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Although the Chicago Bears did not make the playoffs despite a 10-6 record, their defense played at a high level in 2012. The defensive unit was third in the league in points allowed and fifth in yards allowed.
In a new defensive stat, however, the Bears finished the 2012 regular season as the top-ranked defense. In the Stop Factor rankings, the Bears defense stopped their opponents from scoring on almost 74 percent of their possessions. That number ranked first in the league ahead of the Seattle Seahawks who stopped their opponents’ offense from scoring on 72.4 percent of their possessions.