A lot of people questioned whether Lance Briggs had anything left with the Chicago Bears at age 33. His response in San Francisco provided some answers. Facing the prospect of an 0-2 hole the former Pro Bowler who was notorious for swallowing up ball carriers like foul-tempered vacuum cleaner turned in a vintage performance against the 49ers.
#Bears coaches review of game film: Lance Briggs with team-high 13 tackles. Ryan Mundy, Tim Jennings, Charles Tillman all 8 apiece.
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) September 16, 2014
Affectionately called “Bam Bam” by teammates and Bears radio announce Jeff Joniak, Briggs was all over the field Sunday night. He filled gaps, made good tackles,and most importantly he played with an edge. The energy was higher than anticipated and his leadership on the field was evident by how his defensive teammates followed.
Fellow linebackers Jon Bostic and Shea McClellin turned in their best games of the year as well with seven tackles apiece (McClellin also had a sack). Rookie Kyle Fuller had seven of his own and of course two huge interceptions. The Bears defense allowed just three points in the second half, sacked Colin Kaepernick four times and took the ball away four times.
Lance Briggs may be old, but don’t tell him that. Or, perhaps, do tell him that because he’ll be hell bent on proving everybody wrong in the next Chicago Bears matchup.
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