39th Most Memorable Chicago Bears Game since 1979
Bears 42, Rams 27: December 11, 2006
The storyline entering this Monday Night Football game was whether Rex Grossman would remain the Bears’ starting quarterback to the end of the season. But the tale told after the game would be much different.
Grossman was under fire at this point. He was the hottest-and coldest-quarterback in the NFL that season. He started the campaign on fire and looked to garner consideration for the game’s Most Valuable Player award. Then for a stretch he couldn’t seem to hit an open receiver-at times finishing with a quarterback rating barely over zero.
In this game against the Rams, there was no score in the first quarter. The Rams struck first on a touchdown pass from Marc Bulger to Torry Holt, over rookie defender Devin Hester, playing cornerback in an emergency.
Hester would strike back immediately on his own, returning the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. The teams would trade scores, and the Bears would lead 14-13 at halftime by virtue of a missed extra point by the Rams. The Bears then scored three unanswered touchdowns, and Hester put the icing on the cake with a 96-yard kickoff return for another score, and the Bears won 42-27.
Grossman answered his critics, for this night anyway, turning in a strong performance with 200 yards and two touchdowns.
Perhaps most memorable about this game, other than the dynamic Hester, was the electric atmosphere in the Edward Jones Dome. Fully 60% of the crowd supported the Bears, and cheered loudly before, during and after the game. NFL football is fun for America when the Bears are winning.