For the better part of the last two decades, the Bears and Patriots have matched up only every four seasons. So the depth of their domination (New England over Chicago) isn’t quite as embarrassing as it is with, say, the Packers.
Of course, the Patriots have had Bill Belichick and Tom Brady for most of that time, so it’s still not much of contest. In fact, the Bears have not beaten the Patriots since December 10, 2000. Looking at that stat this afternoon, I looked to my left at my younger brother, who was born in June of 2000, and realizing that the Bears have one win over the Patriots in his life was unsettling.
Let’s take it a step further. The Bears’ 24-17 win over the Drew Bledsoe-led Pats was the only win over New England since Super Bowl XX and the only regular season win over New England since September 15, 1985.
So, the Bears have won only one regular season game against the Patriots in the last 36 years, and they have never beaten them outside of Soldier Field (save for the Super Bowl).
With that said, today’s Rewind will feature that only regular-season victory over the Patriots in the last three-plus decades.
Shane Matthews out-dueled Drew Bledsoe, completing 22-of-27 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns, while James Allen rushed for 97 yards and scored and the ground and through the air for the Bears. Eddie Kennison caught eight passes for 100 yards and a touchdown.
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