Rodgers or not, Bears made history Monday

Has your afterglow faded from Monday night's historic Bears win? Seriously, put some pants on. Or at least throw on a robe. And yes, I said "historic."

I searched through Pro-Football-Reference.com to find a Bears-Packers game where Chicago was a bigger underdog and pulled off the upset. The site's Vegas line data goes back to 1978, and no Bears win over Green Bay since then had a steeper line than Monday's Green Bay -10.5. Ever.

So if you feel like your exuberation should be muted because the Bears did it against Seneca Wallace and not Aaron Rodgers, history's still history, man.

Only a handful of games in the past 30 years are comparable. On Oct. 10, 1999, the Bears were 13-point dogs for a game in Minnesota and won 24-22. In 2003, the 10.5-point dog Bears won at Denver, but AFC games don't pack the same vicarious punch.

On Christmas Eve 2000, Michigan State grad and weird-windup kicker Paul Edinger grinched Detroit with a 54-yard field goal that led the 10-point underdog Bears to a 23-20 win, stealing a playoff berth from the Lions and making my heart grow three sizes that day.

The closest DNA match to Monday had much more of an emotional rush: Nov. 7, 1999. Fourteen years ago today, the first Bears game after Walter "Sweetness" Payton passed away at age 45. Those nine-point underdog Bears fought like warrior-poets; they fought like Scotsmen.

As they clung to a 14-13 lead, Brett Favre led the Pack 73 yards in 3 minutes to set up a 28-yard chip shot. But 300-pound lineman Bryan Robinson jumped the jump of his life and blocked the sure thing. "I think Walter Payton actually picked me up," Robinson said, "because I know I can't jump that high." I'm pretty sure Chicago got really, really dusty that evening.

Delight in the fact that Monday night turned the NFC North standings into a game of Rock-Paper-Scissors-Vikings (hint: everything beats Vikings), even if you can't delight in the circumstances. And know it was absolutely the most soul-crushing loss to Chicago that Packers fans have felt in a generation.

Also, ask for one of those foam cheese grater hats for Christmas. You'll want it for the rematch Dec. 29. Unbelievably and improbably, this season is back on.

RedEye special contributor Alex Quigley can be heard on WGN Radio 720.

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