Nine years ago tonight, not even the "ghosts" summoned by the Chicago Bears could prevent the Packers from pasting their hosts 33-6 in a rain-soaked Monday Night Football game that still haunts Bears fans.
For a MNF matchup with Green Bay on Halloween night 1994, Chicago pulled out all the stops. Legendary Bears Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus addressed the team, and the pair of Hall of Famers would have their jerseys retired in a halftime ceremony. No one planned for an uninvited guest – more than 2 inches of incessant rain which drenched Chicago and turned Soldier Field into a quagmire.
By game time, the temperature was 47 degrees, the wind chill dipped into the teens, and thanks to 40-plus mile-per-hour winds, the rain was literally falling sideways. About 20,000 ticket holders had the good sense to stay home, but the teams weren't offered that option.
Conventional wisdom says that weather is the great equalizer – both teams must endure the exact same circumstances. Well, conventional wisdom must have been among the thousands of no-shows that Halloween night. The Packers played as if they were enjoying the conditions, with more than 200 yards rushing and zero turnovers. The Bears played as if they didn't know which was scarier – the weather or the Packers.
Green Bay's first touchdown came on Brett Favre's 36-yard touchdown run. The 7 points resulting from Favre's longest career sprint, (or in this case it was a slosh) would have been enough for the Pack, but they were not ready to call it a night. Edgar Bennett disregarded the conditions and ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns, then added a TD catch. Sterling Sharpe, in his last game at Soldier Field, led receiving with 3 catches for 43 yards on a night when passing was practically impossible. Also notable: running back Reggie Cobb didn't fare as well when the footing was firm, but in the monsoon game he scored the game's final touchdown with a nine-yard run.
The Bears should have known they were in for a Halloween to remember when Steve McMichael, after 13 years as a Bear, came dressed up as a Green Bay Packer.