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The 1988 Chicago Bears season was their 69th regular season and 19th postseason completed in the National Football League. The Bears looked to improve on an 11–4 finish that won them the NFC Central Division but where they were eliminated for the second consecutive year by the Washington Redskins. The Bears won 12 games and lost 4, tying for the best record in the league with the Buffalo Bills and the AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals, and earned home field advantage in the NFC. However, the Bears failed to advance to the Super Bowl as one of the top two seeds for a third straight season, falling to the eventual Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field. This was the second time that the 49ers and Bears had met for a trip to the Super Bowl during the decade, with the 49ers defeating the Bears on their way to Super Bowl XIX.

1988 Chicago Bears season
Head coachMike Ditka
Home fieldSoldier Field
Local radioWGN–AM 720
Results
Record12–4
Division place1st NFC Central
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (Eagles) 20–12
Lost Conference Championship (49ers) 28–3
The Bears playing against the Philadelphia Eagles in the famous Fog Bowl divisional playoff game.

Coach Mike Ditka suffered a heart attack during the season, but was back on the sidelines 11 days later. Ditka was named coach of the year for the second time in his career. This was Jim McMahon's last season as starter for the Bears as he was traded during the following offseason to the San Diego Chargers.

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1988 Chicago Bears draft choicesEdit

RosterEdit

1988 Team Starters

Offense

  • 9 Jim McMahon QB
  • 35 Neal Anderson RB
  • 26 Matt Suhey FB
  • 85 Dennis McKinnon WR/PR
  • 29 Dennis Gentry WR/KR
  • 80 James Thornton TE
  • 73 John Wojciechowski LT
  • 62 Mark Bortz LG
  • 63 Jay Hilgenberg C
  • 57 Tom Thayer RG
  • 78 Keith Van Horne RT

Defense

  • 90 Al Harris LDE
  • 76 Steve McMichael LDT
  • 99 Dan Hampton RDT
  • 95 Richard Dent RDE
  • 59 Ron Rivera LB
  • 50 Mike Singletary LB
  • 51 Jim Morrissey LB
  • 27 Mike Richardson LCB
  • 24 Vestee Jackson RCB
  • 22 Dave Duerson SS
  • 37 Maurice Douglass FS
  • 6 Kevin Butler K
  • 15 Bryan Wagner P

Final rosterEdit

1988 Chicago Bears final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
53 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 4, 1988 Miami Dolphins W 34–7
63,330
2 September 11, 1988 at Indianapolis Colts W 17–13
60,503
3 September 18, 1988 Minnesota Vikings L 31–7
63,990
4 September 25, 1988 at Green Bay Packers W 24–6
56,492
5 October 2, 1988 Buffalo Bills W 24–3
62,793
6 October 9, 1988 at Detroit Lions W 24–7
64,526
7 October 16, 1988 Dallas Cowboys W 17–7
64,759
8 October 24, 1988 San Francisco 49ers W 10–9
65,293
9 October 30, 1988 at New England Patriots L 30–7
60,821
10 November 6, 1988 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 28–10
56,892
11 November 13, 1988 at Washington Redskins W 34–14
52,418
12 November 20, 1988 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 27–15
67,070
13 November 27, 1988 Green Bay Packers W 16–0
62,026
14 December 5, 1988 at Los Angeles Rams L 23–3
65,579
15 December 11, 1988 Detroit Lions W 13–12
55,010
16 December 19, 1988 at Minnesota Vikings L 28–27
62,067

Game summariesEdit

Week 1Edit

1 234Total
Dolphins 7 000 7
Bears 14 1406 34

[1]

Week 4Edit

1 234Total
• Bears 0 1707 24
Packers 6 000 6
  • Date: September 25
  • Location: Lambeau Field
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 58°F; wind 10

[2]

Week 13Edit

1 234Total
Packers 0 000 0
• Bears 7 072 16
  • Date: November 27
  • Location: Soldier Field
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 43°F; wind 20

[3]

StandingsEdit

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Chicago Bears(1) 12 4 0 .750 6–2 9–3 312 215 L1
Minnesota Vikings(4) 11 5 0 .688 6–2 9–3 406 233 W1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 .313 4–4 4–8 261 350 W1
Detroit Lions 4 12 0 .250 2–6 3–11 220 315 L2
Green Bay Packers 4 12 0 .250 2–6 3–9 240 313 W2

[4]

PlayoffsEdit

In the divisional playoffs, the Bears defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in the Fog Bowl, earning their first postseason victory since Super Bowl XX. A week later, Chicago was routed 28–3 by the San Francisco 49ers. This was the Bears' last appearance in the NFC Championship Game until 2006.

DivisionalEdit

1 234Total
Eagles 3 630 12
Bears 7 1003 20

[5]

NFC ChampionshipEdit

1 234Total
49ers 7 777 28
Bears 0 300 3

Awards and recordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-Oct-02.
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-Oct-02.
  4. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 293
  5. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com

External linksEdit