55th Most Memorable Chicago Bears Game since 1979
Bears 13, Panthers 3: November 20, 2005
The Bears were surprising the NFL, riding a five-game winning streak, sitting with a record of 6-3 after having started the season 1-3. But the Panthers had equaled the Bears’ dominance to that point, coming into the contest with a six-game winning streak and a record of 7-2.
Bears rookie quarterback Kyle Orton, subbing for Rex Grossman most of the regular season, passed for only 136 yards with one touchdown and one interception the entire game, and the Bears defeated the Panthers 13-3. The real story of the game was the Bear defense. Cornerback Nathan Vasher, on his way to the Pro Bowl in only his second year, intercepted Delhomme twice. The picks were the result of a ferocious pass rush that sacked the quarterback eight times on the day, led by defensive end Adawale Ogunelye’s three.
The victory would bring false hope to Chicago, who behind Rex Grossman would lose a stunner to the Panthers in the 2005 divisional playoff at Soldier Field.