Chicago, Chicago Not A Steelers Town

Chicago is not a Steelers type of town. All time the Pittsburgh franchise is 1-10 against the Bears in Chicago dating back to October 18, 1936, when the then Pittsburgh Pirates lost 26-7 to the Bears. The Steelers were 0-10 in the windy city until Norm Johnson kicked a game winning overtime field goal on November 5, 1995 to end the streak. That game also marked the last time the Steelers have played in Chicago. In the modern NFL era, the Steelers are 1-4 against the Bears since 1969. Below is a look at those last 5 games in Chicago.

Pittsburgh Steelers 37, Chicago Bears 34 (OT) – Sunday, November 5, 1995

Steelers kicker Norm Johnson kicked a game winning 24-yard field goal 8:19 into overtime to beat the Bears 37-10. Neil O\’Donnell passed for 341 yards in the game with two touchdown passes and running back Erric Peagram added 98 total yard with three touchdowns. O\’Donnell sent the game into overtime with a 10-yard, fourth down touchdown pass to wide receiver Ernie Mills with 1:06 remaining in regulation. Bears quarterback Erik Kramer had three touchdown passes in the game.

Chicago Bears 30, Pittsburgh Steelers 6 – Sunday, December 13, 1992

The Steelers only managed one 38-yard field goal in the 30-6 loss to the Bears in what was Bears linebacker Mike Singletary\’s final home game before retiring. The Chicago defense forced three turnovers and held then NFL leading rusher, Barry Foster, to 25 yards on 12 carries. Steelers quarterback Bubby Brister was 14 for 31 in passing for 143 yards and threw two interceptions. Brister was also sacked 5 times in the game. The Bears gained 212 yards rushing while quarterback Jim Harbaugh threw for only 90 yards. Then head coach, Bill Cowher, called the loss a complete breakdown in every phase of the game for the Steelers.

Chicago Bears 13, Pittsburgh Steelers 10 (OT) – Sunday, November 30, 1986

The Bears beat the Steelers 13-10 on Kevin Butler\’s 42-yard field goal 3:55 into overtime. The come-from-behind victory gave the Bears their third NFC Central Division title in a row. Future Steeler quarterback, Mike Tomczak, completed 19 of 30 passes for 235 yards, with two interceptions. The Bears tied the score at 10 on a 96-yard drive after an interception by linebacker Mike Singletary of a Mark Malone pass. Running back Walter Payton, trying to atone for a first-half fumble near the goal line, rushed 31 times for 90 yards and scored from the 3-yard line with 8 minutes to play in regulation. The Steelers went ahead 10-3 in the third quarter on a botched field-goal attempt. Holder Harry Newsome hit tight end Preston Gothard with a 6-yard touchdown pass after getting a high snap from the center. The game was marred by mistakes and penalties from both teams had numerous personal fouls in this defensive struggle.

Chicago Bears 17, Pittsburgh Steelers 15 – Sunday, September 19, 1971

The Bears took advantage of two fumble recoveries to score 14 points in the last 4 minutes of the game to beat the Steelers 17-15. Bears second string quarterback Kent Nix hit wide receiver George Farmer for an eight yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds left for the winning score. The Steelers led 15-3 in the game, when Warren Bankston fumbled on the Steelers 30-yard line and Bears linebacker Ross Brupbacher picked it up and returned it for a touchdown. Then with 2:14 left in the game, linebacker Dick Butkus caused another Bankston fumble that defensive end Ed O\’Bradovich recovered at the Steelers 18 yard line, setting up the winning score. Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw was 10 for 24 passing for 129 yards, with 4 interceptions. Steelers kicker Roy Gerela had 3 field goals in the loss.

Chicago Bears 38, Pittsburgh Steelers 7 – Sunday, November 9, 1969

The Bears crushed the Steelers 38-7 as Bears running back Gale Sayers rushed for 112 yards on 28 carries. Sayers also had 2 touchdowns as the Bears rushed for a total of 272 yards as a team on the day. The Bears held the Steelers to just 31 yards rushing and net 55 yards passing. The net 55 yards passing all came in the second half as the Bears defense blanketed the Pittsburgh receivers in the first half. Quarterbacks Dick Shiner and rookie Terry Hanratty were both tackled for safeties in the game as well. Running back Don McCall led all Steeler runners with 27 yards and Roy Jefferson caught 4 balls for 54 yards. The Steelers were sacked 8 times for 48 yards in loss in the game.

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