40th Most Memorable Chicago Bears Game since 1979
Bears 20, Packers 17: December 22, 2008
It was a Monday Night game, the coldest game ever played at Soldier Field. And as had happened so rarely in the last 30 years, there were playoff implications for the Bears as they faced the Packers this late in the season.
While the Packers were out of the playoff race at 5-9, the 8-6 Bears needed this win, and help, in order to qualify for the postseason.
The temperature through the game held steady at near 0 degrees, but it didn’t faze the Packers too much, as they led 14-3 at the half. In the third quarter, Bear tight end Greg Olsen caught a touchdown pass from Kyle Orton to close the gap to 14-10. Olsen’s score was followed by a Packer field goal, then finally the Bears tied the score at 17 on a Matt Forte touchdown run.
Tied 17-17, Packer kicker Mason Crosby lined up for the winning 38-yard field goal with 17 seconds left, and the Bears playoff hopes looked doomed. It’s one thing to miss the playoffs, another entirely to allow your arch-rival to keep you from going. As Crosby kicked, Bears defensive end Alex Brown blocked it, saving the Bears’ hopes. In overtime, Chicago kicker Robbie Gould, 3-3 on the night, kicked the winning field goal.
The Soldier Field crowd went crazy. But the following week, even though everything the Bears needed to happen to help them get into the playoffs happened, the Bears lost to a Houston Texans team that was playing for nothing, and there would be no trip to the playoffs in 2008.