12 greatest Bears wins in Soldier Field history
The Chicago Bears franchise celebrated 100 years of football last season but there are a few more notable anniversaries on the horizon.
Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Bears football at Soldier Field. And the columned stadium itself, which opened in 1924, is nearing the century mark.
Let’s take a look back at the 12 greatest Bears wins at Soldier Field:
12. Oct. 28, 2012: Bears 23, Panthers 22
A 19-7 deficit turned into a 20-19 lead in an eight-second span in the fourth quarter. Tim Jennings pick-sixed Cam Newton one play after Jay Cutler’s 12-yard TD to Kellen Davis. Robbie Gould’s walk-off 41-yarder soon followed.
11. Nov. 25, 2007: Bears 37, Broncos 34 (OT)
Devin Hester returned a kickoff and a punt for a TD in the same quarter. Robbie Gould’s 39-yard field goal capped off a wild comeback.
10. Nov. 20, 1977: Bears 10, Vikings 7
Walter Payton, fighting flu-like symptoms, rushed for a then-single game record of 275 yards. It helped catapult the Bears into the postseason for the first time in 14 years.
9. Dec. 16, 2018: Bears 24, Packers 17
Mitch Trubisky passed for 235 yards and two TDs as the Bears clinched the NFC North. They also snapped an eight-game home losing streak to the Pack, eliminating Aaron Rodgers and company from the playoffs in the process.
8. Nov. 13, 1977: Bears 28, Chiefs 27
A 17-0 halftime deficit turned into a thrilling win, thanks to Bob Avellini’s 37-yard TD to Greg Latta with three seconds left. Walter Payton’s show-stopping 18-yard run earlier in the game became one of the highlights of his career.
7. Dec. 9, 2018: Bears 15, Rams 6
The defense lived up to the hype, flexing on Sunday Night Football: four interceptions and a safety against a high flying offense that came in averaging 32 PPG.
6. Jan. 5, 1986: Bears 21, Giants 0
Sure, the lasting image from this game is Sean Landeta’s whiff on a punt which gave Shaun Gayle an easy touchdown. But this was an overall defensive clinic for the Bears. They held the Giants to 32 yards rushing.
5. Nov. 4, 2001: Bears 27, Browns 21 (OT)
The Bears were down 21-7 with 30 seconds left. Then: touchdown, onside kick recovery, Hail Mary touchdown. Incredibly, Mike Brown pulled off a pick-six walkout winner.
4. Oct. 28, 2001: Bears 37, 49ers 31 (OT)
The Bears trailed 28-9 in the third quarter but two Shane Matthews-to-David Terrell touchdowns helped make the game a classic. Mike Brown’s pick-six to seal it made the game legendary.
3. Dec. 31, 1988: Bears 20, Eagles 12.
“The Fog Bowl.” The Bears picked off Randall Cunningham three times but this NFC playoff game is best remembered for the eerie weather phenomenon that crashed the party.
2. Jan. 21, 2007: Bears 39, Saints 14 (NFC Championship).
The Bears forced four turnovers and scored 23 unanswered second half points to put the game away. Lovie Smith and company advanced to Super Bowl XLI.
1. Jan. 12, 1986: Bears 24, Rams 0 (NFC Championship).
Wilber Marshall’s fumble recovery touchdown was the fitting exclamation point that sent the shufflin’ Bears —and one of the most dominant defenses in NFL history— to Super Bowl XX.