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Travel Memories: Giants' history in Chicago


The Giants visit Soldier Field to clash with the Chicago Bears, as Big Blue looks to wrap up its road schedule on a high note. These two teams have met 61 times prior to Sunday's matchup, with the Bears leading the all-time series, 35-24-2. The Giants will make a trip to Chicago for the third consecutive season as they search for their first win in the Windy City since 2007.

Big Blue's history against the Bears goes all the way back to the Giants' inaugural season in 1925. While the Bears won the first ever meeting between the two teams at the Polo Grounds, the Giants emerged with a 9-0 victory in their first contest played in Chicago just one week later. Jack McBride kicked a 40-yard field goal to get the scoring started before Phil White sealed the win with a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

The Giants battled the Bears countless times throughout the early years of the NFL. The storied franchises meet 39 times between 1925 and 1965, with Big Blue earning 15 wins, six on the road. During that stretch, the teams played against each other in six NFL Championship Games, including two Giants victories in 1934 and 1956.

View photos of the Giants traveling to Chicago ahead of their Week 17 matchup with the Bears.

Following the NFL-AFL merger in 1966, Big Blue has had several memorable moments playing in Chicago. One memorable road trip for the Giants was in 1992 when the team traveled to Soldier Field and defeated the Bears, 27-14, on Monday Night Football. After being tied going into halftime, Big Blue dominated the second half, scoring 13 unanswered points to end the game and secure the victory. Wide receiver Stephen Baker shined in the game, catching seven passes for 109 yards and a touchdown on the way to the win.

After their victory in 1992, the Giants returned to Chicago for their season opener in 1993. A one-yard pass from Phil Simms to Jarrod Bunch with just over a minute left in the game helped the team clinch a 26-20 win over the Bears in the Windy City. Simms tossed two touchdowns and threw for 277 yards, while not committing a turnover, to lead Big Blue to victory.

In 2000, Big Blue's defense put forth a stifling effort against QB Cade McNown and the rest of the Bears offense, limiting Chicago to 228 total yards on the way to a 14-7 win. The rushing attack of Tiki Barber and Ron Dayne led the way for the offense with the running backs combining for 213 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in the victory

Another unforgettable trip to Chicago came in 2007. The team went on the road in Week 13 and knocked-off the Bears 21-16, led by 154 yards on the ground from Derrick Ward and six sacks by the defense. The win helped launch the Giants' late-season push towards the postseason, where they would eventually beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

Big Blue most recently visited Soldier Field last season when they fell to Chicago, 17-13. Running back David Montgomery shined throughout the game, totaling 127 yards from scrimmage and a receiving touchdown. The Giants controlled the second half, scoring the final 13 points of the game and intercepting Mitchell Trubisky twice, one by Julian Love and the other by James Bradberry. However, this second half push was not enough to give Big Blue a win.

View rare photos of the all-time history between the New York Giants and Chicago Bears.


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