I remember that night like it was yesterday. That was perhaps the worst played football contest ever by a team who wound up winning the game. I remember when we were down like 20-3 in the 3rd Quarter or something like that, and all the sudden, Matt Leinart starts turning the ball over like Grossman. And, who can forget the punt return for a touchdown by Hester??? The botched field goal by the Cardinals? There were so many elements in which luck played a decisive factor in our win that it wasn't even funny. Kudos, Aenir, for resurrecting this memory from, what? Five years ago?
We had one ugly win this year...the Carolina game. But that game couldn't compare to the Cardinals game of 2006. I don't think I've ever seen play like such shit and still hold on to win. I have seen football games at all levels of play (high school, major college football, and of course Bears games) where what happened on that particular night would have gotten a team that turned the ball over that many times blown out by forty or fifty points. We had nothing that night on offense. That should have been the initial warning that Rex Grossman would ultimately cost the Bears a shot at true greatness that year. Unfortunately, we would see his fuck ups on three occasions that year cost us chances at winning most all of our games (Miami, New England, and Green Bay). Then there was the Super Bowl, where I believe he was responsible for like five turnovers out of the six we had. I'm not saying that we would have won the Super Bowl that year if Grossman had at least managed the offense like he did in the NFC Championship Game because the defense couldn't stop Peyton Manning's short passing attack due to a lack of pressure, but the game would have at least been closer and could have possibly been won. I still think that the key difference in that game - the quality of the two quarterbacks - doomed the Bears in the end.