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Flashback #72: Bears Play In Super Bowl XLI (2007)

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Devin Hester returns the opening kickoff 92-yards for a touchdown past a diving Adam Vinatieri. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Devin Hester returns the opening kickoff 92-yards for a touchdown past a diving Adam Vinatieri. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/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.

February 4, 2007 – Bears play in Super Bowl XLI

For the first time since the 1985 season, the Chicago Bears found themselves under the national spotlight in Super Bowl XLI.

Their opponent? The Indianapolis Colts, fresh off a win against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship. This was the Colts’ first trip to the Super Bowl in 36 years.

The game opened up in dramatic fashion as the Bears rookie return special Devin Hester took the opening kick off 92 yards to score the game’s first touchdown.

On Indianapolis’ first drive, safety Chris Harris intercepted a deep, third-down pass from Peyton Manning, returning the interception to the Bears’ 35-yard line. The Bears, however, would not gain a first down on their ensuing possession and were forced to punt.

Later in the quarter, Reggie Wayne caught a wide-open, 53-yard pass from Manning. Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri missed the extra point, keeping the Bears up, 7-6.

To close out the first quarter, Bears wide out Muhsin Muhammad caught a 4-yard pass from Rex Grossman to put the Bears up, 14-6.

The Colts would add 10 points in the second quarter on a 29-yard field goal and 1-yard TD run from Dominic Rhodes. The late touchdown put the Colts up 16-14 for the first time in the game.

The Bears would score only once more on a 44-yard Field goal from Robbie Gould late in the third quarter, as the Colts went on to win, 29-17. The team did have opportunities to score, but Grossman’s two interceptions and three team fumbles proved to be costly.

Manning took home the MVP award after completing 25-of-38 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown, with one interception for a passer rating of 81.8.

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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