In the latest episode of Bears Classics: "One Giant Leap," CSN takes a look back at the memorable 1977 game against the New York Giants at the Meadowlands that ended a 14-year postseason drought for the Bears.
A Bob Thomas 28-yard field goal with :09 seconds remaining in overtime gave the Bears a 12-9 victory and sent Chicago back to the playoffs for the first time since winning the NFL Championship in 1963.
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CSN caught up with former players and coaches in this latest installment of Bears Classics. Find out why the Bears-Giants rivalry was so big in 1977 in the video above and check out some highlights of the episode in the clips below.
Ex-Bears on the team drafting Walter Payton:
Walter Payton's dominating MVP season:
Why Jack Pardee was the right man to coach the Bears
One Giant Leap: A comeback for the ages
One Giant Leap: Thomas' game-winning field goal
One Giant Leap: From the gridiron to the courtroom
One Giant Leap: Slowing down Csonka
One Giant Leap: Ending the postseason drought
One Giant Leap: Robin Earl comes to the rescue
One Giant Leap: Pardee's departure from the Bears
David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.
Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season.
Listen here or in the embedded player below!
The Bears defense was not its usual self in their overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The pass rush was minimal and tackling looked optional, and Brock Osweiler threw for almost 400 yards.
There was plenty of blame to go around, but a few individual defenders had success while their teammates struggled.
Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks made the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for Week 6 with a 92.2 overall grade.
He recorded seven tackles that resulted in a defensive “stop,” the most of any defensive lineman according to PFF.
Chicago’s next highest-graded player was cornerback Kyle Fuller (78.2), who intercepted Osweiler twice but also missed two tackles.
Offensively, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel led the way with a 76.9 mark. PFF credited four of his five catches coming against Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer in coverage.
Meanwhile, outside linebacker Khalil Mack had the lowest-graded game of his career (47.8), while linebacker Danny Trevathan (29.9) and safety Adrian Amos Jr. (47.5) each had their second-worst games.
Some of the Bears’ best players were at their worst in Miami. They’re going to need to get their act together for the New England Patriots on Sunday.