Bears' Eddie Jackson Comes Up Big In Big Moment

Jackson's pick-six turned out to be pivotal in a 25-20 win.

Chris Emma
November 19, 2018 - 12:11 am
Bears safety Eddie Jackson (39) returns an interception for a touchdown.

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CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- The electric atmosphere of Soldier Field had calmed, replaced by tension with less than nine minutes left in the fourth quarter Sunday night. The Bears' lead against the Vikings in an NFC North showdown had been trimmed to 14-6, and they were in need of a play.

It was safety Eddie Jackson who would deliver. He intercepted a pass by Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins and returned it 27 yards for a pivotal touchdown in the Bears' eventual 25-20 victory.

"I watched the quarterback's eyes and made a play," Jackson said.

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The Bears improved to 7-3 and stretched their division lead to 1.5 games over the Vikings with the win. A key part of Chicago's success this season has been forcing turnovers, as it now leads the NFL with 27 takeaways, and Jackson has been a central figure in that department. He has three interceptions and two forced fumbles this year.

His big play Sunday night proved crucial as the Vikings responded with 14 points late that weren't enough. For Jackson, it was simply understanding where the football was going. In help over the top, he timed his arrival in front of Vikings receiver Laquon Treadwell and beat him to the football, then dashed down the sidelines for the score.

Jackson then gathered the Bears together for a makeshift symphony celebration. They were thrilled to celebrate with him.

"Eddie Jackson, he's been balling," outside linebacker Khalil Mack said. "That guy's a special player, special talent. Great leader, on and off the field. He's always in the right position to make plays. You see it week in and week out. He's the best safety in the league to me, for sure."

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