Memories – The Way We Were

Well the game started off in Green Bay’s favor – 7-0. Then with a blink of an eye, it was 14-0. It seemed as if our offense was not trying hard enough to win the fight to make it to the Superbowl.

Then after screaming and looking at the clock, it was half-time. Our QB was injured. I figured that he just had a  bloody elbow, no big deal.

Then with half-time almost over, and ready to watch the game again and prepare for the Bears to start kicking butt; they announce that Cutler had an injured knee? When the hell did that happen? He would not play the remaining of the game.

The seldom used Collins lasted two possessions before third-stringer Hanie came on, and that’s when the Bears got going.  An undrafted free agent out of Colorado State in 2008, he led the Bears on two fourth-quarter touchdown drives but also got picked off twice. B.J. Raji returned the first 18 yards for a touchdown, and Sam Shields sealed the win with an interception in the final minute.

The final score of the game was 21-14.

These teams had met 181 times and never had the stakes been higher.

Only once had they played in the postseason, with the Bears winning at Wrigley Field in 1941, a week after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

If only it was still 1941.

Timothy Tracy