10 years ago today from the Trib and Sun-Times: the Bears reach the Super Bowl

Ten years ago today, the Chicago Bears advanced to Super Bowl XLI with a win over the New Orleans Saints. I wrote about this for Windy City Gridiron, and hit the microfilm at Harold Washington Library to do so.

Lots of great newspaper clips that I'm not including in that story, so I wanted to share them here, including the picks from the Tribune and Sun-Times writers, six of whom picked the Bears to lose. See gallery for more. Enjoy!

And since the picks are hard to read, here's the rundown:

BEARS TO WIN

  • Terry Bannon, 24-20 (Tribune)
  • Lew Freedman, 24-17 (Tribune)
  • David Haugh, 28-24 (Tribune)
  • Dan McGrath, 27-23 (Tribune)
  • Fred Mitchell, 23-17 (Tribune)
  • Rick Morrissey, 24-21 (Tribune)
  • Mike Mulligan, 17-14 (Sun-Times)
  • John Mullin, 17-14 (Tribune)
  • Don Pierson, 27-20 (Tribune)
  • Rick Telander, 27-20 (Sun-Times)

BEARS TO LOSE

  • Brad Biggs, 24-30 (Sun-Times)
  • Greg Couch, 20-31 (Sun-Times)
  • Mike Downey, 27-35 (Tribune)
  • Melissa Isaacson, 21-28 (Tribune)
  • Jay Mariotti, 31-38 (Sun-Times)
  • Carol Slezak, 24-31 (Sun-Times)

Other Bears-Saints NFC championship game tributes:

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