Chicago Bears: Top 5 Bears Games of All Time
The Chicago Bears have had some great moments in their history. From Super Bowls to overtime thrillers, this treasured team has a history unlike any team from any sport, and they have the fans to match it. They bleed blue and orange, attend games in the freezing cold with their shirts off, and still brag about how good their favorite team was back in the 80s. Even Saturday Night Live had a running skit about Bear fans and the stereotypes that went along with them.
This article is for some of the greatest fans of any sport, and they will remember every single one of these games and look upon them with pride, and a slight smile thinking of the new moments to come.
Chicago Bears Beat New Orleans Saints in NFC Championship Game: January 21, 2007
The excitement was unmatched. The intensity was unheard of. The realization hit when long time Chicago Bears play-by-play man Jeff Joniak said, "Bears fans, your dream is a reality. Begin the migration to Miami!" The Chicago Bears were going to the Super Bowl.
This was not supposed to be an easy game for the Bears. The odds were against them, and so were most of the NFL fans. After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the Saints team of 2006 was a story right out of a fairy tale. All they had to do was go into Chicago and beat the Bears in the snow, and they would be playing for a chance to win the Super Bowl in Miami. Little did they know, that was no easy task.
The Bears started off slow, scoring only three points in the first quarter. However, after that, they just exploded. The Bears ended up scoring 39 points that game, and held the Saints high-powered offense led by Drew Brees and Reggie Bush to only 14 points. The Monsters of the Midway showed up in a big way, and sent the Saints back home while they started to pack their bags for their trip to Miami.
Chicago Bears Shut out Green Bay Packers to Open the Season: September 10, 2006
Some people will be up in arms over this one, saying it shouldn't even be on the list. True Bear fans, however, will believe that it should have been No. 1.
The year was 2006. It was the first game of the season, and the Chicago Bears were opening up at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers.
Perhaps the most hated figure in Chicago at the time was none other than Packers quarterback Brett Favre. Favre had torn the Bears up for years and years (his career record against the team at this time was 21-8), but not this time.
The Bears showed up at Lambeau, and boy did they show up big. Quarterback Rex Grossman threw for over 200 yards, and the offense put up 26 points. However, nobody seemed to notice that part.
The biggest part was the defense. The Monsters of the Midway only allowed Green Bay to get one successful third down conversion and tore apart the offense of the Packers as they handed Brett his first career shutout and ended the Packers' streak of 233 games without a shutout (that's good for fourth best in the history of the league).
Brett Favre may have been an icon in Green Bay, and he may have been one of the best quarterbacks the league will ever see. But on this day, Bear fans got to gloat, and Bear Down.
Chicago Bears Come from Behind to Beat the Arizona Cardinals: October 16, 2006
This is a game that was given serious consideration to be No. 1. Every single fan remembers it, whether they were a Bears fan or not. Regardless of who they liked, fans acknowledged and loved the great Chicago Bears comeback of 2006, where the offense of the Bears didn't even score a single point.
Rex Grossman, the quarterback for the Bears, tried everything within his power to give this game away. Literally. Grossman completed 38% of his passes, while throwing 4 interceptions and fumbling the ball twice. But that didn't stop this, well as head coach Lovie Smith put it, "Team of destiny".
The Bears were trailing at halftime 20-0. There was no way they would win after being down by so much at halftime, they had never done it before. However, history does write itself.
The defense had two fumble recoveries for touchdowns, return specialist Devin Hester ran a punt back for a touchdown and kicker Robbie Gould made a field goal to give the team a 24-23 lead, which they never relinquished.
With how Rex Grossman played, and how many points the team was down by at halftime, there was no logical reason for why the Bears should have won this game. But, as Cardinals head coach at the time Dennis Green so delicately put it in his famous rant after the game, the Bears are who we thought they were.
Mike Brown Does It Again for the Chicago Bears: Oct 28 and Nov 4, 2001
This is my personal favorite.
In 2001, the San Francisco 49ers came to Chicago in hopes of beating one of the best teams in the NFC (both teams were 4-1 at the time). It was an epic battle that 4 quarters couldn't take, so it went into overtime. In overtime, the quarterback for the visiting 49ers, Jeff Garcia, threw a pass to a receiver who was hit almost instantly by a Chicago Bears defender. Mike Brown swooped in, caught the pass, and ran it back the other way for 6 points and a victory for Chicago.
The next week, the Browns were in town, and Cleveland, who was led by quarterback Tim Couch, was hungry and looking for a victory. Once again it was an epic battle, and four quarters just wouldn't cut it. For the second time in two games, the Bears went into overtime. Can you guess what happens next?
Couch goes back to pass, the pass is batted at the line, and Brown comes out of nowhere once again, catching the ball and running through the end zone right into the tunnel as the Bears won in overtime for the 2nd straight week, on a Mike Brown interception return for touchdown. You can see the video of the two returns here, but beware: Bears fans will get goosebumps just watching and listening to how crazy the stadium goes.
Chicago Bears Win Super Bowl XX: January 26, 1986
Come on, was there really any debate?
The 1985 Bears were one of the most dominant and bruising teams in the history of the NFL, a team that was one loss against Dan Marino's Miami Dolphins away from going 19-0. Instead, they settled for a crushing 46-10 Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots, to win the Super Bowl.
The team was iconic. Love him or hate him, Jim McMahon was the leader of the team, and he had a firepower underneath him that had him always stirring things up, good or bad (mostly bad). Walter Payton was the iconic running back that worked hard and always did the right thing, oh yeah and he was one of the best running backs the league has ever seen. William "Fridge" Perry was a figure everyone loved on defense, and even on offense when he scored a touchdown in the Super Bowl.
There was never any doubt that the Bears were going to lose. This was a game that went exactly how it was supposed to. And that is why it is the best game in Chicago Bears history. It's what everyone is playing for every season. It's why the fans love the game so much. It is the purest and best thing in all of sports. It's the Vince Lombardi Trophy, and on January 26, 1986, it belonged to the Chicago Bears.