Via press release from the Bears:
HESTER HAS 62-YARD PUNT RETURN TOUCHDOWN: Chicago Bears WR Devin Hester returned a fourth quarter punt 62-yards for touchdown, to give the Bears a 14-10 lead.
Hester now has 12 kick return touchdowns for his career (eight punt and four kickoff), tied for second most in NFL history with Dante Hall and Eric Metcalf, trailing Brian Mitchell’s 13.
Hester’s eight punt return touchdowns are tied for third most in NFL history with Jack Christiansen, Desmond Howard and Rick Upchurch, trailing Metcalf (10) and Mitchell (nine).
Hester’s 28-yard punt return in the second quarter led to the Bears first touchdown of the contest.
GOULD HITS NINTH CAREER GAME WINNER: Bears K Robbie Gould hit a 19-yard field goal with four seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Bears a 20-17 lead. It was the ninth game-winning field goal of Gould’s career. Seven of those game-winning field goals have come at Soldier Field.
PEPPERS BLOCKS FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT: Bears DE Julius Peppers blocked a 37-yard field goal attempt by Packers K Mason Crosby in the third quarter of Monday night’s contest.
It was the 10th blocked kick of Peppers career. Peppers’ 10 blocked kicks are second in the NFL since the stat became official in 1992, trailing Shaun Rogers.
Since 2004, the Bears have 19 blocked kicks, tops in the NFL.
KNOX FINISHES WITH CAREER-HIGH 94 RECEIVING YARDS: Bears WR Johnny Knox finished Monday night’s contest with a career-high 94 receiving yards on four receptions. Three of Knox’s top-four receiving totals have come against the Green Bay Packers. Knox’s 83 receiving yards versus Green Bay on December 13, 2009 are the third-most in his career and his 82 receiving yards on September 13, 2009 are fourth.
Knox hauled in receptions of 35 and 31 yards tonight, third and tied for fifth longest of his career. His 68-yard reception at Green Bay in the 2009 season opener is his career long.
OLSEN HAULS IN 9-YARD TOUCHDOWN: Chicago TE Greg Olsen hauled in a nine-yard touchdown pass from QB Jay Cutler in the second quarter of Monday night’s contest. It is the third Monday Night Football contest in-a-row that Olsen has caught a touchdown. Olsen now has 17 touchdown receptions in his career, one behind Desmond Clark for second most in Bears franchise history among tight ends.
Dating back to the final two games of the 2009 regular season, Olsen has four touchdown receptions in five contests, second most in the NFL among tight ends, trailing San Diego’s Antonio Gates (six).
PATRICK MANNELLY PLAYS IN 192ND GAME AS A BEAR: Chicago LS Patrick Mannelly played in his 192nd game in a Bears uniform this past Monday versus Green Bay, breaking the record for the most in team history. Mannelly surpassed Steve McMichael (191) for the record.
Mannelly joined Chicago as a sixth-round selection (189th overall) in the 1998 NFL Draft, tied with C Olin Kreutz for the most years of service in the Windy City among active Bears (13 seasons).