Monsters of Midway

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the 1941 championship game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants. Before the Super Bowl was established in 1967, the NFL championship game was simply called the NFL Championship. So on December 21st, 1941, just 2 weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Western Division Champion Bears and the Eastern Division Champion Giants faced off at Wrigley Field to decide the NFL Championship.

 

In front of a home crowd of 13,341 fans, the “Monsters of Midway” Bears would defeat the Giants by a score of 37-9. The victory would be the Bears’ 2nd consecutive NFL Championship and the second of four championships in six years. Aside from starting a Bears dynasty, a fun fact also came out of this championship game. When Bears kicker Ray McLean kicked the final extra point of the 4th quarter, he became the last player in NFL history to drop kick an extra point in the postseason (Doug Flutie drop kicked an extra point in 2005, but it was in the regular season).

 

 

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This Day in History: 1942 NFL Championship

                               

The 1942 NFL Championship game was played on December 13, 1942 at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. This NFL Championship game was between the undefeated Chicago Bears and the Washington Redskins. The Chicago Bears, led by quarterback Sid Luckman, were co-coached by Hunk Anderson and Luke Johnsos after George Halas had entered the U.S. Navy. The Washington Redskins were led by coach Ray Flaherty and quaterback Sammy Baugh.

The Redskins defeated the Bears 14-6. Just two years earlier, the Bears had crushed the Redskins 73-0 in the title game. Sweet revenge? Perhaps.      

                                            

 

December 13, 2011 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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A little Chicago Bears History

                               

The Chicago Bears are in Philadelphia tonight for their game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Mitchell & Ness welcomes the Bears to Philadelphia. Below are some facts about the team that you may or may not know. And of course we couldn't leave out the Super Bowl Shuffle!

The 1940s was a fabulous decade for the Chicago Bears. How many NFL Championships did they win during that time?

The Bears won 4 NFL Championships in that decade. In 1940, the Bears beat the Redskins 73-0. In 1941, they beat the Giants 37-9. In 1943 versus the Redskins 41-21, and in 1946 versus the Giants 24-14. The Bears were in the championship game in 1942, however, they were defeated by the Washington Redskins 14-6.

From 1919-2002, which stadiums did the Chicago Bears call their home field?

Staley Field was home for the Bears from 1919-1920, Wrigley Field from 1921-1970, Soldier Field from 1971-2001. The Bears played at Memorial Stadium for the 2002 season while Soldier Field was being renovated. 

                                            

Who led the Bears in receptions in 1986?

Willie Gault. Willie Gault was the first wide receiver to lead the Bears in receptions since James Scott in 1977. 

Which Chicago Bear player was NFL Rookie of the Year in 1961?

Mike Ditka. Ditka was the first round, fifth pick of the Bears in 1961 out of the University of Pittsburgh.

                              

Who was the first Chicago Bear to score more than 1000 points in his career?

Kevin Butler. Butler achieved this with his first quarter field goal against the New England Patriots in December 1994.

Which team recorded the "Super Bowl Shuffle"?

The 1985 Chicago Bears!  We've posted this video in the past, but it is just so great, we had to post it again. 

                              

 

                            

November 7, 2011 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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Chicago Bears: 3-0

Earlier this week, we featured the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers and some of our favorite jerseys.  This time, we turn our attention to the Bears!  Along with the Steelers and Chiefs, the Chicago Bears have jumped off to a quick start...will they remain unbeaten after playing the Giants on Sunday?  Whether they win or lose, our classic jerseys never change.  Some of our favorites are below.  Check them out!

 

 

We also have new Bears track jackets, hoodies, tees and hats now available! Check them out here.

October 1, 2010 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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One League Becomes Two

At the end of the NFL's regular season in 1932, the Chicago Bears and Portsmouth Spartans were tied for first place.  As a result, the two teams met for the first ever post season game in NFL history in a one game playoff to determine who was the 1932 champion.  Due to weather conditions the game was not able to be played at Wrigley Field.  It was moved indoors to be played on a modified field that was far from regulation size.  The end zones were smaller and the sidelines were butting up against the stands.  The Bears would shut out the Spartans 9 - 0, although there was some disputing over the only touchdown of the game.


This game would mark the beginning of a new era in professional football.  The following season the league was divided into two divisions in July of 1933, where the winner of each division would play one another in a championship game to determine the league champion.  Because of the cramped conditions of the 1932 championship game more rules were also set to change for the '33 season, such as the use of hashmarks as well as the placement of the goal posts.  By February of 1933 the NFL discontinued the use of the Collegiate Rules Book developing rules of their own.  One of the most significant changes was that of the forward pass.  The pass was now allowed to be made anywhere behind the scrimmage line rather than having to be five yards behind the scrimmage line.

On December 13, 1933, the Chicago Bears defeated the New York Giants 23 -21 in the first official NFL Championship game.

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