Justin Fields Sets Chicago Bears Record By Completing 16 Straight Passes, Has First 300-Yard Game vs. Denver Broncos

By Dan Hope on October 1, 2023 at 2:40 pm
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No Chicago Bears quarterback has ever completed more passes in a row than Justin Fields did against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Fields completed his first 16 consecutive passes of the game, good for 231 yards and three touchdowns, to break the Bears’ franchise record for consecutive pass completions.

The Bears’ previous record for consecutive pass completions was held by Shane Matthews, who completed 15 straight passes against the New England Patriots in 2000.

With his 231 first-half yards, Fields threw for more yards in the first two quarters against the Denver Broncos than he did in any of his first three full games of the season. Going into Sunday, Fields’ season-high for passing yards was 216 yards against the Green Bay Packers in Week 1; he had thrown only three touchdown passes for the season before throwing three in the first half on Sunday.

Fields followed that up by completing his first seven passes of the second half for 54 combined yards on the Bears’ first drive of the third quarter, capping off that drive with his fourth touchdown pass of the day to extend the Bears’ lead to 28-7.

Things went south from there, however, as the Broncos would score 24 unanswered points to win the game 31-28. Former Ohio State defensive end Jonathon Cooper recovered a fumble by Fields and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown to tie the game, and the Broncos sealed a victory when Kareem Jackson picked off Fields in the final minute of the game.

Despite the sour ending, it was the most prolific passing performance of Fields’ NFL career as he finished with 28 completions on 35 attempts for a career-high 335 yards in his first 300-yard passing game as a pro. The former Ohio State quarterback’s NFL career-high for passing yards entering Sunday was 291 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers as a rookie in 2021.

C.J. Stroud also topped 300 yards on Sunday, completing 16 of 30 passing attempts for 306 yards and two touchdowns in the Houston Texans’ 30-6 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Together, Stroud and Fields became the first duo of quarterbacks from Ohio State to both throw for 300 yards in the same day of NFL football.

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