Despite an inconsistent showing for much of the 1990's and 2000's, the Chicago Bears remain one of the most storied and special sports franchises in history-- across all professional sports.
From the domination of the 1920's- 1940's, to having more victories and Hall of Famers than any other franchise in the league, and of course the Greatest Team of All Time in the mid-80's... the Bears have rightly earned their place in sports history. Since that magical Super Bowl season led by Walter Payton and Company, the Bears have seen their struggles, but had a few flashes along the way.
What is your favorite Chicago Bears memory of all time? Was it one play, one game, or watching an entire season unfold?
For me, it will always be the 2006 game against the Arizona Cardinals. Quarterback Rex Grossman had a 4 interception game for Chicago, and Matt Leinart and Anquan Bolden lit it up for Arizona. The Bears were down 20 points at the start of the second half (20-0).
After a Field Goal by each team, the magic started. Safety Mike Brown returned a fumble for a touchdown at the end of the 3rd quarter, followed by another fumble return TD by Charles Tillman, and a 83 yard punt return TD for rookie Devin Hester. The Bears eventually won 24-23, marking one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history.
But what stands out to me the most was watching linebacker Brian Urlacher take complete control of the game in the 4th quarter. He ended the game with 19 tackles, but his showing in the final minutes of the game has to be the most dominating performance I have ever seen. He was a beast, registering tackles from sideline to sideline, effortlessly throwing would-be blockers away to make plays. After the game, Devin Hester was quoted as saying Urlacher turned into the Incredible Hulk.
If you're interested, you can watch the 2nd half of that game below.
What's your greatest memory?