…1994: The NFL’s oldest rivalry returned to its wet, muddy roots.
In a Soldier Field downpour accompanied by gusting 53 mph winds, the Packers manhandled the Bears 33-6 in the 149th meeting between the two teams, and moved into a second-place tie in the NFC Central.
The kickoff temperature was 43 degrees, but the wind chill was only 10 above. The only reasonable offensive strategy was to run the ball, and the Packers — ranked 26th in the NFL in rushing prior to the game — did so beautifully. They rolled up a 223-94 advantage in rushing yards, and RB Edgar Bennett ran for 105 yards and three touchdowns.
Much of their success running came on the left side of the line, where T Ken Ruettgers, G Guy McIntyre, and C Frank Winters had little trouble with Bears DE Alonzo Spellman and DT Chris Zorich.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Packers scored two touchdowns in the second, and the rout was on. They built a 27-0 lead before the Bears got on the board thanks to backup QB Steve Walsh, who connected with Jeff Graham late in the game. By then, the Packers had taken what little crowd there was out of the game — there were almost 20,000 no-shows at kickoff, and fewer than 25,000 soaked diehards were left in the stands by the end.
Brett Favre completed only six passes for 82 yards (and was 0 for 7 until late in the third quarter), but he contributed to the running parade with a 36-yard scamper down the near sideline, diving into the end zone for the Packers’ second score.
This post was written by Citizen Dan on October 30, 2008