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Every day in the month of June we'll ask a different Bears related question. Participate the entire month so we can understand the WCG community more. Today, we touch on an editor’s favorite Bears memory.

Devin Hester capping a legendary comeback will forever live on in my memory.

It’s day two of this 30-Day Chicago Bears challenge at WCG. After Lester so eloquently discussed his earliest Bears memory, it would be more than appropriate for me to expound on my absolute favorite flashback as a fan and reporter following this franchise.

Let’s go back to 2006, the first year I ever watched sports, let alone football. Lo and behold, that was obviously the season the Bears made the trip to Super Bowl XLI (we don’t discuss what happened in Miami, because ironically, I don’t remember those events).

Anyway, being the young and impressionable teenager I was, I just needed to latch onto a signature moment in my malleable early years to fall in love. Yes, the Bears dominated throughout the first month or so and half of the 2006 season, but I hadn’t seen them go through tension yet. I hadn’t seen them respond to adversity. I hadn’t seen the magic of sports outside of a dominant team such as that squad, beating up on lesser competition.

Then came the Arizona Cardinals in their dome on Monday Night Football on October 16th, 2006 and a night that I will forever remember. You all know the story. The Bears came back from 20 points down with no offensive touchdowns led by a superhuman effort from Brian Urlacher, capped off with an electric Devin Hester return late in the fourth quarter that would be the eventual game winner.

This was the kind of performance by the Bears that let you know that team was special. The kind that would make any young man swoon oh so easily. The utter shock value of the game alone still sticks out. To this day, in the 10 seasons since, I can’t think of a more signature game or moment that I appreciate more than that ridiculous Monday night victory.

And regardless of what happens with the Bears in the coming years, I don’t think that fact will change for a long time.

In the end, it was history in the making in tandem with a synonymous rant from Cardinals coach Dennis Green shouting “they are who we thought they were!” in regards to the Bears’ flaws as team. Indeed, by February, we would learn of said issues Chicago possessed.

But on that October night in Arizona, it didn’t matter. That night, everyone really did knew who the Bears were: a force to be reckoned with.

Now you tell us.

What is your favorite Chicago Bears memory?

Robert Zeglinski is the Bears beat writer for the Rock River Times and is an editor for Windy City Gridiron. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.