We have seen many great Bears games over the past decades, and the 2000's brought us some games that Bears fans will never forget. This has truly been a decade that Bears fans will never forget. An NFC Championship, three division titles, comeback games, and even the blowouts have kept us Bears fans on the edge of our seats. Let's take a look back at the five best games of the decade.
Bears 17, Steelers 14
September 20, 2009
After a heartbreaking loss to the Green Bay Packers and a terrible performance by Jay Cutler, the Bears needed to rebound big against the defending champions. Cutler led the Bears to their first win of the season, and earned his first win as a Bear. Robbie Gould hit a 44 yard field goal with :15 seconds left to give the Bears the lead. Cutler played well, and was 9 for 10 on his final two drives including a touchdown.
Bears 33, Jaguars 13
January 6, 2002
The Bears were closing out their magical 2001 season that ended with a division title at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars. This was the first Bears division championship since the 2001 season. The highlight of the game was Keith Traylor intercepting a Mark Brunell pass and going 64 yards. It was fun watching the big man run.
Bears 19, Vikings 16
September 24, 2006
In a early battle for the top spot in the NFC North, Rex Grossman found Rashied Davis in the end zone with 1:51 to play. That gave the Bears a 19-16 lead, after Grossman was picked off for six by Antoine Winfield two drives ago. Tommie Harris forced a Chester Taylor fumble with the Vikings trying to kill clock to give the Bears one last chance and set up the game-winning drive.
Bears 37, 49ers 31 (OT)
October 28, 2001
The Bears came back from a 19 point deficit to stun the 49ers and send the game into overtime. Shane Matthews hit David Terrell on a four yard touchdown pass to tie the game. Then the magic happened. On the very first play of overtime, Mike Brown intercepted Jeff Garcia and took it to the house for the game winning touchdown. Soldier Field was going nuts, and the magical Bears pulled off the unthinkable.
Bears 27, Browns 21 (OT)
November 4, 2001
Just a week after the Mike Brown magic, the Bears found themselves trailing again late in the game. Trailing 21-7 with :28 seconds left, Shane Matthews threw two touchdown passes to send the game into overtime. One was a hail mary pass that was tipped and fell into the hands of James Allen. In overtime, Mike Brown intercepted a Tim Couch pass and took it 16 yards to the house for back-to-back walk off winners. Two miracles had happened at Soldier Filed these two weeks, dubbing this the "Mike Brown Games".
Bears 24, Packers 17
December 25, 2005
The Chicago Bears clinched their first ever NFC North Division Championship, and their first Division Championship since 2001. It was a sweet moment for the number one ranked defense in the NFL, and even more sweet that they clinched against their rival Green Bay Packers, in Green Bay.
Rex Grossman only threw for 166 yards, but was efficant most of the game. The Bears started the scoring early with Grossman finding Mushin Muhammad for a 12 yard touchdown pass. The Bears sealed the game with a Lance Briggs interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter. An overall nice Christmas present for the Bears.
Bears 27, Seahawks 24
January 14, 2007
After the Bears held a 21-14 halftime lead in the NFC Divisional Playoff Round, the Seahawks score 10 unanswered points to take a three point lead. Gould then hit a 41 yard field goal to tie it with 4:21 left in the game.
The Bears got the ball in overtime and Gould kicked a 49 yard field goal to give the Bears the win, and their first trip to the NFC Championship game since 1988. This win was the Bears first playoff win of the decade.
Bears 39, Saints 14
January 21, 2007
The Bears were finally NFC Champions once again, bringing the Halas trophy back home to Chicago. The Bears jumped out to a lead over the Saints, but the Saints rallied and tied the game at 14. It was all Chicago after that. The Bears scored four offensive touchdowns and didnt commit a turnover. Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson both had touchdown runs, and Bernard Berrian had an amazing catch on a pass from Rex Grossman. The defense also scored, forcing a Drew Brees safety.
It's been 21 years since the Bears were Champions of the NFC, and it felt great in Chicago. It was clear the Saints and the rest of the NFC were no match for the Monsters on the Midway.
Bears 24, Cardinals 23
October 16, 2006
Possibly one of the greatest games in NFL history, that ended with one of the greatest post game meltdowns in NFL history. The Bears trailed 23-3 in the third quarter, but staged an incredible comeback to shock the world and beat the Arizona Cardinals. The Bears were heavily favored in the game, but early on the Cardinals played like the favorites.
After the offense only could manage three points and six turnovers, the defense decided to take over the game. Mike Brown scored on a three yard fumble return, followed by a Charles Tillman touchdown on a fumble return. On the play Brian Urlacher, who had 25 tackles, stripped Edgerrian James easily and gave the Bears all the momentum. A Devin Hester punt return in the fourth quarter gave the Bears their first lead in the game. After Neil Rackers missed a game winning field goal, the comeback was complete.
After the game, Arizona coach Denny Green had a meltdown at the press conference claiming "The Bears are who we thought they were, if you want to crown them, then crown their ass."