With the Bears heading to MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Giants tomorrow, we’re going to re-live one of my favorite moments in Bears history and one of the more notable games against the Giants as far back as I can remember.
The Bears entered the Meadowlands 7-1, and despite a strong effort from Tiki Barber (141 yards on 19 carries), they left with an 8-1 record.
Rex Grossman struggled the entire first half, but finished the game 18-of-30 with 246 passing yards and a trio of touchdowns to Mark Bradley, Muhsin Muhammad, and Desmond Clark in a 38-20 victory over the Giants.
The excitement in this game didn’t come from Grossman’s three-touchdown performance or Tiki Barber’s big game on the ground for New York. It came courtesy of the most exciting player of that era of Bears football, Devin Hester.
With the Giants trailing 24-20 early in the fourth quarter Jay Feely, who had already drilled a couple of field goals, had a chance to cut the Chicago lead down to just one.
Instead, Feely missed the kick short, and Devin Hester ran it back 108 yards for a back-breaking touchdown that sealed the deal on that night.
“I probably would have downed it if I saw defenders coming at me,” said Hester, who returned punts of 84 and 83 yards for TDs earlier this season. “It seemed like all of them were walking off the field like it was over. So I decided to take it out. It surprised me.”
Here’s a look at Hester’s electrifying return: