It’s Soldier Field. It’s Chicago. It’s the start of the third quarter of Sunday’s crucial game against the red hot Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears are holding on to a 21-13 lead. A win for the Bears would place them atop the NFC Central ahead of the Green Bay Packers.
Devin Hester is back deep to return the opening kick-off and he does just that to the tune of forty-six yards placing the Bears offense in superb field position near mid-field. As the Bears offensive unit would take the field, a surge of energy entered Soldier Field. With a buzz abound, the Bears would open their drive with a Matt Forte 2-yard run, but on second and eight; Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler would roll out and find Hester for a 34-yard reception.
Following a personal foul call for a horse collar tackle, the Bears were sitting pretty at the Eagles 9-yard line and would score on a Greg Olsen touchdown reception on the very next play.
I will do whatever the team wants and needs. The biggest thing is, we're winning.
For the Bears, they would go up 28-13 and eventually hold off the Philadelphia Eagles with a 31-26 victory claiming sole possession of first place with an 8-3 record. For Hester, it was a display of his explosiveness and versatility. In less than two minutes, he was able to ignite the Soldier Field crowd with two spectacular plays and swing the momentum of the game into complete favor of the Bears. ''I just want to be a key factor to the game, in any phase,'' he said.
''Now, I have a chance to have a big return game or a big receiver game. I'm blessed to have two opportunities. Hester however, is also more interested in the outcome of games, than his spectacular individual play: “I will do whatever the team wants and needs. The biggest thing is, we're winning.''
And winning is what the Bears continue to do as winners of four games in a row. Often dismissed by some NFL analysts, Chicago’s eight wins are second in the NFC only to Atlanta’s nine.
Next week, Hester and the Bears travel to Detroit to take on the Lions before a week 14 matchup with the New England Patriots that could prove to be the Bears' ultimate measuring stick.
With Hester and the Bears in first place, we leave you with two very different versions of “Bear Down” (the Chicago Bears theme song).