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Bears fans overwhelm Nashville -- Titans too?

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Boos from Bears fans during highlights of the Green Bay Packers' victory against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday were louder than anything fans of the Tennessee Titans could muster at LP Field.

The Bears dominated on the field in a 51-20 rout of the Titans, and their fans dominated in the stands, accounting for nearly half of the crowd at LP Field.

"Fans make Bears feel at home" read the headline of story in The Tennessean on Monday.

"They've traveled well," Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said afterward. "Hats off to our fans, it's been a fun year -- Dallas, Jacksonville, here, it's been crazy to watch the Bears fans take over."

Local establishment owners -- especially those on Broadway in downtown -- Nashville hotels and taxi drivers all benefited from the show of force from Chicago over the weekend.

But how about the Bears themselves?

The Bears' most dominating victories this season have come in Dallas, Jacksonville and Nashville. They've outscored the Cowboys, Jaguars and Titans 126-41.

If anything, Bears players say they're encouraged by the show of support by their fans, while some opposing players have expressed discouragement afterward.

"You know you have a ton of fans when you're in an away stadium in the red zone and I'm trying to get the crowd to hush up and they're responding," Cutler said. "They got quiet in a hurry, so it makes it fun."

In the Titans' locker room, the mood was very different:

Safety Michael Griffin to The Tennessean: "How in the (heck) did they get so many tickets? Who sold those tickets to them?"

Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks: "It sounded like it was an away game for us. When they played Green Bay Packers' highlights on the screen, we heard (their fans) boo like we were at their stadium."

Tennessee coach Mike Munchak did his best to shrug off what occurred in LP Field. By the third quarter, most of the fans left at the game were wearing blue and orange.

fansnashville.jpg"The Bears have great fans," Munchak said. "They follow them. Just like when we played Pittsburgh, there's a lot of Pittsburgh fans in here that Thursday night game. We expect that they travel well with their team. That's great for them if they have that tradition that their fans want to follow them, not just in Nashville, but everywhere they play. They've got a strong following..

"We need to play better, that's all that we're concerned about in that game. That part, we really didn't pay attention to."

But that's just coach speak after a loss.

The "Let's Go Bears" chants were too loud and numerous to miss.

"I do want to say I apologize to the fans as a team, especially to those who stayed there until the clock hit zeroes," Titans receiver Nate Washington said.

Bears coach Love Smith said he expected a tough game in Nashville, but that "it's always easier when you have that many fans that come out and support you."

"This was another time where we had Soldier Field South down here," Smith said.

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Great job, Chicago Bears fans. This isn't the first time either, as the story alludes to previous away games that felt like Bears home games. With that much support, I think the Chicago Bears should be dubbed America's Team without question. The Cowboys of today certainly haven't been living up to that moniker LOL.

Well? That's me on the front of the paper in my titans gear with my family in their Bears gear! Very fun game, When my family and their team play against our team in Tennessee! sad there's not more Titans fans showed up!! BUT.. Lets not forget when Nashville came to Chicago! And beat the Bears down!!! Haha

Hey, that's my sister Julie, my Mom, and my sister Brenda (left to right)! How awesome is that? They travelled all the way to Nashville for that awesome game and made it into a Chicago newspaper! Too funny! I live in KY and was not at the game, but kept seeing them on TV and now this... the newspaper! Anyway, even living in Kentucky now, I am still a Bears fan. GO BEARS!

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