Thanks to the LA Rams, the Chicago Bears are in the playoffs this season. The Windy City franchise lost to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in Week 17, finishing the 2020 season with an 8-8 record.
However, since the Rams defeated the Arizona Cardinals in Week 17 at home, the Bears clinched the final Wild Card spot in the NFC and will take on the New Orleans Saints on the road. Chicago began the campaign at 5-1, then went on a six-game losing streak before going 3-1 to close out the season.
The Bears will be heavy underdogs against the Saints, who won the NFC South Division with a record of 12-4. Chicago and New Orleans played each other in Week 8. The Saints won in overtime, 26-23. However, the Bears will have Mitchell Trubisky under center this time around instead of Nick Foles.
Since Chicago will likely fall to New Orleans, it got us thinking: when was the last time the Bears franchise won a playoff game?
The 2020 Bears are fortunate to be in the playoffs
The Bears should have started the season 1-2. They luckily defeated the Detroit Lions in the season opener after the Motor City franchise blew a 23-6 lead. Chicago was also fortunate to beat the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3 behind Nick Foles, who erased a 26-10 deficit after coming in for Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter.
Matt Nagy’s group is very lucky to be in the playoffs this season. The team was a walking disaster on offense for most of the campaign and only turned things around after Nagy gave up play-calling duties to Bill Lazor and put Trubisky back in.
The Bears won the NFC North in 2018 and faced the Philadelphia Eagles at home in the Wild Card round. Chicago lost by a final score of 16-15. Cody Parkey missed the potential game-winning field goal at the end of regulation, ending the Bears’ magical season and leaving Chicago fans heartbroken.
The Bears have only six playoff wins since winning Super Bowl XX
The 1985 Bears went 15-1 during the regular season behind head coach Mike Ditka, Hall of Famer Walter Payton, and their elite defense led by Dan Hampton, William Perry, Richard Dent, and Mike Singletary. Chicago easily defeated the New York Giants and Rams in the NFC playoffs to advance to Super Bowl XX.
The New England Patriots won the AFC, but they stood no chance against the Bears. Chicago won Super Bowl XX by a final score of 46-10, with Dent winning Super Bowl MVP.
Since that Super Bowl win, the Bears have won only six games in the playoffs. They got to Super Bowl XLI under Lovie Smith but lost to Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, 29-17.
Chicago’s last playoff win was on January 16, 2011
Led by quarterback Jay Cutler, the Bears defeated the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Divisional Round on Jan. 16, 2011. Cutler threw for two touchdowns and ran for two to lead Chicago to the NFC Championship Game.
The Bears faced the Packers in the NFC title game and lost 21-14 at Soldier Field. Cutler hurt his knee and was replaced by Caleb Hanie. Green Bay won the Super Bowl that season over the Pittsburgh Steelers for Aaron Rodgers’ first and lone career title.
Barring a miracle, Jan. 16, 2011, will remain the Bears’ last playoff win. No one expects this year’s Chicago team to take down Drew Brees and the Saints next Sunday in New Orleans.