2007 NFC Championship
New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears
It was a cold Sunday afternoon on January 21st in Chicago when the Bears were getting ready to host the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Title Game. The Bears were coming off a gut-wrenching performance in the Divisional Round against the Seattle Seahawks with a field goal by Robbie Gould in OT to win the game, 27-24. On the other end, the Saints beat the Eagles by a field goal as well behind Reggie Bush and Deuce McAllister leading the way with 3 combined touchdowns.
Watching this game could not have been more exciting for a young 12 year old fan like me. I was so excited and decked out in all my Bears gear getting ready to watch my team with my dad in the living room at home. I could hardly hold back the eagerness for the game to start.
The Bears started off hot in the first half with 3 Robbie Gould field goals and a rushing touchdown from Thomas Jones. For the most part, the Saints did not have a whole lot going for them behind their recently red hot quarterback play from Drew Brees. The half ended 16-7.
In the second half, speedster rookie Reggie Bush came out of the gates with an 88 yard receiving touchdown from Brees to bring the game close at 16-14. From then on, one of the Bears best defenses in the franchises 87 years of existence took care of Drew Brees and the Saints offense with a safety and an interception and refused to let them score again. On the other side of the ball, Rex Grossman tossed a 33 yard touchdown to Bernard Berrian and the dual headed monster backfield of Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson combined for 2 touchdowns. The Bears got the job done and pummeled the Saints, 39-14.
This game is one of my fondest memories as a Bears fan, quite possibly due to our recent struggles in the decade following. But at the time, all of Chicago was riding that high all the way to Super Bowl XLI.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. My plan is to focus more on offseason moves, free-agency, the draft, and in season stories but at this time I’m just experimenting with writing and it seemed fitting that I write about the game that took place ten years ago today.