53rd Most Memorable Chicago Bears Game

53rd Most Memorable Chicago Bears Game since 1979

Bears 35, Packers 7: December 23, 2007

The 5-9 Bears were going nowhere, and the shockingly good 12-2 Packers were playing to lock up homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.  The Bears had lost so much hope, in fact, that they decided to start 2006 castoff quarterback Kyle Orton for the first time since the 2005 season, when he left the field as a disappointment.

The Bears held a 6-0 lead in the second quarter, when surprising Packer runner Ryan Grant ripped off a 66-yard touchdown run to give Green Bay a 7-6 lead.  This seemed to be how so many other Bear losses to the Packers started.  But it was not to be on this day.

Following Grant’s run, the Bears scored 29 unanswered points to shock (and sweep for the season) Green Bay.  The Packers finished the year 13-3, with two of their three losses coming at the hands of the Bears.  Who could forget the Chicago defense harassing Brett Favre all day.  The harassment and scoring culminated with an 85-yard touchdown return of a Favre interception by Bear linebacker Brian Urlacher.  Favre would later call it the coldest game he ever played in.  Temperatures hovered below 20 degrees all day, but a whipping Lake Michigan wind kept the wind chill far below that.

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