When you do something that’s never been done before in an NFL game, you’ve done something pretty special.
Eddie Jackson had himself a jaw-dropping day Sunday, returning not one but two Carolina Panthers turnovers 75 yards for touchdowns in the first half of the Bears’ Week 7 contest, the first time ever a defensive player had multiple return touchdowns of 75 yards or more.
The Panthers had little trouble moving the ball downfield on their first possession of the game, but quarterback Cam Newton’s option pitch was fumbled, allowing Jackson to pick it up and dash down the sideline 75 yards for a score.
Then in the second quarter, the Panthers got inside the Bears’35-yard line, only for a Newton pass to be batted up in the air by Prince Amukamara and land in Jackson’s hands. The rookie safety again ran back 75 yards for a Bears touchdown.
And how about this: Jackson's huge performance came a year to the day that his collegiate career ended with a broken leg at Alabama.
One year ago today: Eddie Jackson breaks his leg, ending his college career— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) October 22, 2017
Today: TWO defensive touchdowns for the Bears pic.twitter.com/T4pePQx0to
Some more wild facts from Jackson’s remarkable first half:
The Bears have recorded a defensive TD in back-to-back weeks. They had 2 defensive TD in their previous 50 games combined.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 22, 2017
Chicago has now recorded defensive TD returns 75+ yards in consecutive games for the first time in franchise history. #DaBears— ChiBearsPR (@ChiBearsPR) October 22, 2017
Eddie Jackson is the 1st player to return both a fumble and Int for a TD in the same game since Antonio Cromartie (SD) in 2007 Week 8— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 22, 2017
Eddie Jackson: 1st Bears player with 2 defensive TD in a game since 1948 (Fred Evans)— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) October 22, 2017
Dick Butkus & Mike Singletary combined: 1 career TD
Incredible. And that was just in the first half.