The Bears have had more ups than downs on the way to the NFC Championship Game. A look at the moments that have shaped their season.
Jan. 2: Packers 10, Bears 3
This loss can serve an important purpose: making sure the Bears don’t feel too confident heading into Sunday’s NFC Championship Game on FOX.
Jan. 16: Bears 35, Seahawks 24
The score is misleading. The Bears should have picked up plenty of confidence from a dominating postseason win.
Sept. 27: Bears 20, Packers 17
The Bears proved themselves to a skeptical football nation on a Monday night by pulling out a win against the media’s trendy favorites. Brian Urlacher forced a fumble to set up Robbie Gould’s field goal with four seconds left.
Dec. 20: Bears 40, Vikings 14
Brett Favre wasn’t supposed to play, and he ended up not playing very long, as the Bears knocked him out of the game. Devin Hester set an NFL record with his 14th career kick return for a TD, as the Bears clinched the NFC North.
Dec. 26: Bears 38, Jets 34
Maybe this one comes in handy in a couple of weeks in Dallas. The Bears showed they could win if it came down to an offensive battle between two defensive teams.
Nov. 28: Bears 31, Eagles 26
Everyone was still enamored of Michael Vick, but Jay Cutler outplayed him, throwing four touchdowns.
Nov. 14: Bears 27, Vikings 13
Brett Favre was coming off a 446-yard effort the week before, but the Bears made him look like an old man, collecting three interceptions in the second half.
Nov. 18: Bears 16, Dolphins 0
It had been four years since the Bears pitched a shutout. This defense served notice on the NFL that it could dominate.
Nov. 7: Bears 22, Bills 19
Why mention a victory over lowly Buffalo? This one didn’t come easy, but a loss after the bye week could have been a season-altering third defeat in a row.
Sept. 12: Bears 19, Lions 14
The Bears’ victory in their opener came down to a controversial call that nullified an apparent game-winning touchdown catch by Calvin Johnson. How would the season have been different if it started with a disheartening loss to a division opponent?