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Flashback #69: Devin Hester, Dennis Green Arizona Game (2006)

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Devin Hester returns a kick 83 yards for a game-winning touchdown  against the Arizona Cardinals Oct. 16, 2006. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Devin Hester returns a kick 83 yards for a game-winning touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals Oct. 16, 2006. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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As of 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary on January 3rd, the station has begun to reveal (in chronological order) the Top 100 Chicago Sports Stories that have occurred since they first went on the air 20 years ago. Once all 100 of these “flashbacks” have been revealed, fans will be able to vote for which stories they believe are the most significant in the 20 year history of The Score. To see all of the Flashbacks that The Score has posted so far, please visit 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary page.

October 16, 2006 – Devin Hester, Dennis Green Arizona game

With minutes to play in the third quarter, the Bears trailed the Cardinals, 23-3 and their 5-0 record appeared to be in jeopardy.

But that’s when the Bears staged a miraculous comeback, scoring three touchdowns in the final 15:02 for a 24-23 victory, without their offense scoring a single touchdown.

It started when Cardinals quarterback Matt Lienart fumbled the ball with two seconds left in the third quarter. The ball was scoop up by Bears safety Mike Brown, who ran three yards for the touchdown, making the score 23-10.

Again, with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, running Edgerrin James fumbled. Bears cornerback Charles Tillman recovered the fumble and rush 40 yards for the Bears TD, putting the Bears down six points with less than five minutes to play.

With 2:58 to play, the Bears defense forced the Cardinals to punt. Waiting to receive the punt was Bears rookie sensation Devin Hester, who took the punt 83 yards for the touchdown, putting the Bears up 24-23.

In the closing seconds, Neil Rackers missed a 40-yard field goal that would have put the Cardinals up by two points.

The loss ignited one of most-talked about coaching rants in NFL history from Cardinals coach Dennis Green.

“The Bears are who we thought they were!” he yelled in his postgame press conference. “Now, if you want to crown them, then crown (them)! But they are who they thought they were! And we let them off the hook!”


 

The Score will continue to release a new Flashback each weekday until they reach 100. Check back tomorrow for a new one, or check out all of the previous Flashbacks: 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary »

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