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Series History between Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – There also have been 12 all-time meetings in the regular season between the Tennessee Titans and the Chicago Bears franchises. The series is tied 6-6, and the visiting team has won the last five meetings, dating back to 1998.

Most recently, the Titans traveled to Chicago for a Week 12 battle during the 2016 season and escaped with a 27-21 victory. After falling behind 7-0, they scored 27 unanswered points and withstood a furious fourth-quarter rally by the Bears to clinch the win. Quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 15 of 23 passes for 226 yards with two touchdowns and added 46 rushing yards.

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs past Chicago Bears cornerback Tracy Porter (21) during the second quarter at Soldier Field. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs past Chicago Bears cornerback Tracy Porter (21) during the second quarter at Soldier Field. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)

The last time the Bears visited Tennessee was on November 4th, 2012, when they cruised to a 51-20 victory. Their point total remains the most ever scored by a visiting team at Nissan Stadium. In the win, quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Brandon Marshall connected for three touchdown passes.

November 9th, 2008 was the first time the Titans traveled to the Windy City for a regular season game since 1995, and it also marked the Titans’ first appearance at the renovated Soldier Field, which re-opened in 2003 after extensive remodeling. In the game, Titans quarterback Kerry Collins passed for 289 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 21-14 victory. LenDale White provided the game-winning, one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

The two teams engaged in a memorable contest in Nashville on November 14th, 2004. Chicago prevailed in the game 19-17 when defensive end Adewale Ogunleye registered a safety in overtime. Titans tackle Fred Miller recovered a Billy Volek fumble but was tackled in the end zone, resulting at the time in one of two games in NFL history that ended with a safety.

Some of the other matchups in the series were not as hotly contested, in addition to the Bears’ convincing 2012 win. The first ever Bears-Oilers matchup, played October 28th, 1973 in Chicago, was won by the Bears 35-14.

In the following meeting on November 6th, 1977, the Bears were the unfortunate recipients of the second largest victory in Oilers/Titans history, a 47-0 final at the Astrodome.

Most Recent Matchups

2004 Week 10 • Nov. 14, 2004 • BEARS 19 at Titans 17 (OT)
After punting away the first drive of overtime, the Bears win on a safety when Titans quarterback Billy Volek fumbles in the end zone and offensive lineman Fred Miller is tackled while recovering the ball. Chicago fails to score an offensive touchdown but keeps pace with a 45-yard interception return in the second quarter and a 75-yard punt return in the third. Volek goes 27-for-44 for 334 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The Bears force overtime on a 29-yard field goal with 1:59 remaining in regulation.

2008 Week 10 • Nov. 9, 2008 • TITANS 21 at Bears 14
Titans quarterback Kerry Collins leads Tennessee in an aerial attack, completing 30-of-41 passes for 289 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Tight end Bo Scaife and receiver Brandon Jones combine for 160 yards on 18 catches. The Titans defense keeps Chicago contained by forcing eight consecutive punts spanning the second and third quarters. The Titans special teams limit Bears return specialist Devin Hester to a 6.5-yard average on punt returns and block a key field goal in the fourth
quarter.

 


 

2012 Week 9 • Nov. 4, 2012 • BEARS 51 at Titans 20
The Bears score 28 points in the first quarter en route to scoring the most points by an opponent at Nissan Stadium. The Titans turn the ball over on four fumbles and one interception. The Bears score first on a blocked punt for a touchdown. Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall connect three times for touchdowns. The Titans score touchdowns on a 30-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck to Nate Washington and on an 80-yard run by Chris Johnson.

2016 Week 12 • Nov. 27, 2016 • TITANS 27 at Bears 21
After the Bears take a 7-0 lead, the Titans score 27 unanswered points and hold off a late rally. Chicago quarterback Matt Barkley makes his first career start and passes for 316 yards. Marcus Mariota throws two touchdown passes. With less than a minute to play, the Titans defense stops the Bears seven yards from the end zone on four consecutive incompletions. Wesley Woodyard and Da’Norris Searcy record interceptions inside their own 20-yard line.

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