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Monday, December 13, 2010
Lost in the aftermath: A few Bears positives

By Michael Wright

Brian Urlacher
Brian Urlacher registered 11 tackles against the Patriots, including nine solo stops.
In the aftermath of a Sunday afternoon filled with negatives, here's a look at three positives coming from the Chicago Bears' 36-7 loss to the New England Patriots:

Brian Urlacher: In addition to leading the Bears with 11 tackles -- including nine solo -- Urlacher registered his fourth sack of the season when he dumped Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for a two-yard loss in the opening quarter. With 41.5 career sacks, Urlacher ranks seventh in team history since 1982, when sacks became an official league statistic. Urlacher needs a half sack to tie Adewale Ogunleye and Trace Armstrong for fifth in franchise annals.

Julius Peppers' streak: Peppers' sack of Brady for an 8-yard loss marked the fourth consecutive game in which Peppers posted a sack. In four games, he's made five sacks, resulting in 38 yards in losses.

Big returns: Devin Hester set up Chicago's touchdown Sunday with a 61-yard kickoff return in the third quarter, while Danieal Manning recorded his fourth kickoff return of 40 yards or more this season. Coming into the contest, Manning had returned 16 kickoffs for 40 yards or more, which ranked as the most in the NFL in that span.

Hester, meanwhile, has returned three kickoffs for 40 yards or more this season and six of that distance in the last three years.