23rd Most Memorable Chicago Bears Game

23rd Most Memorable Chicago Bears Game since 1979

Bears 28, 49ers 27: October 28, 1979

The Bears trailed the 49ers by the score of 27-21 with just moments left in the game.  They faced fourth down, ten yards to go from the San Francisco 48-yard line.  Chicago quarterback Mike Phipps dropped back and heaved a pass to receiver James Scott, who was streaking open down the right sideline.  Scott galloped in for the touchdown, and after Bob Thomas kicked the ensuing extra point, the Bears had sneaked away with a victory over the 1-7 49ers in Bill Walsh’s rookie year coaching his team.

Bear running back Walter Payton rushed for 162 yards and three touchdowns on the day.  Steve DeBerg, quarterbacking Walsh’s west coast offense while rookie third round pick Joe Montana watched, threw for 348 yards and three touchdowns on the Bear defense.

Most memorable about this game was that it turned the Bears’ season and launched a four-game winning streak.  Chicago finished the first half of the 1979 season with a record on 3-5, and would need a strong finish to have any hope of making the playoffs.  The season would be capped with an even more memorable game two months later.

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