Sunday was what I like to call a Trifecta. A Bears win, and losses by the Packers and the other team in our division that is a threat, which this year is the Lions. This one was a Super-Duper Trifecta. Because of the weather, I was able to watch the other games. While ours was in a tornado delay, I caught the Lions getting pounced on by the Steelers. Then our game was back on, caught that awesome, nail-biting, OT win at home, then was able to catch the end of the Packers getting beat by the Giants, (thanks Dave.)
After last week, us Bears fans were pretty bummed. Now, I think we have another shot. At this rate, we can sit back on Turkey day, stuff our faces and do something which almost feels sacrilegious, root for the Pack to beat the Lions, to put us comfortably on top of the division, ideally.
Yes, our run defense stinks, but there is something I’m starting to notice lately, something I haven’t noticed since Urlacher has been gone. It’s our defense’s culture starting to return. It’s the Monsters of the Midway culture. It’s our ball hawking defense and the camaraderie and cohesiveness that makes it happen. It’s everyone on the team coming up and congratulating you when you sack the QB or get a tackle for loss. It’s the encouragement that gets results, whether it be a pick 6, or a teammate coming and patting you on the back, even when you were unable to make the play.
It’s basically just everyone having each other’s back. It’s the whole “we’re in this together” mentality, and it’s capable of moving mountains. Detroit’s Peak and Mt. Green Bay can be pretty hard to climb, much less move. It looked even better yesterday covered in mud. Throw a bunch of rookies out on the field because of injuries and tell them they have a rich history to preserve. Eventually they realize that they can also become said history. They have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be one of the elite, a Chicago Bear, a Monster of the Midway.
The fans showed up for this one big time. They were instructed by Soldier Field staff to go out into the concourse or to their cars or wherever for two hours because of a tornado moving through the area and almost all of them came back, in all kinds of continuing bad weather. When they did, they made noise. They were into it. The weather was good last week against the Lions and they were too quiet. Last week, I was mad about their lack of involvement. I have forgiven them now. I’m just taking a wild guess, but maybe they were drinking a little during the game delay. Regardless, the 4th Phase did its own part in our victory.