44th Most Memorable Chicago Bears Game since 1979
Bears 29, Colts 13: September 7, 2008
NBC billed the opening Sunday Night Football matchup of the 2008 season as a rematch of the 2006 Super Bowl, won by the Colts. Many Bears followers simply yawned, not thinking the Bears led by quarterback Kyle Orton would have a chance of matching up against Peyton Manning and crew.
Aside from an exciting 50-yard rushing touchdown by rookie running back Matt Forte, the first half was mostly a grudge match. Outside of Forte’s run, the most exciting event was the Bears defensive line stuffing Colt back Joseph Addai in his own end zone for a safety. These points along with two Robbie Gould field goals gave the Bears a 15-6 halftime lead.
An amazing Bears defensive resurgence continued in the second half, capped by Lance Briggs returning a fumble for a touchdown. To the shock of many, the Bears christened the opening of Lucas Oil Stadium with a 29-13 defeat of their hosts.