Number Two: Big time plays by Eddie Jackson and Kyle Fuller
Big time players make big-time plays in big games.
Those big-time players in the Bears secondary certainly made big plays in Thursday’s game, coming up with big interceptions to clinch the win late in the game.
With a little over six minutes remaining in the game, Jackson instantly turned a Matthew Stafford throw in a tied game into a huge pick-six, giving the Bears the lead.
Jackson’s interception was his fourth of the season, and his second returned for a touchdown. Jackson’s last pick-six came just four days earlier, as his fourth-quarterer pick-six sealed the Bears Sunday Night Win over the Vikings.
With just a minute remaining, Kyle Fuller came up with a huge pick of his own. Fuller went from a defender to a receiver on a Stafford third down throw, making a game-sealing pick in the end zone.
Fuller’s interception is his fifth of the season, good for tied for first in the NFL. Fuller continues to play up to his big extension in the offseason, making his case for a Pro Bowl selection.
Fuller has come a long way since his big dropped interception against the Green Bay Packers in Week One. Fuller went from being a complete liability in the secondary to a premier playmaker, essentially redeeming himself from his potential game-sealing dropped interception in week one with a true game-sealer ten weeks later.
Last year, Bears fans would’ve been thankful to see Fuller go. One year later, Bears fans are surely thankful for the big playmaking of Jackson and Fuller throughout the season, but especially in Thursday’s win over the Lions.