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Mitch Trubisky’s 6-touchdown day was historic

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Money Mitch became the first Bear ever to toss five TDs in one half, and joined Sid Luckman and Johnny Lujack as the only Bears to throw six TDs in a game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Chicago Bears Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Mitchell Trubisky now stands above all Bears quarterbacks. At least in one category.

In a 48-10 win over the Buccaneers, Trubisky today the first Bears QB ever to toss five touchdown passes in one half. He did so in the first half, and added a sixth touchdown early in the third quarter to become the third Bear ever with six passing touchdowns in a game.

Trubisky’s touchdowns against Tampa Bay:

  • 1st quarter, 39 yards to Trey Burton
  • 1st quarter, 14 yards to Allen Robinson
  • 2nd quarter, 9 yards to Tarik Cohen
  • 2nd quarter, 20 yards to Josh Bellamy
  • 2nd quarter, 3 yards to Taylor Gabriel
  • 3rd quarter, 3 yards to Taylor Gabriel

Trubisky joined Sid Luckman and Johnny Lujack as the only Bears with six passing touchdowns in a game. Luckman holds the franchise record with seven in a 56-7 win over the Giants in 1943.

Lujack threw six in 1949 in a 52-21 win over the Cardinals. He also set the NFL’s single-game passing record that day with 468 yards, eclipsing Sammy Baugh’s mark of 446. Lujack’s 468 remains the franchise record.

These are the only games in which a Bears quarterback tossed six TDs. There are only two other instances in which a Bears QB threw five:

Trubisky entered today’s game with nine career touchdown passes and 10 career interceptions, with only two passing TDs this season. His previous high in a game was the two he had two weeks ago against the Seahawks.

As noted by WCG friend Johnathan Wood, Trubisky’s big day puts him on pace for 3,800 yards and 32 touchdowns. Erik Kramer holds the franchise records in those categories, both set in 1995, with 3,838 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Enjoy the bye week, Bears fans. Things are getting good.

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Jack M Silverstein is Windy City Gridiron’s Bears historian, and author of “How The GOAT Was Built: 6 Life Lessons From the 1996 Chicago Bulls.” He is the proprietor of Chicago sports history Instagram “A Shot on Ehlo.” Say hey at @readjack.