Cornerback Charles Tillman became the Bears’ all-time leader in defensive touchdowns when he returned a pick for a score in Jacksonville over the weekend.
Now he’s the NFC defensive player of the week. Tillman picked up the honor for the second time in his career, but the first time in quite a while. His previous honor came after Week Eight of the 2005 season when Tillman returned an interception for a touchdown to beat the Lions in overtime. His pick wasn’t quite as dramatic this time, but it did give the Bears their first touchdown of the day and touched off a scoring explosion that took the score from 6-3 before Tillman’s score to a 41-3 final.
Tillman made another piece of history on Sunday as well. He returned an interception for a touchdown for the second straight week, making him and Lance Briggs the only teammates to both have interception returns for touchdown in consecutive weeks.
Briggs was under consideration for the honor this week, as were Seahawks rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin and Rams defensive end Robert Quinn. Irvin had two sacks and a forced fumble and Quinn sacked Kevin Kolb three times while also forcing a fumble.