Shades of the 1979 Chicago Bears

Yesterday I focused on the frustration of the Chicago Bears’ situation-in all likelihood they will not make the playoffs in 2008.

However, it’s possible.  Anything’s possible.  If the Vikings lose to the Falcons and Giants at home, if the real Tavaris Jackson returns to the field, it’s a possibility.  Then of course the Bears would have to win out, including to a resurgent Houston Texans team on the road.

Reminds me a bit of the 1979 Chicago Bears.  You all remember them, right?  They had lost 3 of their first 5 games, but finished strong.  In the final week of the season, all kinds of crazy combinations of things had to happen for the Bears to clinch the wildcard.  The Bears had to beat the St. Louis (yes, the St. Louis) Cardinals, and the Washington Redskins had to lose to the Dallas Cowboys.

And to top it all off, the combined point differential between the Bears-Cards-Redskins-Cowboys had to be 35 points in the Bears’ favor.

It worked, when the Bears beat St. Louis 42-6 and the Cowboys came back from a huge deficit to defeat the Redskins.

So it can happen.  But alas, in 1979, all that effort just got the Bears smoked in the first round of the playoffs.

3 Responses to “Shades of the 1979 Chicago Bears”

  1. I was only two in 1979. Weren’t the Beqars hosed on a call that nullified a long Payton run in that playoff game?

  2. History is also on our side with the Vikings. If only this fine moment in Viking history happens again

  3. JDM-Yes-I was 8 when I watched that playoff game. Payton dashed 84 yards for a touchdown, but it was called back on a BS Illegal Motion penalty called on Brian Baschnagel. That was the beginning of the end of that game for the Bears.

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