By Lew Freedman

In a chain that explores the logic-defying comebacks and hard losses, the dramatic interceptions, fumbles, game-winning box ambitions, and touchdowns that form a fan's maximum thoughts in their loved group, this ebook doesn't disappoint because the final collector's merchandise for Bears enthusiasts. It chronicles the main recognized moments in Chicago soccer background, together with Gale Sayers's six-touchdown day opposed to the 49ers, Walter Payton's 275-yard functionality in 1977, Devin Hester's great Bowl XLI kickoff go back, and the dominating group functionality of great Bowl XX. The descriptions of every play are observed with online game info and rates from individuals, gamers, and observers with firsthand money owed.

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Dooley looked like a whiz for bringing Nix into the game when he did, but said he whispered nothing particularly inspirational into the quarterback’s ear. In fact, their brief conversation sounded as fundamental as it can get along the sideline: go score. If it were so easy to order two touchdowns on demand every time he wished, Dooley would have been acclaimed the greatest coach of all time. But one thing was for sure: Nix felt just fine after orchestrating the rally. December 17, 1967 47 A BITTERSWEET VICTORY George Halas’s Last Game as Bears Coach The Bears won.

ISBN: 978-1-60078-122-3 Design by Sue Knopf Page production by Patricia Frey Photos courtesy of Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. I dedicate this book to the 1963 Chicago Bears championship team, an underrated and overlooked squad on the long list of great Bears teams. CONTENTS Foreword by Doug Buffone Acknowledgments Introduction 50 Destroying Enemy Morale December 7, 1980: Bears Massacre Green Bay 61–7 49 Talk About Being on a Roll November 15, 1931: Joe Lintzenich’s 94-Yard Punt 48 Sending the Fans Home Happy September 19, 1971: Kent Nix Touchdown Pass Wins It for Bears in Soldier Field Opener 47 A Bittersweet Victory December 17, 1967: George Halas’s Last Game as Bears Coach 46 The Longest Pass Play of All October 8, 1961: Bill Wade’s 98-Yard Touchdown Throw to Bo Farrington 45 Bears Get a Kick Out of Mac October 20, 1968: Mac Percival Boots Five Field Goals 44 A New Formation on Defense 1954 Season: Bill George Invents the Middle Linebacker Position 43 Hill Runs Past the 49ers October 31, 1954: Harlon Hill’s 214 Yards Receiving 42 Losing and Winning the Same Day December 9, 1990: Mark Carrier Grabs Three Interceptions in One Game 41 A Record Day in the Backfield October 30, 1977: Walter Payton Rushes for 205 Yards 40 Brian Urlacher Ruins Falcons October 7, 2001: Linebacker Fills Up the Stat Sheet 39 Mike Ditka’s Greatest Game October 13, 1963: Tight End Nabs Four Touchdown Passes 38 Good News, Bad News October 4, 1992, and September 23, 1991: Jim Harbaugh Wins Big Against the Jets, Gets Hammered Against the Vikings 37 Make It…Or Else November 8, 1987: Kevin Butler Kicks the Bears Over the Packers 36 When He Hit, It Hurt December 27, 1987: Richard Dent Sacks the Known World 35 The Field Was Wide Open December 9, 1962: Richie Petitbon Returns an Interception 101 Yards 34 Bears Must-Win Over Cowboys November 18, 1962: Bill Wade Throws for 466 Yards 33 The Next Luckman Is the First Lujack December 11, 1949: Johnny Lujack Throws for 468 Yards 32 Bob Thomas’s Boot Does the Trick December 18, 1977: Bears Reach Playoffs after 14-Year Absence 31 Just Doing His Job—All Season January 6, 2002: Marty Booker’s 100th Reception 30 Striking Fear Into the Hearts of Men 1985: The 46 Defense 29 Misdirection Offense’s Best Friend December 11, 1983: Matt Suhey Throws a 74-Yard Touchdown Pass 28 Rick Casares Proves He Belongs October 16, 1955: Rookie’s 81-Yard Run Gets Him the Ball 27 Showing Face Is Half the Battle January 16, 1926: Red Grange’s Tour Goes Hollywood 26 Bobby Douglass, the Great Running Quarterback November 4, 1973: Bears Great Scores Four Touchdowns 25 The Football Player America Wanted to See November 26, 1925: Red Grange Makes His Pro Debut 24 Bears’ Comeback Wows Monday Night Audience October 16, 2006: Brian Urlacher Is a Showman on the Big Show 23 Willie Gault Turns In Super Game January 26, 1986: Bears Dominate Super Bowl XX 22 Best of All Time October 7, 1984: Walter Payton Breaks NFL Rushing Record 21 A Record with Legs October 15, 1939: Fullback Bill Osmanski’s 86-Yard Run 20 The Most Explosive Weapon in Football October 16, 2006, and November 12, 2006: Devin Hester Returns Kickoff, Missed FGA, and Punt for Touchdowns 19 Rushing Past 1,000 November 25, 1934: Beattie Feathers Breaks the Barrier 18 A Breathless 108 Yards November 13, 2005: Nathan Vasher Takes It to the House 17 Gould Flies Past Seattle January 14, 2007: Kicker Beats Seahawks on Overtime Field Goal 16 Two Miracles in Two Weeks October 28, 2001, and November 4, 2001: Mike Brown Steals the Show 15 The Greatest NFL Massacre of All Time December 8, 1940: Bears 73–0!

Year after year the battles play out. The cast of characters, great players, and famous coaches comes and goes. From Curly Lambeau and George Halas to Mike Ditka and Forrest Gregg, the men in charge have always known there is something special about the two dates on the calendar each autumn. Bears fans hated Brett Favre, not because of the type of player he was (that they admire), but because he regularly beat their team for 16 years. There have been ups and downs in the rivalry with trends of dominance in various decades.

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