Chicago Bears: The 11 Defining Plays of the 2010 Season

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Chicago Bears: The 11 Defining Plays of the 2010 Season
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2010 was a roller coaster of a year for the Chicago Bears.  The Bears saw great success and heartbreaking failure mark the tides of the Bears final campaign of the aughts decade.  There were more ups than downs, but oh how painful those downs were.

It's extremely difficult to encompass the defining moment of an entire season, especially one that was so varied in emotion, to just a few plays.  But today we're going to do just that.

Narrowing a season down to 11 plays is not an easy task, and some moments that deserve mention inevitably are left on the cutting room floor.  Some examples that deserve honorable mention?

Julius Peppers diving interception of his own deflection against Carolina:  He made this play look so easy, and yet there are few defensive linemen in the league who are athletic enough to have pulled this play off.  

Jay Cutler's go-ahead touchdown to Earl Bennett against Buffalo:  This play marked the turn-around from Chicago's slide that started in Week 4 against the Giants

Chris Harris's game-ending interception against Buffalo:  As much as the previous play rebuilt the confidence of the offense, this play seemed to do the same for the defense. 

B.J. Raji's interception of Caleb Hanie in the NFC Championship Game:  The play that stamped the Bears passport home.

Devin Hester's record breaking return against Minnesota:  This play was ultimately omitted because it more defines Devin and the Bears over the past 5 seasons than it does this particular year.

In all, I narrowed a list of over 40 plays down to these eleven and that list was, itself narrowed down from an even larger one.  

While every direction change and emotion won't be encompassed on this list, what remains are the 11 most defining plays of the 2010 Chicago Bears. 

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