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Alshon Jeffery breaks Bears’ 59-year-old record with 218 receiving yards

Updated: November 8, 2013 6:26AM

With 21 seconds left and the Saints backed up to prevent a Hail Mary, a long-standing Bears record was broken by a player in the midst of a breakout season.

Second-year receiver Alshon Jeffery eclipsed a 59-year-old record with a 21-yard catch over the middle on the last play of the Bears’ 26-18 loss at Soldier Field. The catch gave Jeffery 218 receiving yards.

Jeffery, who had a career-best 10 receptions, is the third player in team history to surpass 200 receiving yards in a game, besting Harlon Hill’s previous record of 214 set on Oct. 31, 1954, and Johnny Morris’ 201 yards on Nov. 18, 1962.

“It’s just awesome to see this guy maturing right before our eyes,” wide receiver Brandon Marshall said. “I’ve always said this guy can be one of the best who’s ever done it.

‘‘Alshon is probably going to shatter all the Bears’ records by the time he’s done.”

Jeffery benefitted from the Saints’ concerted effort to eliminate Marshall with double teams. Jeffery consistently beat single coverage to become the Bears’ leading receiver (28 catches, 429 yards) this season.

“We just called the plays against the coverages we were getting,” coach Marc Trestman said.

Jeffery had a 58-yard reception in the fourth quarter on a play usually designed for Marshall.

“He’s making some big plays for us whenever his number gets called,” quarterback Jay Cutler said.

Jeffery said it was his first 200-yard receiving game but shrugged off the extra attention. He has 15 receptions for 325 yards and two touchdowns in the last two games.

“My main concern is not what I did; it’s about what the team did,” Jeffery said.

“We did not get the win, so that’s what I focus on.”


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