28th Most Memorable Chicago Bears Game since 1979
Bears 20, Giants 17: September 15, 1991
By 1991, Mike Ditka’s Bears were growing old and looked to be wearing out on the field. The offensive line was fading, offensive specialists were becoming injury prone and/or possessed limited skills, and the defense was in decline as well. But those 1991 Bears were certainly scrappy. This would be seen for the first of many times in the game against the Giants.
On opening day the Bears pulled out a gutty 10-6 win over the Vikings, then trounced the typically weak Buccaneers in Tampa. In the season’s third week they hosted the world champion New York Giants, the team that forcibly kicked the Bears out of the playoffs the year before.
The Bears led the Giants 13-0 at halftime on two Kevin Butler field goals and a 75-yard touchdown on a long fade pattern from Jim Harbaugh to Wendell Davis. But the Giants roared back in the second half, pulling ahead 17-13 after a Matt Bahr field goal and two rushing touchdowns from Rodney Hampton. While the defense was hurting after halftime, they did pull off an amazing goal-line stand, stopping Hampton on successive plays inside the Bear one-yard line. With time ticking down, the Bears had to score a touchdown, and did just that when Neal Anderson turned on his speed for a 42-yard touchdown rush, punctuated with a dive to hit the pylon for the last yard.
But the Giants weren’t done. They drove into field goal range to attempt the game-tying kick on the game’s final play. None other than William “Refrigerator” rose to block the kick and save the game.
This would be the first of many thrilling comeback wins for the 1991 Bears.