ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio listed the four worst moments in Bears history since the last work stoppage in 1987. Before you finish asking yourself, “how do you narrow it down to just four?” check out this clip:
Generally, I like Florio and think he does a decent job, but you have to ask, was this guy in a grunge-induced coma for the 90’s? It’s the decade I refer to as the Dark Ages of Chicago Bears football. Let’s consider that all of those lowlights are playoff games. Expectations were high, but all in all, those were winning seasons in an era where there weren’t nearly as many as there should have been for this proud franchise. What about all the years when the Bears failed to make the playoffs? What about some other miserable moments in Bears history since 1987? Check out some of my all-time lowlights after the jump…
The Replay Game
This was a classic Bears-Packers matchup that the Bears had in hand until instant replay screwed them. Years after, that game was denoted with an asterisk in the Bears media guide. Don Majkowski was over the line!
Halloween Night Halloween Washout
Another Bears Packers game, this one a Monday Night Football game in which legends Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus had their jerseys retired. Brett Favre and the Packers routed the Bears in this washout game. Besides, Steve McMichael in the Green and Gold? The horror!
The Entire Dave Wannsted Era
A 40-56 record with zero division titles and 1 playoff win. I have never been able to wear a mustache since. Can you name one star player that the Bears drafted in this era? (And no, Chris Zorich does not count!) Wanny was finally put out of his misery as Bears coach following back-to-back 4-12 seasons.
Bernard Berrian 99-yard TD
This play is one that is just so typical bad Bears football. They let their #1 receiver go to the Vikings via Free Agency (and for the record, I’m glad they didn’t overpay him and let him walk for that kind of cash) and he burns Lovie Smith’s Cover-2 defense for a 99-yard TD reception when the Bears special teams pinned the Vikings back on their own 1.
None of these take into account the heartbreaking playoff losses at the hands of the Eagles in the 2002 playoffs where the Hugh Douglas re-arranged Jim Miller’s shoulder for him or the playoff game in 2006 when Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers single-handedly dismantled the Bears secondary and knocked the Bears out of the playoffs.
Is there a particular game or play that stands out as one of the worst moments since ’87? Hit it up in the Comments.