Top Ten Bears Games Part 1

September 20, 2022  (11:39)

We all have that one game that sticks out to us, and over our 100-year history, there's been quite a few memorable moments. This is a list of the top ten moments in Bears Games.

10. The Thursday Night comeback at Minnesota (Sept. 19, 1985)
Mike Ditka wasn't going to play Jim McMahon, who'd been unable to practice all week because of a pinched nerve. McMahon kept in Ditka's ear, and with the Bears down 17-9 in the third quarter, the head coach inserted McMahon, who threw a 70-yard TD to Willie Gault on his first play, a 25-yard score to Dennis McKinnon on his second, and added a second to McKinnon, all in the span of fewer than seven minutes. The Bears pulled out a 33-24 win over the Vikings en route to a 15-1 regular season mark.
9. Gale Sayers scores 6 TDs in the mud (Dec 12, 1965)
The Kansas Comet, who would score a record 22 TDs as a rookie in '65, ran around and through the San Francisco 49ers for four rushing TDs covering 113 total yards, one receiving TD and 89 receiving yards, and an 85-yard punt return for a TD. Perhaps the greatest single performance by a running back in league history.
8. Mike Ditka returns to Chicago as Bears coach (Jan. 19, 1982)
Richard Dent once said Ditka was the reason the Bears won a Super Bowl and the reason they didn't win three. But Papa Bear hired him to restore the Bears to the personality and greatness that had faded since '63, and Ditka did every bit of that.
7. The Super Bowl Shuffle (Dec. 1985)
This happened off the field, obviously, but the music recording sold millions, followed by the video that remains a signature moment that helped weave history's single greatest football team even more into the American culture.
6. Walter Payton is born (1954) and drafted (1975)
A paired entry for the greatest Bear of all time, when he came into the world and when he came to Chicago.
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