The 5 Worst Chicago Bears Losses to the Green Bay Packers
For the downtrodden Chicago Bears fan who endured Sunday's 27-17 debacle at the hands of the rival Packers, you have to know that there have been worse losses to Green Bay. The Bears' increasingly inept offense is making Mike Martz's perceived football IQ sink faster than the nation's home values.
Even the tradition of Chicago's "three yards and a cloud of dust" style of play calling has gone by the wayside as the Bears called for only 12 rushes, while only gaining 13 net rushing yards on the day. As maddening as it is to watch Cutler scramble for his life so that he can throw the ball two feet over a wide receiver, Bears fans can take comfort that the Bears at least kept the final score respectable, and it's still early in the season. The Bears have suffered more painful and humiliating losses to the Packers.
2001 Bears Stumble Against Packers Twice En Route to 13-3 Record
The 2001 Bears, led by head coach Dick Jauron, were a precursor to the 2010 NFC North Champion Bears. A frequently sputtering offense, stout defense, seemingly endless good fortune and improbable wins (think back-to-back Mike Brown walk-off interceptions and Brian Urlacher receiving a touchdown pass on a fake field goal attempt against the Redskins).
When you pulled back the curtain, it was smoke and mirrors. The Bears feasted on a soft schedule but came up short when it counted against strong opponents, despite their 13-3 record.
With most sports rivalries, if a team has a poor season, it usually can be salvaged with victories over arch rivals. In 2001, the Bears dropped their two contests against the Packers, accounting for two of their three losses.
Chicago put up a combined 18 points in the two games, while the Brett Favre-led Packers exposed the Bears weaknesses. The Bears frequently put stress on their defense with 3-and-outs, turnovers and failed drives led by quarterbacks Jim Miller and Shane Matthews.
Jauron would go on to a 2-8 record for the Bears against the Packers, ultimately leading to his demise in Chicago.
2010 Bears Lose NFC Championship Game at Home to the Packers
While most would list the Bears 21-14 loss to Green Bay in the 2011 NFC Championship Game as the worst loss to the Packers, most realistic Bears fans and observers probably didn't give the Bears much of a chance before the game.
A historically bad offensive line, which had Jay Cutler on the run and on the ground in 2010, was no match for Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji of the Packers. With an infamous injury suffered during the game, Cutler had to leave the game and was not cleared to play, setting off an offseason's worth of tweets and debates questioning Cutler's toughness and character.
Even with Cutler, the Bears could not accomplish anything on offense. After his injury, the frightening sight of Todd Collins quarterbacking a team gave way to some prevent defense tainted points from Bears third stringer, Caleb Hanie.
Ironically, the Bears played one of their best defensive games against Aaron Rodgers and his offensive juggernaut in the last game of the season, a game the Packers needed to win in order to make it into the playoffs. The Bears put up three points in that game.
Don Majkowski's Miracle Game-Winning Touchdown in the
Before the introduction of coaches' challenges in NFL games, instant replay was used sparingly to decide questionable referee calls. Instituted in 1986, the NFL's use of in-game instant replay was put on the map during the Bears-Packers contest on Nov. 5, 1989.
With an apparent 14-yard touchdown strike from Don Majkowski to Sterling Sharpe, the Packers were about to win the game 14-13 against the stronger Bears, led by coach Mike Ditka. The referee ruled it no touchdown because Majkowski had crossed the line of scrimmage before passing to Sharpe.
Because of the gravity of the play which would decide the outcome of the game, the officials went to the replay. The play was eventually ruled a legal forward pass and Green Bay won.
A rule change would come in the offseason, stating that a passer's feet could not cross the line of scrimmage, as opposed to the ball being the point of judgment for when a quarterback is across the line.
Little solace for Bears fans in 1989, but football karma would reward the Bears in the 2010 season opener when Detroit's Calvin Johnson caught a sure game-winning touchdown after having both feet on the ground with full possession, but the replay booth said he did not retain possession long enough.
Chester Marcol's Blocked Kick Leads to Game-Winning Touchdown over the Bears
Before the Instant Replay game of 1989, there was the Chester Marcol game of 1980. The Bears were on their way to a wild-card berth in the playoffs, but they first had to take part in this slapstick vaudeville routine of a football game.
The Bears and the Packers fought to a 6-6 tie in regulation, with Bob Thomas and Chester Marcol, the placekickers of their respective teams doing the only scoring. That would hold form in overtime, but not in the usual fashion.
After Marcol lined up for his apparent game-winning 25-yard kick, he hit it low and it was blocked by Bears defensive end Alan Page. The blocked ball fell right back into the hands of the bespectacled Marcol, and he ran it in for the easy score, setting off a wild celebration at Lambeau Field.
Born in Poland, Marcol had some personal problems during and after his playing career, but was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1987 on the strength of his memorable touchdown.
Bears Lose to Packers 33-6 on Monday Night Football During Downpour
In what was to be a special night in Chicago football lore, the Bears were set to retire the numbers of Chicago legends Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus on Halloween night 1994 in front of a national audience on "Monday Night Football."
The Packers crashed the party and egged Soldier Field by beating the Bears under treacherous conditions 33-6, on the strength of 223 rushing yards. Brett Favre only managed 82 passing yards and a touchdown, but he wasn't needed as the Bears gifted Green Bay five turnovers during yet another Monday Night meltdown for the Bears. To date, the Bears are 20-34 on Monday night.
The game signaled the beginning of Brett Favre and the Packers' dominance over the Bears for most of the '90s, into the 2000s. It was the first of 10-straight victories for the Packers over the Bears.