Chicago (8-6) plays its first game at Arizona (5-9) since the infamous 2006 Dennis Green meltdown.
The Bears returned two fumbles and punt for touchdowns to turn a 20-point, second-half deficit into a 24-23 win. The victory propelled Chicago to a stellar season and Super Bowl berth.
“The Bears are who we thought they were, and we let them off the hook,” Green, then the Cardinals’ head coach, shouted in the ensuing news conference. “If you want to crown them, then crown their ...”
The Bears and Cardinals shared Chicago from 1921-1959 before the Cardinals bolted for St. Louis (1960) and later Arizona (1988).
GAME OF THE DAY
Bengals (8-6) at Steelers (7-7). Cincinnati can earn a playoff spot and knock out their AFC North Division rival with a win. Pittsburgh can stay alive and earn a playoff tiebreaker with a regular-season sweep over the Bengals with a win. Cincinnati has won last four road games, while Pittsburgh has beaten the Bengals three straight at home in December.
- Minnesota LB Chad Greenway leads the NFL in tackles with 140.
- Buffalo TE Scott Chandler needs eight receptions to become the third Bills tight end to reach 50 in a season.
- N.Y. Jets RB Shonn Greene needs 49 rushing yards to reach 1,000 for second consecutive season.
- Tennessee DT Karl Klug has three sacks this season.
- Carolina S Charles Godfrey ranks fifth on the team with 63 tackles.
ON THE TUBE
- Titans at Packers, noon, KGAN
- Vikings at Texans, noon, KFXA
- Bears at Cardinals, 3:05 p.m., KFXA
- 49ers at Seahawks, 7:20 p.m., KWWL