As we rejoice over Justin Fields’ recent performance against the Detroit Lions and the news that he will be the starting quarterback for good, we can’t forget about how we got here. All the decades of shuffling mediocre quarterback after mediocre quarterback in and out of Halas Hall. Remember when Kordell Stewart played for the Bears? In all fairness to Kordell, it’s not his fault that his brief time with the Bears came with his best days behind him.
Let’s get ready for the Bears and Raiders by reliving an exciting come-from-behind Bears victory against the Raiders at Soldier Field on October 5, 2003!
Coming off an embarrassing 38-23 loss to Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football in the first game at the newly renovated Soldier Field, it looked like the Bears were on their way to another clunker against the Raiders in Week 5 of the 2003 season.
A Zack Crockett touchdown (and a failed extra-point attempt) and four Sebastian Janikowski field goals helped power the Raiders to an 18-3 lead at halftime. All the Kordell Stewart-led Bears offense could muster up in the first half was a Paul Edinger field goal late in the second quarter.
Edinger would add another field goal in the third quarter to make it an 18-6 Oakland lead heading into the fourth quarter, where the real fun started. Let’s check out the highlights!
That’s back-to-back weeks in which we’ve watched R.W. McQuarters come up big-time in a Bears comeback win here in our ‘Bears Rewind’ feature! The same goes for Marty Booker, who we saw catch a touchdown pass from Cade McNown in last week’s revisit of the Bears stunning the Lions on Christmas Eve 2000.
In this Bears victory, Anthony Thomas had a big game, racking up 123 yards on 22 carries (5.59 YPC) but failing to punch it into the end zone. The A-Train was awesome. In that Monday night clunker the week prior, he was pretty good too (100 yards on 13 carries)!