“That was definitely in the top two for the loudest crowds I’ve ever been a part of. It’s exciting, we expect more and more of that. The fans had a huge impact on the game, from just being hyped and ready to go into the game. I was so surprised that when the Tigers had a good play during our pre-game warm-ups, the crowd erupted and it wasn’t even half full in the stadium. With all of those false starts from Chicago, they definitely deserve a game ball.
“That long drive (in the first quarter), when I look back on that and watch it on film, I don’t think they did a lot to us. It was more that we did a lot to ourselves, some penalties here and there, they obviously made some good plays. (Matt) Forte had maybe one or two good runs in there, but we realized we were getting a little too close to our end of the field, so we tightened up, took care of business and made some plays where we needed to make them and got ourselves off the field.
“They elected not to go for the field goal, and that’s really kind of a slap in the face to us when they’re in field goal range, so we were like, ‘We’re going to stop you and get the ball back to our offense and you’re not going to get any points,’ that’s what we did.
“It felt good to stop them, especially me being one of those guys that got to be a part of that stop. I think the right side did an excellent job in forcing their offensive linemen back and then Kyle (Vanden Bosch) and Corey (Williams) and I got to get off the ball and tackle Forte from the back. I let my non-verbal actions speak for me, giving my flex to the crowd. That was my excitement.
“Stopping the running game is something that we always pride ourselves on continuing to do. It’s been weird this year, for whatever reason, the majority of the teams that we’ve played through these first five games have been big running teams and that’s what they center around their scheme. I think it’s something they end up playing really well into what we emphasize, and that’s something that we want to shut down and be able to get after the pass. It’s been good and we’ve been able to do that, especially allowing them to break some good runs off in the first half, and then in the second half completely shut them down.
“The 49ers are a very conservative offense, they don’t take very many risks and that’s something that I think is good for us when we shut down what they want to do, which is their run game, and force them into long-yardage situations, get them behind the eight ball and having them have to come back because our offense is putting points on the board and putting points on their defense. That puts them in situations that they don’t want to be in. I think that’s something great for us to have, it’s just a matter of us going out and executing and putting them in those toughsituations.”
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