The vital stat of the night during this 16-0 whitewashing of the Dolphins?
Third down conversion, of course.
The Chicago Bears converted 10 of 18 third down plays. The Dolphins converted one of 11 third down plays.
"On offense, we couldn't get out of our way," coach Tony Sparano said. "On defense, we couldn't get off the field."
This shutout was the first at home for Miami in nine years. The Bears gained only 268 yards and churned only 19 first downs.
"It's a team game. Defense could have won the game. We lost as a team," cornerback Vontae Davis said. "You gotta keep working, man. In this league, anything can happen. We've got to keep working, keep fighting and come together as a team."
The offensive line was a turnstile to the QB for Chicago. The Bears had six sacks. Julius Peppers had three sacks.
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ArmandoSalguero Julius Peppers was credited 3 sacks vs. the Dolphins. He had two sacks in nine previous games. OL was a turnstile tonight.