In the latest episode of Bears Classics: "Divine Dominance," CSN takes a look back at the memorable 2007 NFC Championship Game against the rising New Orleans Saints.
After a disappointing loss in the NFL Divisional Playoffs against Carolina the year prior, the 2006 Bears were determined to prove they were the real deal. Fueled by a standout defense, the blazing speed of a record-setting rookie, along with a quarterback under pressure both on and off the field, the Bears encountered a surging team from the bayou who were focused on bringing pride and happiness to a city that had recently experienced devastation of catastrophic proportions.
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For the Bears and Saints, this game was judgment day…with the winner heading to Miami for Super Bowl XLI.
CSN caught up with former players in this latest installment of Bears Classics.
Check out the entire episode in the videos above and below.
Bears Classics: Divine Dominance - Disrespect heading into NFC title game
Bears Classics: Divine Dominance - Evaluating Reggie Bush and the Saints
Bears Classics: Divine Dominance - Bears win NFC Championship Game
Bears Classics: Divine Dominance - Grossman on NFC title game
Bears Classics: Divine Dominance - Brian Urlacher's performance
Bears Classics: Divine Dominance - Super Bowl XLI heartbreak
Bears Classics: Divine Dominance - A memorable 2006 season
Deiondre' Hall's status with the Bears looks a little murkier this afternoon.
Earlier today, the NFL released a statement announcing that Hall has been suspended one game for violating the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
"Deiondre' Hall has been suspended without pay for the first game of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse," the statement read. "Hall will be eligble to return to the Bears' active roster on Monday, September 10th following the team's September 9th game against the Green Bay Packers. Hall is eligble to participate in all preseason practices and games."
The suspension comes at a time when Hall is fighting for a roster spot:
Hall has played in 10 games (eight in 2016, two in 2017) for the Bears since being drafted by the team in the 4th round of the 2016 draft. Through two years, he's totaled seven tackles, two passes defended and one interception.
Bears head coach Matt Nagy confirmed to reporters on Monday that OLB Leonard Floyd underwent surgery to repair a fracture in his right hand he sustained in the first quarter of Saturday's 24-23 preseason win over the Denver Broncos.
The good news is, the Bears are optimistic that Floyd will be available to play in Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers. The bad news is, he'll likely have to play with a cast on until his injury fully heals.
"I don't think it's going to be healed, I think he's going to have to end up playing through it," Nagy said. "It might require something in regards to having a cast or a club-type deal. There's been evidence of guys that have had that and been productive, so that's what we're hoping."
TE Adam Shaheen, who suffered a right ankle sprain on the first drive of the game, is still being evaluated and it's unclear whether or not he'll be ready by Week 1.
"We're not sure there yet," Nagy said. "We're hoping. We'll probably know more later today after the tests come back."