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Chicago Bears' special teams makes impact vs. Titans

A blocked punt returned for a touchdown opened the scoring in Chicago's 51-20 dismantling of Tennessee.

Jonathan Daniel

Right off the bat, the Chicago Bears' special teams let it be known who would be dominating the game at LP Field in Nashville. Sherrick McMannis blocked a punt that wasn't even designed for him to block as Corey Wootton explained afterwards.

"Sherrick did a great job coming off the edge and he wasn't even the guy that was supposed to get the block that we planned in practice. He ended up having a great rush and he got his hands on it and I just picked it up and ran.

Wootton was still a beneficiary of the blocked punt though as he was the man who scooped it up and took it back five yards for the Bears' opening touchdown. Return man Devin Hester believes it was because the Titans were trying to kick away from him that allowed the special teams to find a way to get to the punter. Hester would later return a punt 44 yards to set up the Bears' second touchdown, an eight yard run by Matt Forte.

The Bears would continue to dominate the game but not through the offense. Linebacker Brian Urlacher took an interception to pay dirt on the ensuing Titans drive after the Forte score from 46 yards out. The Bears would end the half up 31-5 on the Titans and go on to win 51-20 to notch up their seventh win of the season.