45th Most Memorable Chicago Bears Game since 1979
Bears 21, Packers 10: September 19, 2004
Chicago had hired a new coach, Lovie Smith, and offensive coordinator, Terry Shea, prior to the 2004 season. Smith’s defense was planned to be an attacking, sack and turnover-driven unit much different than his predecessor’s. On the offense, Shea promised to mimic both Gene Saunders’ and Mike Martz’ high-flying schemes, resulting in many points scored for the Bears and not many given up.
The first week of the 2004 season was disappointing when the Bears handed the Detroit Lions their first road win in more than a season. At Green Bay in the second week of the season, hopes were not high among Bears fans. But for one week, everything worked.
The Bears took a 21-3 lead in this game and never looked back. Rex Grossman efficiently ran Shea’s offense, Thomas Jones rushed for 154 yards and a touchdown, and the defense played tough. Mike Brown returned a Brian Urlacher-forced fumble 95 yards for a touchdown, and the Packers were humiliated.
Unfortunately the Bears would finish 5-11 while the Packers won the division in 2004. But it was fun to watch for one week.