The Chicago Bears and Justin Fields started 2023 with a legendary first quarter performance against the Detroit Lions. In two drives, Fields rushed for 105 yards on five carries, including runs of 31 and 60 yards. His first long carry came on a nifty trick play that had Cole Kmet under center to hand the ball off.
The second came on a tuck and run where Fields nearly outran the entire defense, getting the Bears into the red zone.
The high total had historic implications as well. With Fields’ first long run of the day, he passed Michael Vick (1,039) for the second-most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season. He now trails only Lamar Jackson, who had 1,260 in 2019. Fields also made Bears history as well. According to Bears PR, his 105 rushing yards were the most by any ball carrier in a single quarter since the start of the 1991 season.
There’s still a lot of game to be played, but if Fields keeps up his production, this could be a game that goes down in NFL history. The Bears trail the Lions 10-14 early in the second quarter.