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Chicago Bears vs Kansas City Chiefs: A look inside the numbers

We'll take a deeper look at the statistics, both individual and team, and also run down the playing time breakdown for the Chicago Bears in their second consecutive comeback victory, this time over the Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 18-17.

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All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL's Game Statistic and Information System.

Where else to start this trip through the Chicago Bears' stats but with Mr. Fourth Quarter himself, Jay Cutler. Overall he was 26 of 45 for 252 yards, with 2 touchdown passes and no interceptions for a 88.4 passer rating. He also had 4 carries for 15 yards. He did have the one fumble in the end zone that K.C. recovered for a TD, and that was all on Jay, but more on that in Sackwatch later this week. He recovered his other fumble himself right before winning the game.

In the 4th quarter alone, Cutler was 11 of 21 for 114 yards, 2 TDs and a 100.1 passer rating. He had 3 carries for 16 yards in the final quarter as well.

On the game winning 8 play 67 yard TD drive, Cutler was 4 of 8 for 43 yards, with that game wining TD to Matt Forte, and a 105.7 passer rating. This was the 16th game winning drive by Cutler in the fourth quarter or overtime as a member of the Bears and the 23rd of his 10 year NFL career.

Cutler played all 78 offensive snaps of the game, along with his 5 starting offensive linemen. Tight end Martellus Bennett was the next busiest offensive Bear with 74 snaps (95%). As the Bears top receiving threat, the Chiefs paid him extra attention, and he was held to 4 catches for 32 yards on a team high 11 targets.

Back up TEs Zach Miller and Khari Lee were each targeted once in their 33 and 4 snaps respectively.

Running back Matt Forte went over 100 yards from scrimmage again with 71 yards rushing on 18 carries, and 38 receiving yards on 5 grabs, including the aforementioned game winning TD. He was thrown to 7 times while playing 88% of the snaps (69/78).

Back up RBs Jacquizz Rodgers (6 plays on O and 16 on special teams) and Jeremy Langford (7 plays on O, 11 on ST) had 2 carries apiece, with Rodgers gaining 3 yards and the rookie Langford "gaining" -2. Langford caught 1 of 2 passes for 14 yards.

Among Chicago's depleted receiving corps, it was Marquess Wilson that led the way with 66 snaps and for the 2nd consecutive week he set a career high in receiving yards. Yesterday against the Chiefs, Wilson caught 6 of the 8 balls thrown his way for 85 yards and a big 4th quarter TD. Josh Bellamy also caught 6 of the 8 passes thrown in his direction for 31 yards. Bellamy played 59 snaps on O and another 12 in the 3rd phase.

Rookie Cameron Meredith played 23 snaps on O and 6 more on ST. He caught all 4 of the passes targeting him for 52 yards. Marc Mariani was targeted 3 times without making a catch. On offense he played 49 snaps and on special teams he played 11. Mariani wasn't able to return any kickoffs, but he had 3 punt returns for 20 yards.

Punter Pat O'Donnell had 5 punts for 235 yards (47.0 avg, 43.6 net). Robbie Gould was 2 for 2 on field goals and he became the Bears all time leader in points scored (LINK).

Long snapper Thomas Gafford, who played with the Chiefs from 2008-2014, hustled down to make a special teams tackle.

Other active special teamers were Chris Prosinski with 25 snaps, Lamin Barrow (1 tackle) with 20 and Demontre Hurst with 20.

Moving onto some team stats...

The Bears led the time of possession battle 33:37 to 26:23. They had more first downs 21 to 16 and they better K.C. in 3rd down conversions 6-14 (43%) to 5-14 (36%). In the 4th quarter the Bears' D held the Chiefs to 1 for 6 on 3rd downs.

After training 17-3 at the half, the Bears outscored K.C. 15-0 in the 2nd half.  Chicago's defense held Chiefs QB Alex Smith to 3 of 10 passing for 44 yards after halftime. In total yards the Bears had 328, while holding the Chiefs to 287.

On defense it was inside linebacker Christian Jones leading the Bears with 6 tackles while playing 53 of 58 snaps (91%). He added a pass defense as well. ILB Shea McClellin left with an injury after 31 snaps, but before exiting he had 5 tackles. The newly signed LaRoy Reynolds filled in for Shea, playing 15 snaps making 3 tackles including one tackle for loss. He also played 22 snaps on special teams.

There were three Bears that played all 58 snaps on D. Rookie safety Adrian Amos (2 tackles), and starting corners Tracy Porter (2 tackles, 1 PD) and Kyle Fuller. Amos and Fuller played 11 and 10 snaps respectively on special teams.

Cornerback Alan Ball, who has been nursing a groin injury, was in on 10 snaps. I would not be surprised to see Porter stick as the starter opposite Fuller. He's been good these last two weeks filling in for Ball. The starting nickle corner was Sherrick McManis and he played 33 snaps.

The other starting safety was rookie Harold Jones-Quartey and he made 4 tackles in his 41 snaps. Newly signed veteran Sherrod Martin filled in for 16 snaps at safety and he played 14 on ST.

Defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff made his season debut by playing 37 snaps (64%). He made 4 tackles with a quarterback hit on D, and another tackle on his 2 ST snaps. The most active D-Lineman was Jarvis Jenkins with 47 snaps.

Rookie Eddie Goldman played 33 snaps making 2 tackles. Mitch Unrein (2 tackles) and Ego Ferguson (1 tackle) played 15 snaps each on defense. Will Sutton was inactive with his arm injuries.

Among the outside linebackers it was Pernell McPhee who made the biggest impact. He played 49 snaps, plus 7 more on special teams, while making 2 tackles, a sack, a TFL, a QBH and a blocked field goal. He also took this great pic.

On the 2015 season, the NFL has McPhee down for 26 total tackles, 3 sacks, 8 QBH, 4 TFL, 1 INT, 1 PD and 1 blocked FG.

And here's a historical nugget about McPhee.

Among the other OLBs, Sam Acho was in for 35 plays on D and another 26 on ST. Defensively he had 5 tackles and a pass defense, and he added 1 ST tackle. Willie Young (20 snaps) and Lamarr Houston (14 snaps) each picked up a sack, with Houston adding 3 tackles, 1 TFL and a QBH, and Young also being credited with 1 tackle, 1 TFL and a QBH.

What stood out from a snap count or statistical stand point about the latest Bears victory?