Bears find way to lose despite their first penalty-free game since 1995

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears became the 24th team in the last 15 seasons to go an entire game without being penalized, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information.

While the Bears were not whistled for a single infraction Sunday, the victorious Denver Broncos racked up eight penalties for 118 yards.

Prior to Sunday, the New England Patriots played the most recent penalty-free game, against the Houston Texans in Week 13 of the 2013 season.

Interestingly, Chicago is the first team to lose a game without committing a penalty since the Green Bay Packers dropped a home game to the Bears 27-20 in Week 9 of 2013.

That game will forever be remembered for Shea McClellin breaking Aaron Rodgers’ collarbone, and for Bears quarterback Josh McCown’s brilliant performance (272 passing yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions) starting in place of injured Jay Cutler.

The Bears last penalty-free game occurred on Dec. 24, 1995 versus the Philadelphia Eagles.