The Super Bowl was complete circus atmosphere, and the nation craved more as record number of viewers tuned into watch. The Bears would get off to a shaky start falling behind the New England Patriots The Bears were in danger of falling further behind when Walter Payton fumbled in Bears territory, but the Pats were unable to capitalize missing a short Field Goal. The Bears would then not look back scoring the next 46 points in a relentless beating of the AFC Champions. Topping things off the Bears allowed William "The Refrigerator" Perry to score a Touchdown to continue the humiliation of the Patriots.
However, an injury to Quarterback Jim McMahon hurt the offense, what is worse is that injury came via a cheap shot form a Green Bay Packers defender Charles Martin, who threw him down after he raised his arms for a Touchdown. If the Bears were going to repeat they were going to have to do it with Doug Flutie at Quarterback. However, Flutie's inexperience wore on Coach Mike Ditka's patience leading him to even slap the Quarterback across the facemask over an interception.
However, the Bears would not get past the Washington Redskins who stunned in front of a sold out Soldier Field. In a season marred by a month long player's strike that included the use of replacement players for three games the Bears continue to dominate the "Black and Blue Division" winning their fourth straight NFC Central title. However, the year would be rest remembered for an end of an era as the player they called "Sweetness" retired after his 13 season.
In his great career Walter Payton rushed for an all-time career record 16, yards. The Bears would jump out to a lead only to see the Redskins storm back and take a lead late the game.
With time winding down on the Bears season, and Payton's career the Bears need to get into the endzone. On a 4th down play the ball wound up in the hands of Payton who tried to extend he Bears season and his career. However, Sweetness was shoved out of bounds a few years short of the first down marker allowing the Redskins to get the ball and kneel down the rest of the game.
Walter Payton would head to sidelines and would watch the rest of the game through his tears. With Walter Payton retired the Bears do not miss a beat winning their fifth straight division title with a record, also earning home field advantage through out the playoffs in the process. The Bears would emerge from the fog with a The deal came as McMahon fell out of favor with Mike Ditka, and the Bears management over his wild ways. The deal cleared the way for Mike Tomzack to take over the starting job, a job he was used to over the last few season as McMahon regularly missed games due to injury.
However, Tomzack and the Bears would experience frustration as a losing streak saw the Bears fall out of 1st place and into a disappointing season. Coach Mike Ditka would earn legendary status when he comes back to coach just ten days after a midseason heart attack. The Bears would also recover in bouncing back from a season to finish in 1st Place with an record. However, the Bears as the third seed would be forced to play in a wild card game to get to the Divisional Playoffs.
The Bears finish with a strong record, as Mike Ditka earns his th career coaching win. However, the Bears are unable to win the division and make the playoffs as a Wild Card. The season would mark the end of an era in Chicago as Mike Singletary the two Defensive Player of the Year and leader of the Bears defense retires, and Coach Mike Ditka is fired after a disappointing season. The season also sees the Bears play their 1,th franchise game a win against the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field on October 3rd. The Bears put together a season earning a trip to the playoffs as Wild Card.
The Bears put together another season but miss out on the playoffs as the Atlanta Falcons get in thanks to a tiebreaker. The Bears continue to muddle in the middle of the back as they take a step backward finishing in third place with a disappointing record of The Bears stumble out of the gate losing their first seven games on their way to a disappointing season. The only notable accomplishment is that the Bears collect their th franchise win on November 23rd with a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Bears complete another terrible season, which leads to the dismissal of Coach Dave Wannstedt. The resulting fiasco which involved a press conference where no coach was introduced, and the hiring of Dick Jauron leads to the ouster of President Michael McCaskey, and the grandson of George Halas.
McCaskey's firing was at the hands of his mother Virginia, who felt that the team was going in the wrong direction. The Bears continue to struggle under new head coach Dick Jauron completing a season. The season is also marked by sadness as the Bears family loses Walter Payton who dies at the age of 45 on November 1st. The Bears would go on to rename their indoor practice facility in his honor.
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Another awful season is highlighted by the play of Rookie Linebacker Brian Urlacher the Bears first round of pick out of New Mexico. Not much was expected form the Bears going into their final year at Soldier Field before renovation. However, the Bears were a young exciting team built on a strong defense.
After losing their first game the Bears won their next four games and were in first place in the NFC Central. The next two games would become the stuff of legends a furious 4th quarter comeback against the San Francisco 49ers was capped by a Mike Brown interception return for a Touchdown in Overtime. A week later against the Cleveland Browns the Bears trailed by 14 points under two minutes to play a Touchdown and a recovered onside kick set up an incredible game tying Hail Mary which sent the game to Overtime, where Brown repeated his feat of a week earlier to get the Bears to The Bears would only lose two more games the rest of the way, good enough to win their first division title in 12 years with a record, as exciting Running Back Anthony Thomas earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, and Dick Jauron earned coach of the year.
However, the magic ride would end quickly in the playoffs, as the Bears lost to the more experienced Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional Round. With Soldier Field undergoing a major renovation the Bears were forced to play their home games at the University of Illinois in Champaign, which was over miles away from Chicago. The Bears would get off to a solid start by rallying in the 4th Quarter to win their first two games.
However, the Bears would suffer a rash of injuries to every position as the wear and tear of having to travel for each game caught up with them quickly as the Bears endured a frustrating eight game losing streak. The Bears would not recover, as they finished in third place in the NFC North with a terrible record of The Bears season got off to a rough start as they were humiliated in their two first games on the road. Following an early bye week the Bears returned home to Chicago and a brand new version of Soldier Field which had been completely refurbished.
However with it would come more disappointment as they are beaten A week later the Bears would get their first win at new Soldier Field as they rallied with 18 points in the 4th Quarter to stun the Oakland Raiders However the struggles would continue as the Bears lost their next 2 games as starting QB Kordell Stewart is benched.
With Chris Chandler under center the Bears fare slightly better winning 2 straight home games against the Detroit Lions and San Diego Chargers to improve to After 2 straight losses Stewart would return to the field leading the Bears to a comeback win over the Denver Broncos in Week 12, and would look sharp starting the following week in a win over the lowly Arizona Cardinals.
However with an eye to the future the Bears would start rookie Rex Grossman in the final 3 games. Grossman would look sharp leading the Bears to two wins, as the Bears finished with a record by winning four of their last six games overall. However, it would not be enough to save Coach Dick Jauron's job as he replaced by Lovie Smith following the season.
Under new Coach Lovie Smith the season would get off to a disappointing start as the Bears lost at home to the Detroit Lions However, a week later they would rebound with a satisfying win over the Green Bay Packers on the road. In Week 3 the Bears would battle the Minnesota Vikings close all day on the road, but the game would be lost as Quarterback Rex Grossman suffered a season ending knee injury. The Bears began the season with many unanswered questions on offense as Quarterback Rex Grossman started the season on the bench with another injury forcing the Bears to start rookie Kyle Orton.
In Week 1 the offense would manage just seven points spoiling a great day from the defense as they were beaten by the Washington Redskins A week later in their home opener they relied on their running game as Thomas Jones rushed for yards and two Touchdowns, while the defense played big again with a Mike Brown interception return as the Bears slammed the Detroit Lions The Bears offense would sputter the next two weeks as the Bears dropped to However, despite their lackluster offense the defense led by Linebacker Brian Urlacher would begin to resemble the old monsters of the midway as the Bears started winning games on the backs of their defense, which did not allow more than 17 points for the next eight weeks putting up numbers like their great Super Bowl XX Championship Team which was honored all season.
During the regular season the Bears completely shut down the Panthers in a win. However, the Panthers would show early that it would not be as easy this time as Steve Smith scored on a yard Touchdown catch just 55 seconds into the game. The Panthers would eventually take a lead before the Bears finally broke through late in the 2nd Quarter.
However, the usual Bears tough defense looked vulnerable all day as the Panthers made it with a yard Field Goal as the first half ended. The Bears would get with in two points on a one yard Touchdown catch by Desmond Clark, but the Panthers would answer again. The same pattern would repeat in the 4th Quarter as the Bears could not get over the hump, losing With Rex Grossman healthy and ready to go the Bears appeared to have their situation at Quarterback settled as they began the season on a roll winning their first game over the Green Bay Packers on the road. The Bears would dominate again the following week as they hammered the Detroit Lions in their home opener.
After a dominant win over the Buffalo Bills improved them to , the Bears appeared to be heading to their first loss as they trailed the Arizona Cardinals in the 3rd Quarter of a Monday Night Game on the road, as Grossman struggled badly with four interceptions. In the 4th Quarter the Bears defense would strike again, as Charles Tillman returned an Edgerrin James 40 yards with five minutes left to make the score After the Bears defense stopped the Cardinals cold, the Bears special teams gave them a lead as Rookie return man Devin Hester returned a punt yards for a Touchdown as the Bears improved to with a win.
It would be much easier the following week as the Bears jumped out to a halftime lead, and cruised to a win over the San Francisco 49ers. The Bears best start since would come to an end as the Miami Dolphins who came into Chicago with a record stunned the Bears intercepting Rex Grossman three times, returning one for a Touchdown in a win. However, despite their record concerns over Quarterback began to swirl as Rex Grossman continued to struggle in the Bears win over the Jets. A week later in New England the Bears defense was unable to save them from a loss as Grossman was picked off three times in a frustrating loss to the Patriots.
Grossman' struggles continued the following week as the Bears returned home to face the Vikings as he was picked off three times, and had a mere 34 yards passing. Interception return the Bears would win Hester would star again the following week as he returned two kickoff over yards for a Touchdown, setting a rookie record with TD returns, as the Bears went on to finish the season with a record. Despite having the best record in the NFC fans were concerned over the play of Rex Grossman, who ended the season with a mediocre Quarterback rating of In the playoffs the Bears faced off against the Seahawks for the second time, only this time it was not as easy, as the defending NFC Champions gave the Bears all they could handle and more taking a lead to the 4th Quarter.
With their season on the line the Bears needed a clutch yard Field Goal by Robbie Gould to force overtime. After extending the lead to late in the second quarter, the Bears defense was stunned as the Saints marched quickly up the field to cut the lead to at halftime.
However, the Bears defense would take over the rest of the way, forcing a penalty in the endzone that resulted in a safety and gave control of the game back to the Bears. When the game began it started with a bang for the Bears as Devin Hester returned the opening kick 92 yards for a Touchdown.
The rain would play further havoc moments later as Gabe Reid fumbled a squib kick. However, the Bears would quickly recover forcing Manning to fumble on the first play from scrimmage. The Bears then used a big run by Thomas Jones to set up a second Touchdown as they ended the first quarter with a lead. It would be all down hill the rest of the way for the Bears as the Colts took control of the game with ten unaswered points in the 2nd Quarter.
With the rain continuing to fall the Bears offense looked water logged as the Colts extended the lead to Coming off their loss in Super Bowl XLI, the Bears hoped they could improve their offense and continue to step forward, as Cedric Benson was given the starting running back job, after the departure of Thomas Jones to the New York Jets. However, in the opener the offense continued to struggle as the Bears were beaten by the San Diego Chargers In their home opener the Bears offense led by Quarterback Rex Grossman, who was booed by the Soldier Field faithful continued to struggle.
However, thanks to a yard punt return for a touchdown by Devin Hester the Bears were able to beat the Kansas City Chiefs After Grossman played poorly in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys, he would be benched in favor of Brian Griese. However, Griese did not play any better as he was picked off three times in his first start as the Bears were beaten by the Detroit Lions Griese would rebound to win the following game as the Bears defense smothered the Green Bay Packers, forcing five turnovers in a primetime win in Lambeau Field.
However, a week later the defense would struggle as Minnesota Vikings rookie Running Back Adrian Peterson rushed for yards with three touchdowns as the Vikings beat the Bears In danger of slipping to , the Bears lead by Brian Griese drove the field 97 yards to stun the Philadelphia Eagles , on a pass to Mushin Muhammad with nine seconds left. A week later in Soldier Field it would be a different story as Griese was picked off four times as the Bears were stunned by the Lions again Griese continued to struggle the following week against the Oakland Raiders before leaving with a shoulder injury.
Coming off the bench would be Rex Grossman who gave the Bears the lead on a yard bomb to Bernard Berrian as the Bears scored two touchdowns in the final three minutes for a win. Grossman would get the starting job back, as the Bears continued to struggle losing to the Seattle Seahawks The offense continued to struggle and the defense continued to live up to expectations as the Bears hosted the Denver Broncos. However, thanks to Devin Hester the Bears were able to win in overtime , as the Bears return specialist scored a kick off return, and a punt return touchdown, while totaling a record return yards.
Entering December at , the Bears still had an outside chance at the playoffs, but from scrimmage the Bears continued to struggle on both sides of the ball as they dropped three straight games and faded out of the playoff picture. With Kyle Orton getting the starting Quarterback job in the final games of the year the Bears would close the season with two straight wins, as they posted a disappointing record. Coming of a season the Bears hoped they could return to the Super Bowl, as they faced the Indianapolis Colts for the first time since losing the big game 19 months earlier.
However, the Bears suffered disappointing three point losses in their next two games, including a overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their home opener in which they held a lead in the 4th Quarter. In consistency would mark the season for the Bears as they held a record heading into the final month of the season. The Bears would make a late push for the playoffs with three straight wins, winning two straight in overtime, as they entered the final week of the season with the playoffs still in reach.
However, a disappointing loss to the Houston Texans ended the Bears season at Following the season in an attempt to solve the Bears Quarterback issues, the team would trade Kyle Orton along with two first round draft picks to the Denver Broncos for Pro Bowl Quarterback Jay Cutler. The game would be close throughout but it would be the interception that would spoil the night for the Bears, as Cutler was picked off four times in a loss. The loss would prove costly as Brian Urlacher suffered a season ending wrist injury.
Jay Cutler would avoid the big mistake a week later, as the Bears hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers in their home opener. After tying the game on a seven yard pass from Cutler to Johnny Knox, the Bears would win the game thanks to a 44 yard field goal by Robbie Gould with 15 seconds left. The Bears would also win their next two games to enter the bye week with a record of Playing on Sunday Night again after the bye, the Bears often shot themselves in the foot, with three failed trips in the redzone during a loss to the Atlanta Falcons. A week later the Bears would be haunted by an old teammate as Cedric Benson ran for a career high yards, as the Cincinnati Bengals hammered the Chicago Bears The Bears would recover to beat the Cleveland Browns a week later, but the Bears struggles would continue as they lost four straight games and six of their next seven games, while never factoring in the playoff chase.
One of the biggest disappointments was the play of Jay Cutler, whose season was plagued with interceptions, throwing a 26, while collecting 27 touchdown passes. The Bears would close the season with two straight divisional wins highlighted by a overtime win against the Minnesota Vikings as Jay Cutler connected with Devin Aromashodu on a 39 yard touchdown pass to end a Monday Night thriller.
The two wins would not salvage the season as the Bears posted a disappointing record of Coming off a disappointing season, the Bears looked to improve their defense by adding Free Agent Sackmaster Julius Peppers from the Carolina Panthers. However, their offensive line continued to be a weak spot as Quarterback Jay Cutler continued to take a lot of hits and sacks on offense in Coordinator Mike Martz's system.
In the season opener it appeared the Bears were on the way to a disappointing loss at Soldier Field when Calvin Johnson scored a later Touchdown to give the Detroit Lions a lead. However, up on further review the catch in the back of the endzone was ruled incomplete as the Bears escaped with a win. In Week 2, the Bears battled the Dallas Cowboys in a back forth tilt that saw Jay Cutler play one of his best games since joining the Bears, passing for yards with three passes as the Bears stunned the Cowboys The Bears would improve to a week later with a Monday Night win over the rival Green Bay Packers as Robbie Gould kicked a 19 yard field goal with four seconds left in a thrilling win at Soldier Field.
Things would get a tougher a week later as the Bears suffered a loss to the New York Giants at the Meadowlands. Quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a concussion in the game as he was sacked nine times before exiting in the early part of the 3rd Quarter. Despite playing without Jay Cutler, and back up Todd Collins throwing four interceptions, the Bears would rebound to beat the Carolina Panthers , as Matt Forte had a strong game with yards rushing with two touchdowns. The Bears would lose again at home the following week to the Washington Redskins After entering the bye week with a record, the Bears looked to get back on track as they faced the Buffalo Bills in Toronto.
Trailing in the 4th Quarter the Bears would take the lead as Earl Bennett caught a two yard TD pass from Jay Cutler, who then hit Matt Forte for a successful two point attempt to give the Bears a win. The win was just the remedy the Bears needed as they won five straight games, highlighted by a thriller against the Philadelphia Eagles that saw Jay Cutler pass for yards with four touchdowns.
The streak would end with a lackluster loss in the snow at Soldier Field as the New England Patriots spoiled the Bears 25th anniversary party for the Bears. The Bears would rebound to hammer the Minnesota Vikings in a game played at the University of Minnesota, after the roof of the Metrodome collapsed. In the game Devin Hester set a new NFL record with 14 return touchdowns, taking a punt back 64 yards in the 3rd Quarter.
A week later they would clinch a first round bye by beating the New York Jets , as Jay Cutler had another solid game with three touchdown passes. In the season finale the Bears faced the Packers at Lambeau Field, with the chance to knock their rivals out of the playoffs with a win. The game was a defensive struggle as both sides only managed a field goal in the first three quarters.
The Bears would not be able to respond, losing as they finished the season with a solid record of The Seahawks had reached the playoffs despite a record and stunned the defending Champion New Orleans Saints a week earlier. Though the Bears did not need to be reminded the Seahawks were tough, as they lost to them at Soldier Field earlier in the season. Things would be different this time around, as the Bears jumped out to an early lead, highlighted by Gregg Olsen's 58 yard Touchdown reception.
The Bears would eventually grow the lead to in the 3rd Quarter, as Jay Cutler scored two rushing touchdowns. Like their regular season ending game, this game was predicated on defense. However, the Packers managed two touchdowns before halftime. Things looked bleak as the second half began with QB Jay Cutler on the bench with a leg injury. The move seemed to revive the Bears, as Hanie led a Touchdown drive capped by a one yard Chester Taylor run to cut the deficit to After stopping the Packers, the Bears got the ball back only to find themselves down two scores again as B.
Raji deflected and caught a Hanie pass and rumbled 18 yards for a Touchdown. Caleb Hanie would not be deterred as he quickly rebounded and drove the Bears down the field again, connecting with Earl Bennett on a 35 yard Touchdown pass. Down Hanie and the Bears would get one chance to drive down the field after stopping the Packers on offense. After their disappointing loss in the NFC Championship to the rival Green Bay Packers, the Bears found themselves with an unhappy team as the season began.
Fans did not like Quarterback Jay Cutler leaving the title game with an injury. Some fans wanted to see more of Caleb Hanie after he nearly led a historic comeback. The other unhappy camper was Running Back Matt Forte, who wanted a long term guaranteed deal. However, due to new rules after the lockout Forte was unable to holdout, giving the Bears a full team as the season began against the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field.
Things looked good at the start as the Bears won the opener , with Cutler passing for yards and two touchdowns. However, a week later the Bears would take a step back as they lost to the New Orleans Saints on the road , with Jay Cutler being battered for six sacks. The Bears appeared to get within three points in the fourth quarter but a trick play that resulted in an 89 yard punt by Johnny Knox was nullified by a holding call against Corey Graham.
The Bears would bounce back a week later, thanks to a breakout performance from Matt Forte who rushed for yards with a touchdown as the Bears beat the Carolina Panthers Also helping the cause a 69 yard punt return for a touchdown by Devin Hester, which set the all-time record for punts returned for a touchdown. Facing the Detroit Lions in a Monday Night Game at Ford Field, the Bears offense was driven mad by the fired up crown in Detroit as they comitted nine false start penalties and dropped to with a loss.
In the game, the Bears played well in all areas of the game, as Julius Peppers who had a pair of sacks, while Devin Hester returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. Hester also had a 48 yard Touchdown catch from Jay Cutler. The Bears defense would intercept Josh Freeman four times, as Matt Forte rushed for yards with a touchdown. Following the bye week, the Bears would engage in a back a forth battle with the Philadelphia Eagles on the road. Coming home the Bears would get a fourth straight win, as they beat the Lions , while picking off Matthew Stafford four times.
The Bears would take two of those interceptions back for touchdowns as Major Wright and Charles Tillman each had touchdown returns in the third quarter to put the game away. The game also saw Devin Hester return a punt 82 yards for a touchdown and an ugly brawl between the two division rivals. A week later the Bears would improve to with a win over the San Diego Chargers.
However, in the fourth quarter Jay Cutler who had a strong game with passing yards suffered a broken thumb and would be lost for the season. Hanie struggled early in the game, throwing three interceptions. Hanie would recover and was on his way to leading the Bears back, but a critical intentional grounding ended the Bears attempt for a game winning drive. The following week the Bears got more bad injury news as Matt Forte suffered a season ending knee injury.
They would also lose the game of back up quarterbacks against the Kansas City Chiefs , as Tyler Palko' 38 yard pass at the end of the first half ended up in the hands of Dexter McCluster after being batted down by Brian Urlacher and Chris Conte. A week later the Bears would see a lead late against the Denver Broncos on the road in the fourth quarter evaporate, as Marion Barber III accidentally went out of bounds when the Bears were trying to run out the clock.
Barber, would also fumble in overtime as the Broncos charged back to win the game The Bears season would continue its nosedive as they dropped to with a home loss to the Seattle Seahawks. In the game, the Bears would be bitten by the injury bug again, as Wide Receiver Johnny Knox was bent back awkwardly by Anthony Hargrove, trying to recover his own fumble. Knox, who lay on the ground more than ten minutes suffered a broken back and required emergency surgery to stabilize his vertebra. When the injury occurred the Bears had a lead, but after the injury they were outscored However, Aaron Rodgers had five touchdown passes as they Bears dropped their fifth starting and lost in Lambeau Field The Bears would get more bad injury news in their final game of the season as Brian Urlacher suffered a knee injury.
However, the Bears would manage to win the game against the Vikings to finish the season with a record of The season started well for the Bears, as they beat the Indianapolis Colts , as the Bears defense intercepted Rookie Quarterback Andrew Luck three times. Four days later it was Bears single caller Jay Cutler that had problems with interceptions as he was picked off four times, during a Thursday Night loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
Looking to bounce back the Bears defense put up a big effort against the St. Louis Rams, as they sacked Sam Bradford six times, while Major Wright sealed the win with a 45 yard interception return for a Touchdown. A week later on Monday Night Football the Bears defense picked off Tony Romo five times, with Charles Tillman returning an interception 25 yards for a touchdown and Lance Briggs returning another 74 yards as the Bears crushed the Dallas Cowboys A week later Tillman and Briggs would return Interceptions for touchdowns again as the Bears improved to with a humiliation of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Back home and on Monday Night Football a week later, the Bears came 36 seconds away from a shutout before the Detroit Lions finally found the endzone, as the Bears won again Things would be much tougher the following week as the Carolina Panthers held a lead at the end of the 3rd Quarter. However, the game changed with seven minutes left, as the Bears scored two touchdowns as Jay Cutler hocked up with Kellen Davis after taking advantage of a poor punt from Brad Nortman. On the next play from scrimmage the Bears got another pick-6 as Tim Jennings returned an interception 25 yards for a Touchdown to give the Bears a lead.
The Bears attempt to build a three point lead would fail, as Cutler had his two point attempt picked off in the endzone. However, for tenth time in three years Robbie Gould would win the game as time expired hitting a 41 yard Field Goal. A week later the Bears would not a comeback, as they jumped out to a lead over the Tennessee Titans and did not look back, winning the game Once again, the Bears got a score on defense as Corey Wootton scored from five yards out after herrick McManis blocked Brett Kern's punt, while Brian Urlacher had a 46 yard interception return for a TD.
With a record of the Bears hosted the Houston Texans in a highly anticipated Sunday Night showdown. With Jason Campbell playing the rest of the game they could not get their offense on track as they lost the game Facing the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night a week later Campbell struggled again as the Bears had no answers for Colin Kaerpernick who was making his first start and led the Niners win.
Cutler would return the following week and guide the Bears to a win over the Minnesota Vikings. The Bears would suffer another setback the following week as they lost to the Seattle Seahawks in overtime Brian Urlacher who forced a fumble early in the game suffered a season ending hamstring injury. Without their defensive leader, the Bears would lose their next two games to the Vikings and Packers, as their once assured playoff spot became tenuous at best.
The Bears would close the season with road wins over the Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions to finish the season with a record of However, it was not good enough for the postseason as divisional losses cost them in the tiebreaker with the Vikings.
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The end of the season would also be the end for Coach Lovie Smith, while Brian Urlacher would end up retiring after being unable to land a new contract. The Bears also said good bye to Brian Urlacher, who retired after being unable to secure a new contract. Opening the season against the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field, the Bears found themselves behind in the third quarter, when Matt Forte began to bring them back with a one yard touchdown plunge.
As the Bears defense stiffened, Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall completed the comeback with a 19 yard score to win the game The big play was the key in Week 2, as the Bears scored a dramatic win over the Minnesota Vikings. The first half would see the game see-saw back and forth, as the Bears went into the locker with a lead as a 34 yard touchdown catch by Brandon Marshall and 44 yard interception return by Tim Jennings provided counter balance to a yard kick return by Cordarrelle Patterson and a 61 yard fumble scoop and return by Brian Robison.
The Bears offense would get bogged down in the second half as Blair Walsh kicked three Field Goals to give the Vikings a lead. With time running down Jay Cutler connected with Martellus Bennett on a 16 yard pass in the endzone to deliver a dramatic win before a delirious Soldier Field. In a Sunday Night road game, the Bears would not need fourth quarter miracles, as they mauled the Pittsburgh Steelers The Bears would get two defensive touchdowns as Major Wright returned an interception 38 yards in the second quarter, while Julius Peppers closed the scoring with a 40 yard fumble return.
However, the Bears perfect start would come to an end in Week 4, as they suffered a loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. The Bears had no answers for Reggie Bush, who rushed for yards on 18 carriers, scoring a touchdown as part of a 27 point explosion in the second quarter. The Bears would suffer a second straight loss in their return home, as they again had trouble against a strong offense, losing to the New Orleans Saints , the loss came despite Alshon Jeffrey setting a team record for receiving yards with The Bears would get back on track four days later as Tim Jennings picked off Eli Manning on the third play from scrimmage.
The game marked the first time in team history that the Bears have allowed 21 points or more in their first seven games, and the first time since The Packers offense did not take on the same rhythm without Rodgers, while Bears backup Josh McCown starting for Cutler was sharp passing for yards, while Matt Forte also had a big night rushing for yards to lead the way to a win. Jay Cutler would return the following week as the Bears hosted the Lions in Week However, he would not finish the game re-aggravating his groin pull in the third quarter.
Trailing the Bears attempted another fourth quarter comeback, as Josh McCown connected with Brandon Marshall with 40 seconds left but the game tying two point attempt failed allowing the Lions to win Early on it looked bleak for the Bears who trailed when the game was suspended due to a Tornado warning. After a nearly two hour delay the game resumed and the Bears began their comeback, eventually taking the lead on a 14 yard screen pass to Matt Forte.
The Ravens would drive the ball to the Bears goalline with time winding down, but managed just a 21 yard Field Goal by Justin Tucker with three seconds left. In overtime, the Bears would win the game on a 38 yard kick by Robbie Gould, after the Ravens were unable to score on the first possession. However, following disappointing losses on the road against the St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings had the Bears threading water at as the season entered the stretch drive.
On a Monday Night in which the team retired Mike Ditka's 89 jersey, the Bears had perhaps their most complete game of the season slamming the Dallas Cowboys Josh McCown was outstanding, passing for yards with four touchdowns, adding a seven yard TD run in the second quarter. Coach Marc Trestman was heavily criticized for the move as the Bears became embroiled in a quarterback controversy. The move looked even worse as Cutler struggled early, having an interception returned 44 yards by a touchdown by Tashaun Gipson. However, Cutler would combine with Brandon Marshall to even the score just before halftime.
In the second half Jay Cutler was much sharper completing a 45 yard TD pass to Alshon Jeffrey as the Bears rallied to win the game With the win, the Bears moved into first place in the NFC North, they would have a chance to clinch the division the following week. However in a Sunday Night Game against the Philadelphia Eagles the Bears defense did not show up as they were embarrassed Despite the loss the Bears still had a chance to make the playoffs as division champions as they hosted the Packers with the winner going to the playoffs and the loser going home. Aaron Rodger returned to the Packers after missing seven weeks.
The game would go back and forth, with Matt Forte leading the way with three touchdowns and yards rushing. The Packers would quickly answered with an Eddie Lacy run, as the Bears clung to a one point lead. With 48 seconds left the Packers faced 4th and seven from the Bears 48 yard line. Looking to rattle Rodgers the Bears blitzed, but Rodgers escaped and round a wide-open Randall Cobb to give the Packers a With Soldier Field stunned into silence, the Bears would get the ball to midfield, but Jay Cutler was picked off by Sam Shields to end the game and the season, as the Bears had another disappointing finish.
Coming off a mediocre season, the Chicago Bears looked for signs of improvement in Marc Trestman's second season as coach. The season would not start well for the Bears, as they lost in Week 1 for the first time since , falling in overtime at Soldier Field to the Buffalo Bills Helping to hurt the Bears all game was poor tackling and turnovers, as Jay Cutler was intercepted twice. Things did not look better a week later, as the Bears trailed the San Francisco 49ers entering the fourth quarter in the first game at Levi's Stadium.
However, in the fourth quarter after struggling all game the Bears turned things in the favor with two touchdowns in 21 seconds. The first came on a one handed catch by Brandon Marshall in the end zone, culminating a 13 play 80 yard scoring drive. The next score was set up by an interception by Kyle Fuller who pulled the ball away from Michael Crabtree, and set up Jay Cutler who gave the Bears the lead with a pass to Martellus Bennett. The Bears would intercept Colin Kaepernick a total of three times, adding another score to Marshall to win the game , on a night in which they were outplayed badly for three quarters.
A week later the Bears got off to a quick start at the Meadowlands against the New York Jets, as Ryan Mundy gave them a quick lead with a 45 yard interception return 32 seconds into the game. The Chicago Tribune also failed to mention in its two-paragraph story about the Packers-Bears battle in its Sept.
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The Tribune never included the game in its weekly standings, either. So did the Bears, in their media guide. In , they listed the Packers game as their only loss in their season and, instead, marked their Oct. In fact, the Bears included the Sept. In the end, however, it was the Bears, not the Packers, who came out the biggest losers in the record book that year.
When the final standings were published, following the final round of games on Nov. The Bears won, , and Chicago newspapers hailed the Bears as champions. As for the Packers, other than losing a win over the Bears, our biggest dilemma is how to historically treat the Sept.
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When the Packers celebrated their 50th anniversary, the Green Bay Packers Yearbook included the victory over the Bears as one of the 10 greatest in franchise history. Now vote on your favorite! Thursday, Dec 15, Cliff Christl Packers team historian. Could the owners have agreed at some point to make an exception for that game? But, clearly, in my recent research, I found much more evidence to show the change was merited. Interestingly, the Packers seemed to have been in agreement at the time.