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CSN looks back at the victory that sent Bears back to the Super Bowl for the first time in 21 years

CSN looks back at the victory that sent Bears back to the Super Bowl for the first time in 21 years

'Bears Classics’ presented by Knauz Automotive Group to debut Wednesday, January 27 at 7:00 PM CT -- Exclusively on Comcast SportsNet 

Narrated by Chicago Bears/Pro Football Hall of Fame legend DICK BUTKUS

Chicago, IL (January 21, 2016) – Comcast SportsNet and the Chicago Bears will debut a brand new installment of its partnered Bears Classics presented by Knauz Automotive Group Emmy-winning documentary series when the network will once again go back in time to highlight a momentous victory in team history, one that sent the Bears back to the Super Bowl for the first time in over two decades.     

Debuting Wednesday, January 27 at 7:00 PM CT exclusively on Comcast SportsNet, Bears Classics will turn back the clock to January 21, 2007, the date of the 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.  For the Bears and Saints, this game was judgment day…with the winner heading to Miami for Super Bowl XLI. 

This hour-long installment of Bears Classics, subtitled Divine Dominance, takes an in-depth look at this critical game in Bears history featuring candid interviews with Bears players and coaches, along with those who covered this massively-hyped battle. 

This edition of CSN’s Emmy-winning Bears Classics documentary series will once again be narrated by Chicago Bears legend/Pro Football Hall of Famer Dick Butkus.  Butkus played for the Bears from 1965-1973 and is credited for redefining the middle linebacker position.  He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.  Comcast SportsNet’s Sarah Lauch is the Executive Producer of Bears Classics, Willie Parker is the Producer, and Kevin Cross is the network’s Senior Director of News & Original Content.

In addition to the documentary narration by Butkus, among the numerous players/media/execs interviewed in this edition of Bears Classics include exclusive interviews with the following individuals:

REX GROSSMAN

Bears Quarterback (2003-08)

LANCE BRIGGS

Bears Linebacker (2003-14)

TOMMIE HARRIS

Bears Defensive Tackle (2004-10)

ADEWALE OGUNLEYE

Bears Defensive End (2004-09)

THOMAS JONES

Bears Running Back (2004-06)

BERNARD BERRIAN

Bears Wide Receiver (2004-07)

ISRAEL IDONIJE

Bears Defensive Tackle (2004-12)

ROBBIE GOULD

Bears Kicker (2005-present)

Please note the following quotes from Comcast SportsNet’s premiere airing of Bears Classics: Divine Dominance, debuting Wednesday, January 27 at 7:00 PM CT:

REX GROSSMAN (on being ready for the NFC Championship Game): "I felt more alive that day than I ever have in my life.  Just all my senses were awake and I was ready to go…intense."

LANCE BRIGGS (on 2006 Bears head coach Lovie Smith): "He always reminded us of how good of a team we are...his expectation for us was a lot higher than anybody else’s."

TOMMIE HARRIS (on his appreciation of playing defensive line for the Bears): "I often wish we threw interceptions just to get back out there sometimes.  That's how much I wanted to display what I loved doing."

ADEWALE OGUNLEYE (on Saints running back Reggie Bush scoring a touchdown, while also taunting Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher): "That p****d me off.  You know like you had a great run, but then for you to turn around and taunt somebody?  You just have to show more class than that."

THOMAS JONES (on the feeling of clinching a Super Bowl berth): "I wish I could go back there sometimes...to know that you're going to the Super Bowl…I don't know if there's a better feeling."

Comcast SportsNet will also re-air this episode of Bears Classics on Mon, Feb. 8 at 9pm and on Tue, Feb. 23 at 7pm.  In addition, fans can also get interactive prior and during every airing of Bears Classics with their thoughts, memories and comments by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #BearsClassics.  Plus, CSNChicago.com will provide additional, online exclusive interviews and commentary write-ups from a variety of Comcast SportsNet on-air talent members and from CSNChicago.com’s Bears “Insider” John ‘Moon’ Mullin.

Bears still have much to prove after disappointing loss to Patriots

Bears still have much to prove after disappointing loss to Patriots


 Beating the, arguably, best coach and quarterback pairing in NFL history is a difficult enough task. Trying to do it while allowing two touchdowns on special teams? Good luck. 
 
The Bears will leave Soldier Field frustrated with their 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday for a number of reasons, but top of the list will be Cordarrelle Patterson’s 95-yard kickoff return score and a blocked Pat O’Donnell punt that was raced into the end zone by Kyle Van Noy. A special teams unit that had been solid all year — and forced a fumble on a Patterson kickoff return in the first quarter Sunday — suddenly became a disaster, allowing an uncharacteristically undisciplined Patriots side back into the game, and then ahead in it. 
 
Add in an inaccurate game from Mitch Trubisky — who completed 26 of 50 passes for 333 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions — and an uneventful afternoon for Khalil Mack and the pass rush, and the Bears had to scratch and claw to hang with New England. 
 
Interestingly, after all week hearing from Bears coaches and players about how they couldn’t let the Patriots take them out of their own game, it felt like Bill Belichick and Tom Brady did exactly that. Mack frequently dropped into coverage — but so did Leonard Floyd, so maybe it wasn’t all about Mack’s injured ankle. While Brady frequently got the ball out quick, when he didn’t he was rarely pressured. 
 
And on offense, Taylor Gabriel had the same number of targets (one) as offensive lineman Bradley Sowell until midway through the fourth quarter. Trubisky dazzled with his legs, covering over 70 yards on an eight-yard touchdown run and dancing his way to a 39-yard scramble that set up a touchdown in the third quarter. 
 
But Trubisky’s struggles were clear, with the second-year quarterback throwing two ill-advised passes that should’ve been picked off in the end zone and then underthrowing Anthony Miller in the fourth quarter, allowing Patriots safety Jonathan Jones to make a tremendous interception. New England drove 96 yards after that pick into the end zone, with Brady taking apart a defense that missed two tackles on a 55-yarder to Josh Gordon, extinguishing any hope the Bears had of a comeback.
 
While Trubisky did lead a scoring drive after Adrian Amos assisted Kyle Fuller for an interception, cutting the deficit to seven. And Trubisky nearly pulled off a miracle with a Hail Mary to Kevin White, which was completed just shy of the end zone. 
 
The loss dropped the Bears to 3-3 and heaps plenty of pressure on Matt Nagy’s side to win seemingly-winnable games in the next three weeks: At home against the New York Jets, on the road against the Buffalo Bills and at home against the Detroit Lions. But then again: When the Jets come to town next weekend, it’ll have been nearly a month since the Bears’ last win. How the Bears fare over these next three games will be a clear window into if this team is a legitimate contender or one that faded after a strong start. 

WATCH: Mitchell Trubisky runs like Michael Vick for 8-yard touchdown

WATCH: Mitchell Trubisky runs like Michael Vick for 8-yard touchdown

The New England Patriots defense wasn’t giving Mitchell Trubisky many options through the air, so he decided to take matters into his own hands at Soldier Field.

The young quarterback’s legs were the Bears’ most-effective weapon in the first quarter, as Trubisky led the team with 35 rushing yards on four carries in the opening period of play.

He capped it off with an eight-yard touchdown scramble that had him looking like Michael Vick on the field.

The Bears will need to have a more well-rounded offensive attack to keep up with teams like the Patriots, but Trubisky found what was working in the first quarter.

Perhaps most importantly, he’s been smart and safe with his running, opting to slide and go to the ground on his big plays to avoid any big hits.

His legs continue to make this offense more dynamic, to keep up with top-notch opponents like New England.