By: Alex Patt
It still hurts…and it is going to hurt for a while.
One cannot put into words how devastating that16-15 loss to the Eagles in the playoffs was this past Sunday. A magical ride that ended to fast
and in such brutal fashion. But man, what a regular season it was. 12-4 record while running away with the NFC North title and eliminating the rival Packers at home to win that title.
It is hard to think about the good right now, but maybe it can heal some wounds for now.
Here is a top-five Bears moments from the 2018 season.
5.) Thanksgiving Victory Dinner
The Bears had come off their big win at home vs. the Vikings just a few nights prior to getting ready for a Thanksgiving Day match up against the Lions at Ford Field. Mitch Trubisky was injured in the last game, so Chase Daniel was the starting QB. A back-and-fourth game resulted in a 23-16 Bears win, giving them their first win at Ford Field since 2012 and their third-straight NFC North win. Eddie Jackson recorded the game-winning
pick-6 and Kyle Fuller picked off Matt Stafford in the end zone to seal the deal.
4.) Trubisky’s Career Day
“Fitzmagic” and the Buccaneers came to Chicago in late September as the Bears looked to go 3-1. The only QB magic that game was Mitch Trubisky, who threw six touchdown passes and 354 yards in a 48-10 blowout win at Soldier Field. Tarik Cohen had 121 receiving yards and Taylor
Gabriel had two touchdown catches.
3.) Establishing Dominance over Reigning NFC North Champs
It was mid-November, and the Bears were clinging to first place as the defending NFC North champion Vikings came to Soldier Field. At the time the Vikings were still favored by many to win the division, but the Bears essentially ran away with the NFC North after this game. The defense suffocated Kirk Cousins and his offense in a 25-20 win. While the score was close in the end, the Vikings got a garbage-time TD late which made the game seem closer than it was. Khalil Mack had an incredible strip fumble-recovery and Eddie Jackson had another pick-6.
2.) Running the Rams out of Chicago
In what was the second-biggest match up in Bears/Rams history (behind the 1985 NFC Championship game of course), the favored Rams came to Chicago on a bitterly cold December evening.One of the most feared duos in the NFL, Jared Goff and Todd Gurley were wrapped up and stopped by the fierce Bears defense. Goff threw for 180 yards with no touchdowns and was
picked off four times. Gurley was held to just 28 yards on 11 carries. Their 15-6 win established the Bears as legit among the national crowd.
1.) No Pack No
Something Bears fans had dreamed about for a very long time…beating Green Bay at home in a big game. On December 16, it finally happened. A reeling Packers team came into Soldier Field having won their last eight match ups there as the Bears were one win away from an NFC North
title. Longtime nemesis Aaron Rodgers winced throughout the entire game as the defense shut them down. Bears took the lead late on a Trey Burton touchdown pass from Trubisky and saw Eddie Jackson pick off Rodgers in the endzone with a few minutes left. Leonard Floyd essentially ended it all with a sack of Rodgers with less than 30 seconds to go. 24-17 the final score as Bears fans celebrated.