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Bears 100: This day in Chicago Bears’ History is a wrap!

Over on Jeff Berckes’ Twitter account he’s sharing a “This day in Bears’ history” moment every day this season, but we wanted to share them here at WCG too for everyone to see.

SUPER BOWL XX - Chicago Bears v New England Patriots

Even though we’re updating and refreshing this article every Saturday this year so you guys never miss any of Jeff’s Bears’ historical nuggets, you should still probably scroll through his Twitter thread to see all the wonderful pictures he’s sharing each day.

With this being the 100th anniversary of the Chicago Bears, we have a bunch of cool historical stuff planned for you guys here at WCG. We’ve already dropped our Top 100 Bears’ Players of All-Time list, Jeff Berckes and WhiskeyRanger recently kicked off their fantastic Championship Belt series, and as always, we share all our historical content in our Bears History section right here.

Jeff plans on sharing a This Day In Bears’ History Tweet each day of the NFL’s 2019 season on his Twitter feed (@gridironborn), but since not all of you guys do the social media thing, we wanted to share them here as well.


January 28 - In 1975, the Bears drafted the GOAT Walter Payton 4th overall. The 5- time 1st Team All-Pro broke the career rushing record, won an MVP, & had the league’s Man of the Year Award named after him. Sweetness is #1 in our . #Bears100

January 27 - Hall of Fame: The Bears have more HOF inductees than any franchise (30). From Papa Bear & the Galloping Ghost to the Kansas Comet & Iron Mike to Sweetness & Danimal to the newest inductees, Jimbo Covert & Ed the Claw Sprinkle

January 26 - In 1986, the Bears went down to New Orleans & dismantled the Patriots 46-10 in Super Bowl XX. The defense recorded 7 sacks & 6 turnovers to complete the most dominant defensive performance in an NFL playoff ever.

January 25 - 2010s recap: The Bears finished the ‘10s w/a record of 76-84 with 2 division championships .

Best player? Give me the CB who changed the game with his Peanut Punch, Charles Tillman, ’10-’13: 20 FF, 14 INTs, & 5 TDs!

January 24 - 2000s recap: The Bears finished the ‘00s w/a record of 81-79 with 4 division championships .

Best player? The 9th overall pick in the 2000 draft made 4 1st Team All Pros & named a 1st ballot HOFer. Brian Urlacher.

January 23 - In 1999, the Bears hired Dick Jauron as their 12th Head Coach in franchise history. Jauron’s record of 35-45 over 5 years was highlighted by the magical 2001 season (13-3), the most fun team since the 80s.

January 22 - 1990s recap: The Bears finished the ‘90s w/a record of 73-87 with 1 division championship .

Best player? Late career Richard Dent was still a force. 43.5 sacks between ‘90-’93

January 21 - In 2007, the Bears dominated the Saints in the NFC Championship 39-14. Thomas Jones led the way w/123 yards & 2 TDs. The defense forced 4 turnovers including a 4th quarter strip sack by Adewale Ogunleye.

January 20 - In 1982, the Bears hired Mike Ditka to be the 10th Head Coach in franchise history. Iron Mike racked up 106 wins against 62 losses, 6 division titles, and a Super Bowl victory in the ‘85 season.

January 19 - In 1993, the Bears hired Dave Wannstedt as their 11th Head Coach in franchise history. Despite a world class mustache, Wanny compiled a 40-56 record over 6 seasons. A 1995 playoff win against the Vikings was a rare highlight.

January 18 - In 1951, the Bears drafted Bill George 23rd overall out of Wake Forest. The Demon Deacon would be credited with creating the MLB position, earning 8 1st Team All-Pro honors & a HOF bust in Canton.

January 17 - In 1952, the Bears drafted Joe Fortunado 80th overall. The OLB played 12 seasons, earning 5 Pro Bowls, 3 1st Team All-Pros, & a championship in ‘63. He’s the only defender on the 1950s All-Decade team not enshrined in Canton.

January 16 - In 2011, the Bears dominated the Seahawks in the divisional round 35-24. Greg Olsen went over 100 yards including a 58 yard TD strike & Jay Cutler ran in 2 scores, building a 35-10 lead with 4 minutes left.

January 15 - In 2004, the Bears introduced Lovie Smith at their 13th Head Coach at a press conference. Lovie was the ultimate players coach, amassing an 81-63 record, 3 division titles, & 1 conference championship in 9 seasons.

Football - NFL - Bears vs. Panthers Photo by Warren Wimmer /Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images

January 14 - In 2007, the Bears knocked off the Seahawks 27-24 in overtime to advance to the NFC Championship game. Thomas Jones led the way with 2 scores while Bernard “B-Twice” Berrian topped 100 yards receiving including a 68 yard TD.

January 13 - 1980s recap: The Bears finished the ‘80s w/a record of 96-60 with 1 SB win and 5 division championships .

Best player? Can I pick Payton again? I’m picking Payton again!

January 12 - In 1986, the Bears shut out the Rams 24-0 to earn a trip to SB XX. The defense held Erik Dickerson to a mere 47 yards on the ground & forced 3 turnovers to continue their playoff dominance with 2 straight shutouts.

January 11 - 1970s recap: The Bears finished the ‘70s w/a record of 60-83-1. It was easily their worst decade in franchise history with zero division titles.

Best player? I mean... is there any other way to go here than Payton?

January 10 - 1960s recap: The Bears finished the ‘60s w/a record of 67-65-6, 1 NFL championship , & 1 divisional championship

Best player? Can you choose between Sayers & Butkus? Because I can’t.

Pittsburgh Steelers v Chicago Bears Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

January 9 - 1950s recap: The Bears finished the ‘50s w/a record of 70-48-2 & 2 divisional championships

Best player? Tough to argue w/ Bill George but Doug Atkins is in the conversation.

Bears Teammates

January 8 - In 2018, Matt Nagy was hired as the 16th Head Coach in franchise history. The 2018 Coach of the Year has compiled a 20-12 record in his 1st 2 seasons including a 9-3 mark in the division. Boom!

January 7 - 1940s recap: The Bears finished the ‘40s w/a record of 81-26-3, 4 NFL championships (‘40, ‘41, ‘43, & ‘46), & 5 divisional championships

Best player? Sid Luckman

January 6 - In 1991, the Bears beat the Saints 16-6 on Wildcard Weekend. 3 Kevin Butler FGs led the scoring and Neal Anderson covered over 100 yards on the ground. The playoff win would mark the last of Mike Ditka’s career.

January 5 - In 1986, the Bears dominated the Giants 21-0 to advance to the NFC Championship game. The Bears defense racked up 6 sacks including 3.5 by Richard Dent. The run defense was even better, holding the Giants to 32 ground yards.

January 4 - 1930s recap: The Bears finished the ‘30s w/a record of 85-28-11, 2 NFL championships (‘32 & ‘33), & 4 divisional championships

Best player? Bronko Nagurski

Art by Whiskey Ranger

January 3 - In 2010, the Bears beat the Lions 37-23 on the strength of 4 Jay Cutler TDs. One of those scores went to Greg Olsen, giving him 8 on the year, the highest output of his career.

January 2 - 1920s recap: The Bears complied a record of 84-31-19, 1 championship (1921), & 5 second place finishes. Best player? Grange didn’t play a lot in the decade so give me George “The Brute” Trafton.

Art by Whiskey Ranger

January 1 - In 1995, the Bears beat Warren Moon’s Vikings 35-18 on Wildcard Weekend in the Metrodome. Trace Armstrong had 2 sacks and Jeff Graham led the team with 108 yards receiving & a score.

December 31 - In 1988, the Bears beat Buddy Ryan’s Eagles 20-12 in the Divisional round of the playoffs in the “Fog Bowl.” The Bears defense recorded 3 INTs & 4 sacks against Randall Cunningham.

December 30 - In 1984, the Bears beat Washington 23-19 in the divisional round of the playoffs. Walter Payton ran for 100 yards & threw a TD and the defense racked up 7 sacks including 3 from Richard Dent & 2 from Dan Hampton.

December 29 - In 1963, the Bears won the NFL Championship against the Giants 14-10. Billy Wade scored both TDs for the Bears but the real star was the defense, intercepting YA Tittle 5 times, continuing their season- long dominance.

December 28 - In 2009, the Bears beat the Vikings 36-30 in overtime on a Devin Aromashadu 39 yard TD, Jay Cutler’s 4th TD toss of the day. The 150 yard game was Aromashadu’s only 100 yard game of his career.

December 27 - In 2015, the Bears beat the Bucs 26-21 on the strength of 4 Robbie Gould FGs & 2 Ka’Deem Carey TDs. Gould would leave Chicago at the end of the season as the all-time leading scorer in franchise history with 1207 points.

December 26 - In 1943, the Bears won their 3rd NFL Championship in 4 years 41-21 against Sammy Baugh’s Washington. Sid Luckman threw 5 TDs including 2 to Dante Magnani (122 yds). Bronko Nagurski scored in his last professional game.

Another for 12/26 - In 1982, the Bears beat the Rams 34-26. Walter Payton posted 100 yards rushing & 100 yards receiving on 25 touches. The Bears defense did just enough (3 turnovers) despite giving up 509 yards to Vince Ferragamo.

And another - In 2010, the Bears beat the Jets 38-34. Matt Forte topped 100 yards on the ground, Jay Cutler had a hand in 4 TDs, and Johnny Knox caught 2 TD passes in the offensive explosion.

December 25 - In 2005, Brett Favre was in a giving mood as he gave out 4 INTs to Charles Tillman, Lance Briggs, & Chris Harris (2) for being good Bears as Chicago beat GB 25-17 to clinch the NFC North. Briggs cashed his in for 6 points.

December 24 - In 2000, the Bears ended their season on a high note, topping the Lions 23-20. R. W. McQuarters returned an interception 61 yards for a score & the defense racked up 5 sacks including 2 by Bryan Robinson.

December 23 - In 2007, the Bears beat the Packers 35-7 in Brett Favre’s final season in Green Bay. Corey Graham scored on a blocked punt & Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher returned an interception 85 yards for a TD.

December 22 - In 1985, the Bears beat the Lions 37-17 to finish the regular season 15-1. Dennis Gentry returned a kick for a score and reserve linebacker Ron Rivera scooped & scored a fumble in a total team effort.

December 21 - In 1941, the Bears beat the Giants 37-9 for the Championship. Norm Standlee & George McAfee topped 100 yfs & combined for 3 scores. Hall of Famers Danny Fortmann & Bulldog Turner each snared an interception in the blowout.

Another from 12/21! - In 1975, the Bears rolled the Saints 42-17. Bob Avellini threw 3 TD passes & rookie Walter Payton ended his year w/196 yfs including a 54 yard TD run. The Bears D forced 5 turnovers including a pick 6 by Virgil Livers.

December 20 - In 1998, the Bears beat the Ravens 24-3. RB James Allen ran all over Ray Lewis’s defense with 163 yards on 23 carries and a score. Ravens QB Jim Harbaugh’s offense struggled all day, accumulating a mere 178 total yards. #Bears100

December 19 - In 1999, the Bears beat the Lions 28-10 on 4 Cade McNown TD passes. Marcus Robinson served as the primary target with 11 catches for 170 yards & 3 scores. The defense pitched in 3 INTs including 1 by DT Jim Flanigan!

December 18 - In 1932, the Bears beat the Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 in an extra game held to break a tie atop the standings. Red Grange caught a TD pass from Bronko Nagurski to break a scoreless tie in the 4th Q.

December 17 - In 1933, the Bears won the 1st NFL Championship game against the Giants 23-21. “Automatic” Jack Manders kicked 3 FGs & 2 Bronko Nagurski to Bill Karr TDs sealed the victory.

December 16 - In 2018, the Bears beat the Packers 24-17 to clinch the NFC North. Mitchell Trubisky threw for 235 yards & 2 scores while Leonard Floyd & Khalil Mack combined for 4.5 sacks. Eddie Jackson’s late interception helped seal it.

December 15 - In 1946, the Bears won their 4th championship in 7 seasons with a 24-14 victory over the Giants. The Bears defense intercepted 6 passes & recovered 2 fumbles. A Sid Luckman 19 yard TD scamper put the Bears up for good.

December 14 - In 1941, the Bears beat the Packers 33-14 to win the division. George McAfee ran for over 100 yards and Norm Standlee rushed for 2 scores. George Wilson snared 2 interceptions to put the Bears back in the championship game.

Another on this date - In 1996, the Bears knocked off the Chargers 27-14. The Ultraback Raymont Harris eclipsed 100 yfs, Dave Krieg threw 3 TDs, and Donnell Woolford picked off Stan Humphries in a total team victory.

December 13 - In 1981, the Bears beat the Raiders 23-6 with 3 Vince Evans TDs and a Gary Fencik INT. Fencik was named 1st Team All-Pro in ‘81 and spearheaded the effort to convince Halas to keep Buddy Ryan as DC during the coaching change.

December 12 - In 1965, rookie Gale Sayers had a game for the ages. Scoring 6 TDs and gaining over 200 yfs, Sayers led the Bears in a 61-20 blowout over the 49ers. It was the crown jewel of a stellar rookie year.

December 11 - In 1949, Johnny Lujack had his finest game as a pro in a 52-21 victory over the Cardinals. Lujack threw 6 TDs and kicked 7 extra points in a year that saw him lead the league in most categories.

And another - In 1983, Matt Suhey had a day to remember in a 19-13 win over the Vikings. Suhey completed a 74 yard TD pass to his best friend, Walter Payton, and topped 100 yards rushing.

And one more for the 11th - In 2006, the Bears rolled the Rams 42-27 led by the great Devin Hester’s 2 kick return TDs. Thomas Jones, Bernard Berrian, and Muhsin Muhammad all found paydirt.

December 10 - In 1978, the Bears shut out the Packers 14-0 in frigid conditions. Walter Payton eclipsed 100 yfs and the first score of the game while the Bears defense allowed a stingy 161 total yards, recorded 4 sacks, & forced 3 turnovers.

December 9 - In 2013, the Bears beat up Tony Romo’s Cowboys 45-28 on Monday Night Football. Backup QB extraordinaire Josh McCown completed 27/36 for 348 yards and 4 TDs, and ran in another for good measure.

December 8 - In 1940, the Bears won the NFL Championship with the biggest blowout ever over Washington 73-0. The Bears racked up 381 yards rushing and 7 TDs while the defense forced 9 turnovers including 3 pick 6’s, one by Bulldog Turner.

December 7 - In 1980, the Bears steamrolled the Packers 61-7. Walter Payton did his thing with 130 yards and 3 TDs. QB Vince Evans posted the only perfect passer rating in team history going 18/22 for 316 yards & another 3 scores.

Another for the 7th - In 2008, the Bears beat the Jaguars 23-10. Desmond Clark & Greg Olsen both scored TDs and Isreal Idonije recorded 1.5 sacks. Idonije is the artist behind the “Monsters” comics the Bears use for promotional purposes.

December 6 - In 1987, the Bears topped the Vikings 30-24 in the Metrodome. The defense collected 5 sacks including 2.5 from Steve “Mongo” McMichael. Mongo would earn his second 1st Team All Pro honor in ‘87 and rack up 92.5 sacks in Chicago.

December 5 - In 1976, the Bears invaded the Kingdome, beating up the Seahawks 34-7. Walter Payton ran for 183 yards, Bob Avellini threw 3 TD, and the defense picked off Jim Zorn 3 times.

Bonus for 12/5 - In 1993, the Bears beat the Packers 30-17 on 3 defensive TDs. Jeremy Lincoln returned a Brett Favre INT 80 yards, Dante Jones got a 32 yard fumble return TD, and Mark Carrier capped it with the 3rd.

December 4 - In 2005, Bears beat the Packers 19-7. Brett Favre threw 2 INTs, one Nathan Vasher returned for a score and the other Peanut Tillman returned 95 yards. Robbie Gould added 4 FGs and Peanut got a strip sack.

December 3 - In 1922, the Bears blanked the Toledo Maroons 22-0 led by rookie QB/K Joey Sternaman’s two scores. Sternaman stood a mere 5’6” but would quarterback the team for the rest of the 20’s, earning 2 1st Team All-Pro honors.

December 2 - In 1928, the Bears beat the Frankford Yellow Jackets 28-6 led by the triple threat of Paddy Driscoll. The HOFer threw for a score, ran for another and kicked 3 extra points.

December 1 - In 1940, the Bears wrapped up the regular season with a 31-23 victory against the Cardinals for an NFL Western Division Championship, setting up a date with Washington the next week. George Halas would have a surprise for them...

November 30 - In 1933, the Bears took out the cross town rival Cardinals 22-6. Red Grange scored a TD and Bill Hewitt led the defense in the first of 4 1st Team All Pro seasons. He was just named a top.

November 29 - In 1925, the Bears held on to defeat the Columbus Tigers 14-13 in the first victory of the Red Grange Barnstorming tour. Halas signed Grange after his last collegiate game and he played 7 games in 18 days in 5 cities.

November 28 - In 1937, on only 3 days rest after shutting out the Lions on Thanksgiving, the Bears took care of the Cleveland Rams 15-7. Bronko Nagurski kicked off the scoring with a TD toss. Bronko would leave football for pro wrestling.

November 27 - In 1921, the Chicago Staleys shut out the Packers 20-0. George Halas caught a TD from Chic Harley and Pete Stinchcomb scampered 45 yards for a Staley’s score. The Staleys were ‘21 champs with a 9-1-1 record.

November 26 - In 2015, the Bears beat the Packers on Thanksgiving night 17-13 in Lambeau Field on the night they retired Brett Favre’s jersey. The game ended with 4 straight Aaron Rodgers incompletions from the 8.

November 25 - In 1945, in his first game back after serving 4 years in the Navy, George McAfee scored 3 TDs, leading the Bears to a 28-7 victory over the Steelers. The Bears would return to full strength in ‘46 for a championship run.

November 24 - In 2002, the Bears knocked off the Lions 20-17 in overtime. Marty Booker caught 10 passes for 157 yards and Dez White chipped in another 8 for 106. Booker made his lone Pro Bowl in ‘02.

November 23 - In 1958, the Bears slayed the Lions 20-7 on 2 Zeke Bratkowski to Bill McColl TD passes. McColl would lead the team in all receiving categories in ‘58 including 8 TD catches.

November 22 - In 1970, Dick Gordon piled up 107 yards on 6 receptions for 2 scores to help wallop the Buffalo Bills 31-13. Gordon would lead the league in both receptions (71) and TD catches (13). He was named 1st team All Pro in ‘70.

November 21 - In 1954, the Bears took down Weeb Ewbank’s Baltimore Colts 28-13. Chick Jagade and Billy Stone each eclipsed 100 yards from scrimmage and added a score. Jagade would make the ‘54 Pro Bowl despite a staggering 12 fumbles!

November 20 - In 1977, Walter Payton broke the single game rushing record with 275 yards in a 10-7 win over the Vikings. Oh, did I mention he had the flu? Imagine if he’d been healthy, the record would be 400+


November 19 - In 2000, Tony Parrish returned a Shaun King interception 38 yards for a score in a 13-10 win. Rookie Brian Urlacher picked off a pass late to seal it, solidifying his Defensive Rookie of the Year candidacy.

November 18 - In 1951, the Bears swept the season series against the Packers with a 24-13 win at Wrigley Field. RB John “Kayo” Dottley led the way with 117 yards rushing en route to a Pro Bowl season.

November 17 - In 1985, Monsters invaded Dallas and destroyed Tom Landry’s Cowboys 44-0. The Bears defense racked up 4 interceptions and 6 sacks. Richard Dent had a pick 6 and two sacks to lead the way to a Sports Illustrated cover.

November 16 - In 2014, the Bears toppled the Vikings 21-13 on Jay Cutler’s 3 TD passes - 2 to Brandon Marshall and 1 to Alshon Jeffery. Matt Forte covered 175 yards from scrimmage and Bears legend Jared Allen lassoed a sack on Teddy Bridgewater.

November 15 - In 1953, QB George Blanda led a 4th quarter comeback to beat Washington 27-24. Blanda threw the TD pass and kicked the extra point to go with his 2 FGs on the day. Blanda led the league in attempts and completions in ‘53.

November 14 - In 1971, the Bears beat Washington 16-15. A Cyril Pinder 40 yard scamper tied it up late, but a high snap forced holder Bobby Douglass into scramble mode where he found Dick Butkus for the win!

One more for 11/14 - In 1943, Sid Luckman set the league record with an incredible 7 TD passes against the Giants in a 56-7 dominating win. Luckman’s mark still stands in an 8-way tie. Luckman won MVP in ‘43.

And how cool is this?

An 11/14 part 3! I’m pretty sure this awesome program is from 1948’s 7-6 win over the rival Packers but maybe it’s from 1976’s 24-13 win. Point is the Bears are 2-0 against the Pack on this day & pants are optional.

November 13 - In 1927, the Bears toppled the Pottsville Maroons 30-12. George Halas led the way with 2 TDs - a 33 yard catch and a fumble recovery in the end zone. A suffocating defense chipped in with two safeties.

November 12 - In 1967, the Bears laid waste to Fran Tarkenton’s Giants 34-7. An unexpected hero, backup QB Larry Rakestraw, emerged by throwing for 3 TDs and running in another 2. Frank Cornish and Bennie McRae picked off Tarkenton 3 times.

November 11 - In 1926, the visiting Bears won the 1st ever pro game in Soldier Field against the Cardinals 10-0 on Armistice Day. The new stadium’s first TD was scored by Duke Hanny on a 60 yard pass by Paddy Driscoll.

November 10 - In 1946, the Bears beat the Rams 27-21 led by the golden connection of Sid Luckman to Ken Kavanaugh. The two hooked up for 3 scores on the day. Kavanaugh is the all-time franchise leader with 50 TD catches.

November 9 - In 1969, the Bears won their only game on the season 38-7 against the Steelers. Gale Sayers had 100 yards and 2 scores while Brian Piccolo chipped in a 25 yd TD. Piccolo played his last game a week later, diagnosed with cancer.

And another for 11/9 - In 1947, the Bears beat the Packers 20-17 highlighted by an 81 yard Sid Luckman to Ken Kavanaugh TD pass. Plus, they used one of the best program images of all time to promote the game!

November 8 - In 1942, the Bears pitched a shutout against the Brooklyn Dodgers 35-0 in Ebbets Field. Sid Luckman’s crew outgained the Dodgers 424-120, forcing 4 turnovers in a dominant performance en route to a perfect 11-0 regular season.

November 7 - In 2004, Craig Krenzel’s Bears beat Giants legend Kurt Warner 28-21. The A-Train ran for over 100 yards and 2 scores while the defense wrecked Warner with 7 sacks including 4 by Alex Brown. Krenzel went 8-21 for 144 in the win.

November 6 - In 1955, the Bears knocked out the Packers by building a 45-3 lead in a 52-31 rout. Rick Casares and Bobby Watkins both eclipsed the 100 yard rushing mark & 6 different Bears scored TDs.

November 5 - In 1944, Sid Luckman threw for 2 scores and ran in another in a 21-0 domination of the rival Packers.

November 4 - In 1923, the Bears blanked the Oorang Indians 26-0 highlighted by a 98-yard fumble return TD by George Halas, an NFL record that would stand until 1973 when Jack Tatum broke it with a 104 yard return for the Raiders.

And since this was such a good date in Bears’ history, here’s another... In 1973, QB Bobby Douglass tied the team record with 4 rushing TDs to beat the Packers 31-17. Douglass finished the day with 100 yards rushing and stands with Rick Casares and Gale Sayers in the team record book.

And a third... In 2001, Mike Brown did his thing. Down 14 to the Browns, the Bears tied it w/ a TD, onside kick, and Hail Mary to force OT. Brown took over in OT by securing a tipped pass & walking it off for the second straight week.

And a 4th! In 2012, Bears 51 - Titans 20. Cutler to Marshall accounted for 3 TDs, Forte ran for over 100 yards, Urlacher returned an interception 46 yards for a TD, & Tillman forced 4 fumbles!

November 3 - In 1935, the Bears beat the NY Giants in the Polo Grounds 20-3. Bill Karr caught a 29 yard TD pass from Bernie Masterson to seal the game. Karr would lead the league in TD receptions and earn a 1st Team All-Pro honor.

November 2 - In 1952, the Bears knocked off the 49ers in Kezar Stadium on a game winning George Blanda field goal. Blanda spent the first 10 years of his Hall of Fame career in a Bears uniform.

November 1 - In 1959, the Bears invaded the LA Coliseum for a 26-21 victory over the Rams. Star FB Rick Casares led the way with 136 scrimmage yards and 2 scores. Casares would make his 5th straight Pro Bowl in ‘59.

October 31 - In 2016, the Bears beat the Vikings 20-10 on MNF in what would prove to be Jay Cutler’s last win in Navy and Orange. Akiem Hicks collected 2 sacks & Jordan Howard gained a career high 202 scrimmage yards. Happy Halloween!

October 30 - In 1977, Walter Payton collected 205 yards on 23 carries and 2 scores to help dominate the Packers 26-0. Payton would have his best statistical season & lead the league in rushing, scrimmage yards, and TDs to earn Offensive Player of the Year.

October 29 - In 1989, Brad Muster scored an early TD to put the Bears up for good in a 20-10 victory over the Rams. The big fullback had a nose for the endzone with 20 career rushing scores for the Bears.

October 28 - In 2001, Mike Brown delivered a walk off pick 6 in overtime to beat the 49ers 37-31. A pair of late scores from David Terrell tied it up. TO’s bobble landed in Brown’s hands and started his legend.

October 27 - In 1997, Erik Kramer led a furious 4th quarter comeback for their 1st win of the season. Down 15 points to the Dolphins in Miami, Kramer orchestrated 2 TD drives, a 2-pt conversion, and a game winning FG drive in OT.

October 26 - In 1924, brothers Joey and Dutch Sternaman combined for 2 TD runs, a TD pass, 3 extra points and a FG as the Bears swatted the Frankford Yellow Jackets 33-3.

Halas bottom left, Sternaman brothers bottom right

October 25 - In 1998, the Bears beat the Tennessee Oilers 23-20 on a last minute Jeff Jaeger FG, making it back to back game-winners for him. Jeff Fisher’s Oilers finished 8-8 for the 3rd year in a row.

October 24 - In 1926, the Bears topped the Duluth Eskimos 24-6. Hall of Famer Ernie Nevers scored a late TD for the Eskimos but it was not enough to match 3 rushing scores by the Bears including one by Milton “Mitt” Romney.

October 23 - In 1966, Gale Sayers returned a kick 93 yards for a TD to help beat the Rams 17-10. Sayers would return 6 kicks and 2 punts for scores between ‘65-’67, leading the league in all purpose yards in each season.

October 22 - In 2017, the Bears beat the Panthers 17-3 on the strength of two Eddie Jackson TDs - a 75 yard fumble return & a 76 yard interception return. Mitchell Trubisky’s line of 4-7 for 107 yards was the perfect embodiment of Foxball.

October 21 - In 1956, the Bears lit up the Colts 58-27. Harlon Hill put up an obscene 198 yards on 9 catches, two of which went for scores. The great Johnny Unitas was held to 9-19 for 131, 1 TD, and 1 INT.

October 20 - In 1957, rookie running back Willie “The Wisp” Galimore burst onto the scene to help beat the Rams 34-26. 213 yards from scrimmage on 26 touches and 4 trips to the end zone in his finest day as a pro.

October 19 - In 1941, the Bears suffocated the Lions in a 49-0 bloodbath. The Lions turned the ball over 5 times and managed a mere 108 total yards of offense to the Bears at 383. Scoring was led by Joe “Maniac” Maniaci with 3 rushing scores!

October 18 - In 1998, the Bears nipped the Cowboys on a game winning Jeff Jaeger FG, 13-12. A Jim Flanigan sack of Jason Garrett and limiting Emmitt Smith to 78 yards from scrimmage were among the highlights in a season of lows.

And a bonus from today...

October 17 - In 1943, the Bears beat the Pitt/Philly “Steagles,” a combined team to fill rosters due to WWII, 48-21. The Bears scored 7 straight TDs including 3 passes from Sid Luckman, who months later would fight on D-Day in Normandy.

October 16 - In 1938, the Bears knocked off the crosstown Cardinals 34-28. Scoring included a 47-yard TD catch by Dick Plasman, most famous for being the last player to not wear a helmet.

And who can forget... The 2006 Crown ‘em game: sometimes you just need to double dip into the history books. Do I really need to describe this game? Just watch the video.

October 15 - In 1972, Bobby Douglass had a very Bobby Douglass day as the Bears blanked the Browns 17-0. The southpaw completed just 2 of 9 passes for 62 yards and a score but managed 117 yards on the ground & another TD.

October 14 - In 1956, the Bears beat the 49ers 31-7 headlined by Rick Casares’ 21 carries for 112 yards and 2 scores. A league leading 1,126 yards led to a 1st team All-Pro honor. Casares’ 5,657 yards ranks 4th all-time in team history.

October 13 - In 1929, the Bears dominated the Buffalo Bisons 16-0. Bill Senn caught 2 TD passes including one from the Galloping Ghost Red Grange.

October 12 - In 2014, the Bears earned their most convincing victory of the year against the Falcons 27-13. Jay Cutler threw for 381 yards, Matt Forte racked up 157 yards from scrimmage and 2 scores, and Willie Young sacked Matt Ryan twice.

And speaking of Cutler...

October 11 - In 1964, Iron Mike Ditka scored 3 times (including a fumble recovery) to help beat the LA Rams 38-17 but it was Johnny Morris who burned down the Rams secondary with an 11-147-2 receiving line.

October 10 - In 1965, Rookie Gale Sayers threw his first & only career TD pass & added 95 receiving yards and another score en route to the 1st of 5 straight 1st Team All Pros. The Bears beat the Rams 31-6.

And... Part 2! In 2010, Matt Forte dominated the Panthers in a 23-6 victory. 22 carries for 166 yards and 2 scores plus another 22 yards on receptions. The 188 yards from scrimmage were Forte’s 3rd highest in his career.

October 9 - In 1960, the Bears beat the Rams in a shootout 34-27. QB Ed Brown threw for 333 yards and 3 scores and ran in another. Johnny Morris led the receiving corps with 124 yards and 2 scores.

October 8 - In 1950, the Bears took care of their cross- town rival Chicago Cardinals 27-6 in Wrigley Field. Johnny Lujack led the way with 80 yards on 10 carries including two scores. He would lead the league with 11 rushing TDs.

October 7 - In 1984, the Bears beat the Saints 20-7 on the back of Walter Payton’s 154 yards rushing. That effort broke the career rushing yards mark set by Jim Brown, cementing Payton’s place in football history.

October 6 - In 1974, the Bears found a way to shut down Archie Manning’s Saints for a rare win, 24-10. A Gary Huff to Bo Rather pass sealed the win in their highest scoring game of the season.

October 5 - In 2003, the Bears came back to beat the Raiders 24-21 highlighted by a Kordell Stewart to Marty Booker TD strike. The “A Train” Anthony Thomas rushed for 123 yards en route to a 1,000 yard season.

October 4 - In 1987, the “Spare Bears” took the field for the first time, beating the Eagles replacements 35-3. Mike Hohensee tossed 3 scores and Sean Payton went 5-11 for 51 yards and took 4 sacks. The strike lasted all of 3 games.

October 3 - In 1920, the Decatur Staleys won their first ever game against the Moline Universal Tractors 20-0. Dutch Sternaman scored 3 rushing TDs and George Halas recorded the first of his 318 regular season wins.

October 2 - In 1983, the Bears defense knocked out rookie John Elway in a dominant 31-14 win against the Broncos. 9 sacks were recorded on Elway & Steve DeBerg including 3 from Todd Bell and 2 each from Mike Hartenstine and Al Harris.

October 1 - In 2006, the Bears erased the Seattle Seahawks 37-6 on the strength of 98 yards and 2 scores from Thomas Jones and 2 Rex Grossman TD tosses - 9 yards to Muhsin Muhammad and a 40 yard dagger to Bernard Berrian.

September 30 - In 1934, the Bears beat the Cincinnati Reds football team 21-3 with TDs from Bronko Nagurski, Beattie Feathers, and Red Grange. Feathers would go on to record the NFL’s first 1,000 yard rushing season.

September 29 - In 1968, the Bears beat the Vikings in Metropolitan Stadium 27-17 on the strength of a 100 yard rushing game by Gale Sayers and a John Concannon to Dick Gordon score.

September 28 - In 1986, the Bears defense ran roughshod over Boomer Esiason’s Bengals in Riverfront Stadium, 44-7. The defense collected 4 sacks and 5 interceptions including one of each for Otis Wilson.

September 27 - In 2009, the Bears invaded Seattle for a 25-19 victory led by 3 Jay Cutler TD passes (Johnny Knox, Greg Olsen, Devin Hester). Lance Briggs led the defense with a sack and an INT.

September 26 - In 1948, the Bears laid waste to the Packers 45-7. Ed Sprinkle, AKA The Claw, caught TDs from Sid Luckman & Bobby Layne. Don’t know much about Sprinkle? Watch this video!

September 25 - In 1949, the Bears shut out the Packers 17-0 led by Johnny Lujack who threw for 2 scores, kicked the extra points, and added a field goal. Lujack led the league in yards (2,658) and TDs (23).

September 24 - In 2006, the Bears remained undefeated by beating the Vikings in the Metrodome 19-16. Robbie Gould connected on 4 FGs but Rex Grossman’s TD to Rashied Davis with under 2 minutes was the difference.

September 23 - In 1961 and ‘62, the Bears beat the L.A. Rams in back to back seasons in the L.A. Coliseum 21-17 and 27-23. Billy Wade rushed for a score in each and safety Richie Petitbon recorded an INT against Zeke Bratkowski in both games.

September 22 - In 1940, the Bears opened their championship season by laying waste to the rival Packers 41-10 led by 3 scores from Hall of Famer George McAfee - a 93 yard kick return, a pass to Ken Kavanaugh, and a run.

September 21 - In 1930, the Bears tied the Brooklyn Dodgers 0-0. It would be the closest Brooklyn would ever come to beating the Bears. In fact, the Bears’ 10-0-1 mark against Brooklyn is the most wins against any defunct franchise.

September 20 - In 1936, the Bears obliterated the Packers 30-3 in City Stadium (GB) that included a score from Hall of Famer Bill Hewitt and kicks from “Automatic” Jack Manders. ‘36 is the year of the alternate jerseys used this season.

September 19 - In 1985, the Bears beat Tommy Kramer’s Vikings 33-24 in the Metrodome on Jim McMahon’s huge 3rd quarter - a 70 yd TD to Willie Gault and a pair of scores to “Silky D” Dennis McKinnon.

September 18 - In 1931, the Bears defeated the Cleveland Indians football squad 21-0 including a score from the Galloping Ghost, Red Grange. Grange would go on to earn his second straight 1st Team All-Pro honor.

September 17 - In 2006, the Bears trashed Rod Marinelli’s Lions 34-7 with 4(!!) Rex Grossman TD passes including a 41 yard strike to Bernard “B-Twice” Berrian.

Detroit Lions vs Chicago Bears

September 16 - A double header! The Bears beat the Packers 9-7 in 1984 and 31-13 in 1990 - both in Lambeau! Payton’s 110 yards led the way in ‘84 while Jim Harbaugh’s 3 scores headlined the ‘90 win.

September 15 - In 1939, the Bears beat the Cleveland Rams (yep, Cleveland from ‘37-’45) 30-21 on the strength of 282 team rushing yards and a 26 yard scoring toss from Bernie Masterson to Dick Plasman.

September 14 - In 1980, the Bears shut down Archie Manning’s Saints 22-3 on the strength of, you guessed it, Walter Payton’s 209 yards from scrimmage on a mere 21 touches.

September 13 - Nothing good has ever happened on this day with the Bears going winless (0-7). Instead, let’s look at the all-time records against each NFC division:

North: 246-231-13
East: 78-63-1
South: 72-51
West: 149-105-10
All NFC: 545-450-24

September 12 - In 1999, the Bears notched an opening day victory against Elvis Grbac’s Chiefs 20-17. Shane Matthews to John Allred for a 1 yard score capped a 20 pt 1st half - it would prove to be the best half that year.

September 11 - In 2011, the Bears whipped the Falcons 30-12 in a complete performance. Jay Cutler threw for over 300 yards and the defense racked up 5 sacks and 2 turnovers including a Peanut Punch.

September 10 - In 2006, the Bears shutout the Packers 26-0 in Lambeau Field to kick off what would be a Super Bowl season. The scoring was highlighted by rookie Devin Hester’s first punt return TD.

September 9 - In 1984, the Bears blanked the Denver Broncos 27-0 holding a trio of QBs to 9/27 for 109 yards and 2 INTs. This sweet Payton run highlighted a 179 yard ground game domination.

September 8 - In 1985, the Bears started their championship season by coming back from a 28-17 deficit against the Buccaneers on the strength of 157 yards from scrimmage from Walter Payton and a pick-6 from Leslie Frazier off Steve DeBerg.

September 7 - In 2008, the Bears beat Peyton Manning’s Colts in Tony Dungy’s last season 29-13. A 50 yard Matt Forte TD run kicked off the scoring that would include a safety and a Lance Briggs fumble return score.

Chicago Bears v Indianapolis Colts Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

September 6 - In 1992, the Bears beat the Lions 27-24 on a Tom Waddle game winner from Jim Harbaugh for their 9th consecutive opening day victory. Bears are 99-74 all-time against the Lions.

September 5 - In 2019, the Bears open their 100th season with their most-played rival, the Packers. Led by Mitchell Trubisky and Khalil Mack, the squad aims to notch a victory in the 199th all-time meeting. Let’s do this.

September 4 - In 1988, the Bears dismantled Dan Marino’s Dolphins 34-7 on the strength of 123 yards and 2 scores from RB Neal Anderson. Marino was held to 9 of 22 for 113 yards.

September 3 - In 1995, Erik Kramer beat Warren Moon’s Vikings 31-7 with 262 yards and 3 scores including 110 yards and 2 TDs to Curtis Conway. Kramer would go on to break the single season team record for yards and TDs.

September 2 - In 1979, a 6-3 victory over the Packers on the strength of a 40 touch, 174 yard game from Walter Payton. The head coaches that day? Neill Armstrong vs. Bart Starr.

September 1 - In 1991, the Bears beat the Vikings 10-6 on the strength of a Tom Waddle 37 yard TD grab. The Bears would go on to an 11-5 record that year in Mike Ditka’s last postseason appearance.

Tom Waddle

We’ll update and refresh this article every Saturday this season.