The good old Monday Night crew put together a terrific opening for the Halloween game between the oldest rivals in the NFL, the Green Bay Packers visiting the Chicago Bears. Join me in a trip down memory lane:
The Bears were 4-3 while the hated rival Green Bay Packers were just 3-4, both trailing the division leading Vikings??? It was the night the Bears finally retired the numbers of Hall of Famers Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers, but Mother Nature didn’t cooperate with a driving downpour throughout most of the night.
Here’s a boxscore from that fateful night.
The Chicago Tribune summed up the night well with a few paragraphs:
The Bears performed true to Monday night form in treacherous, rain-swept conditions. The Bears are now 12-25 in front of a national Monday night television audience. They have lost their last four home games on Monday nights, and their last seven overall.
The Packers improved to 4-4 on a raw night on which winds gusted up to 36 m.p.h. and temperatures dipped into the upper 30s. There were 19,563 no-shows; only 47,381 fans braved the elements.
The Bears are tied for second in the NFC Central with the Packers and Lions at 4-4. Minnesota leads at 6-2. The Bears are only 1-3 in division games. The Packers are 3-1 in the NFC Central in an important tiebreaker.
The Bears actually bounced back to earn a Wild Card spot with a 9-7 record and beat the Vikings in the Wild Card round before getting destroyed by the 49ers in the Divisional Round game the next week.
The Bears have improved their prime time performance since 1994, but head into Monday Night’s matchup having lost six straight to the Packers.