34th Most Memorable Chicago Bears Game

34th Most Memorable Chicago Bears Game since 1979

Vikings 33, Bears 27: December 1, 1994

Chicago was on a four-game winning streak and led the NFC Central division with an 8-4 record, to the Vikings’ 7-5.  The Bears hadn’t faced such a clutch Monday Night game since the 1992 season, at least.

The Bears offense was like it usually was, conservative and run-oriented, but it had found its groove after backup quarterback Steve Walsh replaced Erik Kramer, who it was thought would have been the starter for the whole season.

First, nickel running back Robert Green did his best Barry Sanders impersonation when he juked and slashed his way to a 39-yard touchdown on a short reception.  Then Jeff Graham returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown.  The Bear defense initially held the Vikings to a lot of field goals, but after giving up 306 yards passing to Warren Moon and 124 on the ground to Robert Smith, it wasn’t a surprise that the Vikings ended up winning.

After going to overtime, it ended quickly on a 65 yard touchdown pass from Moon to Cris Carter.  But it was fun while it lasted.

2 Responses to “34th Most Memorable Chicago Bears Game”

  1. This was truly a gripping game to watch. Here, the Vikings got the last of their 6 straight 1992-94 wins over the Bears, but unlike the previous 4 1/4 contests, they did not dominate on defense. This was a NO-NAME Bears’ offense that was actually moving downfield on Randle, Del Rio, and the Viking D for a change!

    As you mentioned, this (ESPN Thursday night) game felt like the first real “big” game the Bears had played since 1992. And it was great to see the Bears equal to the task of playing “with the spotlight on them”. Though they lost, the Bears looked like a team on the rise.

  2. And yes, someday I’d like to see a highlight of Green’s TD catch-and-run. He broke and eluded many tackles on that play.

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