays off Gould’s third field goal of the night with 11:43 left in the quarter.
By the end of the quarter, Forte had run 19 times for 95 yards and a TD, and appears to be on pace for his first 100-yard performance since Oct. 10 at Carolina. So far, Forte has posted only one 100-yard rushing day all season.