9th Most Memorable Chicago Bears Game

9th Most Memorable Chicago Bears Game Since 1979

Bears 27, Seahawks 24: NFC Divisional Playoff: January 14, 2007

This would be the third divisional playoff game the Bears would host in the decade.  The first two ended in shocking Bears losses, so no one questioned Bear fans’ concern prior to this game.  The Seahawks were the defending NFC Champs, led by Mike Holmgren, but the Bears had trounced the visitors on national TV earlier in the 2006 season.  The stage was set for the Bears’ biggest game since the 1988 NFC Championship, as this time around Chicago held home field advantage throughout the playoffs.  But that wouldn’t matter if they couldn’t win in the elusive divisional round.

The Bears scored first on a nine-yard rush by running back Thomas Jones.  The Seahawks answered on a touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck to Nate Burleson.  In the second quarter the crowd erupted after a 68-yard touchdown strike from Rex Grossman to Bernard Berrian down the middle of the field, but the Seahawks answered again with a Shaun Alexander touchdown run.  But the Bears went up again before halftime on Jones’ second touchdown of the game, and Chicago led 21-14 at the break.

The third quarter did not go the Bears’ way, however.  Seattle tied the score on Alexander’s second touchdown rush, then they tacked on a field goal to lead the Bears 24-21.  With the Bear offense seemingly stalled in the second half, things were again looking grim for the home team in the playoffs.

However, with the help of several huge defensive stops, most notably by linebacker Lance Briggs, the Bears were able to hold, and reliable Robbie Gould kicked the tying 41-yard field goal late in the game.

In overtime, receiver Rashied Davis perhaps saved the game by diving to catch a long pass from Grossman, which eventually set up a 49-yard field goal try by Gould to win the game.  Over his two-year Bears career, Gould was nearly automatic in close, but Chicago rarely gave him attempts past 45 yards.  With the dream season on the line, Gould nailed the kick, winning the Bears their first home playoff game since 1990 and only the third since 1986.  The Bears would go on to host the New Orleans Saints in their first NFC Championship appearance in 18 years.

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