38th Most Memorable Chicago Bears Game

38th Most Memorable Chicago Bears Game since 1979

Bears 23, Lions 17: December 2, 1990

The Bears were 9-2 entering this game, the Lions 4-7.  Detroit surprised in the contest when they held a 17-14 lead in the fourth quarter.  The Bears rallied to tie the game at 17 and force overtime.

In overtime the Bears surprised by striking for gold instead of dinking and dunking to get into field goal range.  Fleet-footed running back Neal Anderson lined up wide as a receiver, streaked down the field, and caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Jim Harbaugh to end the game.

At 10-2 the Bears ruled the NFC.  But the Bears would lose three of their last four, including a rematch to the Lions in Detroit two weeks later. They limped into the playoffs, eventually getting blown out in New York by the eventual Super Bowl champion Giants.

3 Responses to “38th Most Memorable Chicago Bears Game”

  1. 1990 had a decent share of close, exciting games down the stretch for the Bears (OT win vs. DET, OT win @ DEN, frustrating loss @ WASH).

    I recall that the Bears started 9-1, and that one of those wins over trash-talky ATL was the turning point of the Bears’s season where the struggles began. They led the Falcons 24-3, only to hold on by a 30-24 margin. After this game Falcons coach Glanville, beacon of truth that he was, spent much of the rest of the season in the media pointing out to the rest of the league how unimpressed he was with the Bears, calling them the 3rd-best team in the NFC (behind the Giants and 49ers), as his 5-11 Falcons already had the pleasure of losing to SF twice. It was a truly a baffling way of trying to make an enemy…

    The 1990 Bears had an inflated 11-5 record due to a weak schedule (featuring a division of 6-10ers) and no wins over teams better than 8-8. Still, it still didn’t help when Harbaugh went down for the season in the rematch @ DET 2 weeks later. Not saying they would’ve beat the Giants in the DIV playoff w/ Harbaugh, but they might have been able to execute a better ball-control offense that day to keep them in it.

  2. The Bears after the 1986 season really seemed to struggle in December.

  3. You’re right Doug. I’d have to look at it, but I’m pretty sure that from 1987 through the Wanny years, the Bears didn’t win a December road game. Think it may have been ’96 or so, maybe even later.

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