Remembering "The Fog Bowl"

Editor’s Note: With Monday night’s Bears-Eagles showdown looming just a few days away, we take a look back at what has to be the most memorable matchup between these two teams.

Back on New Year’s Eve in 1988 the Bears and Eagles squared off in an NFC Wild Card Game. Though the Eagles were on the road, many felt they possessed a superior roster that could down Chicago. And who knows, maybe that’s all true. But with the Eagles trailing midway through the second quarter, a dense fog rolled over Soldier Field, severely limiting visibility. The game became a farce, with players struggling to see more than 10 yards ahead of themselves.

As for the fans at home, watching the game on television became near impossible, but play was never stopped.

While scarred Eagles fans contend that had the fog never surfaced outcome would have been different. But Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham still threw for 407 yards. It wasn’t the fog–it was the Eagles own ineptitude that kept them out of the end zone as they eventually fell to Chicago, 20-12, and were eliminated from the postseason.

As I watch the footage of this game, I can only thank God I was a three-year-old
at the time and have absolutely no recollection of it. The highlights are ahead.

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