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Bears’ Rookie Scores Two Defensive TDs in Win over Panthers

October 22, 2017 • Ben Heck • Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Front Page, Game Recap, NFC, NFC North, NFC South

Chicago’s rookie strong safety Eddie Jackson single-handedly leads the Bears to victory over the Carolina Panthers Sunday afternoon, becoming the first player with two 75+ yard defensive touchdowns in one game.

Jackson, picked in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Alabama, scored the only two touchdowns of the game in Chicago’s 17-3 victory.

His 75-yard fumble return TD came just six minutes into the game and put Chicago ahead of Cam Newton’s Panthers 7-0.

Early in the second quarter, Jackson picked off a Newton pass and returned it 76 yards for a touchdown to extend the lead to 14-0.

Carolina and Chicago exchanged field goals in the second quarter to cap the only scoring of the game.

The win came despite Bears’ rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky completing four of his seven pass attempts for just 107 yards.

Chicago’s defense also sacked Newton five times and picked him off twice, as Jackson finished the game with four tackles and one pass defensed.

It was an impressive defensive effort for Chicago, who improves to 3-4 on the year and drops Carolina to 4-3.

Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

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