Many will point to a ridiculous decision to kick a 52-yard field goal on a wet and windy night and the subsequent 108-yard touchdown as the turning point of this game, but it happened much earlier. Facing a 3rd-and-22 and a dominant New York defense, the Bears got a first down off of a 26-yard running play. Three plays later, the Bears had a touchdown and the game had completely changed.
Chicago came out firing in the second half and only a Mushin Muhammed fumble stopped them from taking the lead on their opening possession. The Bears quickly built a 24-13 lead, but a great catch by Jeremy Shockey and an equally great run by Tiki Barber setup the Giants to cut the lead to 24-20.
The Giants got the ball back and reached the Chicago 29 when Eli Manning was sacked for a loss of 14 and the Giants made the fateful decision to kick a field goal. Just last year, the Bears returned a missed field goal for a touchdown and they did so again when Devin Hester lulled the Giants to sleep with a hesitation move before turning on the speed to go 108 yards. New York never recovered and lost the game 38-20.
Photo of Jay Feely after Devin Hester's TD return by AP/Kathy Willens