Whether you love reminiscing about the 1985 Chicago Bears, or are sick and tired of hearing about that Super Bowl Shuffling team, that was the one and only champion that most of us fans have had to cheer for in our lifetimes. That iconic team gave us some of the most memorable moments not only in Chicago history, but in the NFL’s history as well. Anyone that had a chance to experience Chicago’s 15-1 regular season in 1985, which was followed by the most dominant playoff run in the history of the league, no doubt has plenty of moments etched into their memory forever.
But for today’s WCG roundtable topic, we wanted to take that legendary year off the table, and ask the following question.
What is your favorite non-1985 Bears’ moment ever?
Let’s see what a few of our guys chimed in with.
Ken Mitchell - For me, my favorite moment happened November 26, 2015. Thanksgiving night. Green Bay, Wisconsin. Brett Favre night. The Bears D had been mauling Aaron Rodgers (“that person from Wisconsin”) and company all night long, but as generally happens with “that person from Wisconsin” the game came down to fourth-and-goal. Rogers dropped back, rolled left under pressure and fired to Davante Adams. Adams and Bryce Callahan both jumped for the rocket, but Callahan got enough of the play to force the incompletion. “That person from Wisconsin” collapsed onto the ground, a loser.
Big games from Callahan, Tracy Porter, Zach Miller with a big TD catch, Chris Prosinski stripping Eddie Lacy, Jay Cutler marching the Bears down the field in the last minute of the game with a bullet pass down to the one-yard-line to Marquess Wilson, which was followed by a Jeremy Langford one-yard plunge to put the good guys in the lead. Topping it all off is the GIF (that one down there) we’ve all seen a thousand times, you know the one, the one where “that person from Wisconsin” throws his helmet in disgust like the petulant little 6-year-old he’s known to act like when he doesn’t get his way.
Jeff Berckes - That’s a good one, Ken. The commentary the entire game was a Favre - Rodgers love fest. Watched it with my wife’s father, a Packers fan, and was completely annoyed the whole game that Al and Chris were essentially ignoring the action on the field to slobber all over those goobers. Very satisfying ending.
But for me, it’s a tough choice between the ‘06 Cardinals game where Brian Urlacher and Devin Hester did amazing things in that comeback victory, which led to Denny Green’s famous “crown ‘em” tirade and the back to back walk-off pick sixes by Mike Brown in 2001.
I’ll go with the Mike Brown heroics in ‘01 as I was a sophomore in college watching every game with my best friend in the dorms. For some reason we kept watching the Browns game despite it being all but over when the Bears scored, recovered an onside, then converted an improbable Hail Mary, to James Allen of all people. Then Mike Brown walked it off for the second straight week. It was pure joy at the shock of the comeback and the nature of how it happened. Brown was already my favorite player, which made it that much sweeter in a season no one expected.
Jack M Silverstein - For me, it’s a two-parter: the 2006 divisional round win vs. the Seahawks and the 2006 NFC Championship Game win vs. the Saints. These are the Infinity War and Endgame of that season, if you will, where it’s hard to pick one and not the other — they work better in tandem.
The Seahawks win was so big, for two reasons. First, after losing the divisional round at home the year before and after the 2001 season, it was nice to win that home divisional game. Second, the game itself was just so thrilling. We were battling the defending NFC champs. We trailed late in the 4th quarter and had to tie the game on a Robbie Gould field goal. We had huge, clutch defensive plays from Lance Briggs and Tank Johnson. We had the monster 3rd down conversion in overtime from Rex to Rashied Davis.
And then we had Robbie’s winner, the greatest field goal in Bears history.
And then for people too young to truly appreciate the ‘85 Bears, or for ones born after that season, the 2006 NFC Championship Game against the Saints is our version of the ‘85 win over the Rams, with the Berrian TD pretty much our version of Wilber’s return.
Erik Christopher Duerrwaechter - For me, it had always been Jay Cutler throwing the game winning TD pass against the Brett Favre-led Vikings on MNF in 2009. Perfect throw, balsy call, and it felt like the light had finally come on for the Bears and their situation. This was coming off a perfectly timed strip from Hunter Hillenmeyer.
However, I now have a new favorite moment. That moment is when the Bears clinched the NFC North at Soldier Field against the Packers last year. It not only silenced a majority of the remaining doubters, it became a turning point in the rivalry. For the first time in what feels like forever, the Bears have momentum and are a force to be reckoned with. The Packers, on the other hand, feel like a soon-to-be rebuilt team. Oh, and eliminating the Packers simultaneously as the Bears were being crowned as Kings of the North felt extra sweet.
Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. - My favorite non-1985 Bears moment was the Devin Hester kickoff return in the Super Bowl. There have been other exciting moments for me, but from a purely exhilarating standpoint, it had to be that return. The game didn’t end up like we wanted, but I can’t let that take from the initial feeling I, and every other Bears fan, had when he went 92 yards for the opening score. It’s one of those ‘always remember where you were’ moments and every time I watch it I get goosebumps.
I just KNEW the Bears were going to win that game after the TD...
Josh Sunderbruch - For me, the best moment would be the Hester return in the Super Bowl. I know how the game turned out, but that moment was just electric.
Sam Householder - I think for me it is the 2006 NFC Championship Game. As fun as Hester’s kick return two weeks later was, I remember I was still nervous because there was still 58+ minutes of game left. The conference championship game was fun because the first half was pretty nerve wracking until the third quarter.
As soon as Reggie Bush turned around (whether he was actually taunting Brian Urlacher intentionally or not) and wagged his finger at Urlacher, it was like I knew the Saints were finished. In that moment, a part of me knew that that Bears team wouldn’t back down and wouldn’t let any opponent walk out of Soldier Field winners.
The Bears cruised after that and it was fun to just kind of know they had there down the stretch.
Honorable mention for me is last season. After week one it was all like a fever dream. It was a rush, with plenty of excitement, fun and pure enjoyment, mostly just because there were (almost) no expectations on the team. We had a young QB, inexperienced head coach, young players that hadn’t proven or won much, so it was fun from the ‘wow I did NOT expect that’ standpoint. I know after the Mack trade a lot of Bears fans had them playoff bound, but I tempered my expectations so much that I just didn’t expect what happened next. Now this year, the nerves of expectations and that cloud of possible disappointment and injuries all creeps in.
WhiskeyRanger - My favorite Bears moment, other than the ones already mentioned (Curse you Jeff Berckes for taking Mike Browns’ back 2 back pick sixes in ‘01! You’ll rue the day!), is probably Charles Tillman ripping the ball away from Randy Moss in the end zone for a pick during the week 15 match up with the Vikings back in 2003.
It was Peanut’s rookie season, and he had been showing flashes of play making ability all year (he had 3 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles going into this game, and had been starting since week 5), but this was THE MOMENT that I knew he was going to be something special. I mean, this was Randy Moss, in the midst of a 1,600 yard 17 TD season. One of the most physically gifted receivers to ever set foot on a gridiron. So when you see him 1 on 1 in the end zone, with a jump ball headed his way, you expect it to be an automatic touchdown... but it wasn’t. This rookie cornerback jumps up, snags the ball with one hand and proceeds to wrestle it away from the best receiver in the game. It. Was. Electric. He not only saved the touchdown and got the turnover, but ultimately saved the game. The Bears would go on to win 13-10. Legendary stuff.
Now it’s your turn to give us your favorite non-1985 Bears moment.