Bear 21, Packers 10
19 September 2004
When former Bear head coach Lovie Smith was first introduced to the media in 2004, she laid out her goals and what she wanted to achieve. The first? Defeat the Green Bay Packers. Of course the others were a little taller, like winning the division and taking the Super Bowl title, but Smith understood the importance of beating their arch-rivals. And he did that in his second game as head coach.
Smith and the Bears beat the Packers in the second week of the 2004 season, 21-10 thanks to a defense that created turnovers, something that would become a calling card at a later date. Quarterback Packers Brett Favre threw two interceptions and ran back. Ahman Green fumbled in the red thanks to Hall of Fame midfielder Brian Urlacher’s strike. Safety Bear Mike Brown took the ball back for a touchdown, but he was about to rupture his Achilles tendon at the end of his season. On the offense, Thomas Jones ran back wild for 152 yards and a touchdown.
Despite Brown’s injury, the victory feels like the beginning of a new era and the Bears believe a monkey has slipped off their back. Unfortunately, the magic didn’t carry over to the rest of the season as they only won four more games in the remainder of the season.