I think as a fan base we are officially allowed to gloat tonight. It has been four painful years since the Chicago Bears last made the playoffs and Super Bowl, and the drought of the playoffs has ended tonight thanks to a commanding 40-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
There are many “experts” that will find reasons why the Chicago Bears were lucky to win the division, but the bottom line is that when this team has needed to win big games, it has done so. Tonight was another example of this team coming together at an important time.
It didn’t look good at the beginning. The ageless wonder Brett Favre led the Vikings right down the field and into the end-zone on the Vikings’ first possession. After that, the Chicago Bears regrouped and took the game over. The key play coming on a 67-yard strike to Johnny Knox after the Chicago Bears were called for two consecutive holding penalties. That made the score 10-7, and the Chicago Bears never looked back.
[picappgallerysingle id="9520028"]Northwestern product Corey Wootton ended Brett Farve’s night on a sack in the second quarter, and Joe Webb, while he made some plays with his legs, wasn’t up to the test as the Vikings quarterback.
[picappgallerysingle id="10412487"]Devin Hester broke the NFL record for kickoff returns for touchdown tonight as well. While he almost took a kick-off to the house, he followed up that act with a 64-yard return for a touchdown. I’ve been a Bears fan for a long time, and Hester is the most exciting player I have ever seen. He’s can’t-miss football. Additionally, Hester also had a receiving touchdown.
With two weeks left in the season, the Chicago Bears control their own destiny for playoff position. They hold the tie-breaker with the NFC East leading Philadelphia Eagles, so they need to finish strong to secure a first round bye.
I will have much more this week on the Chicago Bears, but for right now, let’s enjoy this one.
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