Pop Quiz: 1994

As we prepare for the 2004 season, let's take a trivial journey back in time to an era when the Bears made the playoffs and actually won a game.

The year was 1994 and the Bears surprised everybody by sneaking into playoffs as a wild card with a 9-7 record and springing a first round upset.

It was a time of great promise for the Bears despite a humiliating second round playoff loss at San Francisco. The franchise looked to be on the upswing in coach Dave Wannstedt's second year and was showing a sincere commitment to bettering the club by brining in some accomplished veterans.

Sadly, the Wannstedt era quickly deteriorated and the Bears wouldn't make the playoffs for another seven seasons. They still haven't won a playoff game since them.

How much do you remember about 1994?

Here are 14 questions to test your memory on that renaissance campaign:

1. Who started 12 regular-season games and the two playoff games at quarterback for the 1994 Bears?
A. Erik Kramer
B. Steve Walsh
C. Rick Mirer
D. Jim Harbaugh

2. Who was the Bears third-string quarterback in 1994?
A. Shane Matthews
B. Wil Furrer
C. Peter Tom Willis
D. Steve Stenstrom

3. Who was the Bears kicker for the 1994 season?
A. Kevin Butler
B. Carlos Huerta
C. Todd Sauerbrun
D. Jeff Jaeger

4. Who was the Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback in their three games against the Bears in the 1994 season?
A. Jeff George
B. Randall Cunningham
C. Warren Moon
D. Brad Johnson

5. Who was the only Bear to post a 100-yard rushing game in 1994?
A. Raymont Harris
B. Robert Green
C. Lewis Tillman
D. Tony Carter

6. Who led the Bears in receiving, receiving yards, punt returns, punt return yards, and punt return average in 1994?
A. Jeff Graham
B. Robert Green
C. Curtis Conway
D. Terry Obee

7. Which player – currently active – led the 1994 Bears with 7.5 sacks?
A. Alonzo Spellman
B. Trace Armstrong
C. John Thierry
D. Jim Flanigan

8. What was the only quarter in which the Bears outscored their opponents in 1994?
A. First
B. Second
C. Third
D. Fourth

9. Who was the Detroit Lions starting quarterback in the Bears 20-10 win at Soldier Field Nov. 20, 1994?
A. Erik Kramer
B. Mike Tomczak
C. Scott Mitchell
D. Dave Krieg

10. Who was the Los Angeles' Rams starting quarterback in the Bears' 27-13 win at Soldier Field Dec. 18, 1994?
A. Jim Everett
B. Chris Miller
C. Tommy Maddox
D. Chris Chandler

11. Which current NFL analyst was 4 of 9 for 59 yards for the Vikings in their playoff loss to the Bears on New Year's Day 1995?
A. Sean Salisbury
B. Dan Fouts
C. Gary Danielson
D. Mark Malone

12. Name the player who registered a team high 49 receiving yards in his final NFL game in the Bears playoff loss at San Francisco Jan. 7, 1995?
A. Keith Jennings
B. Tom Waddle
C. Glen Kozlowski
D. Tim Wrightman

13. Who was the 49ers starting quarterback in the Bears playoff loss at San Francisco Jan. 7, 1995?
A. Joe Montana
B. Elvis Grbac
C. Steve Young
D. Jeff Garcia

14. Who caught the Bears only touchdown pass in the playoff loss at San Francisco Jan. 7, 1995?
A. Alonzo Spellman
B. Chris Zorich
C. Marcus Spears
D. Jim Flanigan

ANSWERS
1. B, Steve Walsh. The one-time Miami Hurricane was an efficient 208 of 343 for 2,076 yards with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions for the 1994 Bears.

2. A, Shane Matthews. The long-time backup and eventual starter carried the clipboard and wore the visor all season for the Bears. After going 13 of 22 for 107 yards and one touchdown in the preseason, Matthews did not take one snap during the regular season.

3. A, Kevin Butler. "Butthead" converted 21 of 29 field goal attempts and nailed all 24 extra-point attempts in rolling up a team-high 87 points in his second to last season with the team.

4. C, Warren Moon. In three games against Chicago, Moon threw for five touchdowns and three interceptions in leading the Vikes to two victories.

5. C, Lewis Tillman. The veteran out of Jackson State ran for 100 yards against New Orleans Oct. 9 and 126 yards against Tampa Bay Nov. 6.

6. A, Jeff Graham. The Ohio State product turned in a team-high 68 catches, 944 receiving yards, 15 punt returns, 140 punt return yards and a 9.3 punt return average.

7. B, Trace Armstrong. In his last season with the Bears, Armstrong recorded 60 tackles, 7.5 of which were sacks.

8. D, Fourth. The Bears were outscored 44-40 in the first quarter, 116-61 in the second, 67-61 in the third and 6-3 in overtime. Chicago held a 106-74 edge over foes in the fourth quarter.

9. D, Dave Krieg. The future Bear, pressed into service because of an injury to Scott Mitchell, was 11 of 21 for 148 yards with one touchdown for the Lions.

10. D, Chris Chandler. The future Bear was 8 of 13 for 145 yard s and ran for a touchdown as the Rams starting quarterback.

11. A, Sean Salisbury. The current ESPN commentator mopped up for Warren Moon after the Bears had the upset in hand.

12. B, Tommy Waddle. The current WGN Radio sportstalk show host needed three catches to pile up those 49 yards. Waddle 25 passes in the regular season.

13. C, Steve Young. The left-hander was 16 of 22 for 143 yards, a touchdown and a touchdown run as the 49ers pasted the Bears 44-15.

14. D, Jim Flanigan. That wacky Wannstedt employed Flanigan as a receiver near the goal line and the trickery turned into a 2-yard TD pass from Kramer in the fourth quarter.


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