1988 Chicago Bears season

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1988 Chicago Bears season
Head coach Mike Ditka
Home field Soldier Field
Results
Record 12–4
Division place 1st NFC Central
Playoff finish Lost NFC Championship
Timeline
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< 1987 1989 >

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.

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.

Roster[edit]

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 
Chicago Bears 1988 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

1988 Chicago Bears draft choices[edit]

Round Pick Name Position College
1 23 Brad Muster FB Stanford
1 27 Wendell Davis WR LSU
2 51 Dante Jones LB Oklahoma
3 78 Ralph Jarvis DE Temple
4 105 James Thornton TE Cal State-Fullerton
5 133 Troy A. Johnson DB Oklahoma
6 161 Lemuel Stinson CB Texas Tech
7 189 Caesar Rentie T Oklahoma
8 208 David Tate DB Colorado
8 217 Harvey Reed RB Howard
9 245 Rogie Magee WR LSU
10 273 Joel Porter G Baylor
11 301 Steve Forch LB Nebraska
12 329 Greg Clark LB Arizona State

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

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 summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 7 0 0 0 7
Bears 14 14 0 6 34

[1]

Standings[edit]

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

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Playoffs[edit]

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.

Divisional[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Fog Bowl (American football).
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 3 6 3 0 12
Bears 7 10 0 3 20

[3]


NFC Championship[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 7 7 7 28
Bears 0 3 0 0 3


Awards and records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

References[edit]

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

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