12th Most Memorable Chicago Bears Game since 1979
Bears 19, Jets 13: September 23. 1991
It was the 1991 version of the Monday Night miracle. The 3-0 Bears hosted the 1-2 Jets just a week after Chicago had stunned the world champion Giants on the lakefront. But the Bears were stymied on getting into the end zone for most of the night, despite quarterback Jim Harbaugh hooking up with receive Tom Waddle to generate impressive statistics.
With less than two minutes remaining in the game, the Jets had the ball and were running out the clock, nursing a 13-6 lead. To that point the Bears could only score two field goals in 58 minutes of play. Then, on a routine kill-the-clock play, Bear defensive tackle Steve McMichael stripped the ball out of the hands of Jet running back Blair Thomas, and Chicago recovered. Several plays later and with the final seconds ticking off the clock, Harbaugh hit running back Neal Anderson on a swing pass for a touchdown. After Kevin Butler kicked the extra point, the Bears sent the game into overtime.
The drama still was not complete. Early in overtime, the Jets marched to attempt a chip-shot field goal, but on the night that had started to go the Bears’ way, Pat Leahy’s kick sailed far to the right. Late in overtime, with mere minutes remaining, Jim Harbaugh hit tight end Cap Boso on what appeared to be a 23-yard touchdown pass, and Boso came up with a face full of turf. Chicago players celebrated and headed into the locker room, only to be pulled back out by the referees, some half dressed, when it was ruled that Boso was down at the one yard line. The teams lined back up and finally Harbaugh sneaked the ball in for the winning touchdown.
On the night Harbaugh notched his first 300-yard game and Waddle caught eight passes for 102 yards. But most importantly the Bears were 4-0.