Fog Bowl (American football)

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1988 NFL Divisional Playoff Game
"The Fog Bowl"
Fog Bowl 1988.jpg
An image taken during the game.
1234Total
PHI363012
CHI7100320
DateDecember 31, 1988
StadiumSoldier Field
LocationChicago, Illinois
NetworkCBS
AnnouncersVerne Lundquist and Terry Bradshaw
 
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For the 1962 Canadian Football Fog Bowl, see 50th Grey Cup
The 1974 Sun Bowl also carries this nickname
1988 NFL Divisional Playoff Game
"The Fog Bowl"
Fog Bowl 1988.jpg
An image taken during the game.
1234Total
PHI363012
CHI7100320
DateDecember 31, 1988
StadiumSoldier Field
LocationChicago, Illinois
NetworkCBS
AnnouncersVerne Lundquist and Terry Bradshaw

In American football, the Fog Bowl was the name given to the December 31, 1988 National Football League (NFL) playoff game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears. A dense fog rolled over Chicago's Soldier Field during the 2nd quarter, cutting visibility to about 15–20 yards for the rest of the game. Philadelphia moved the ball effectively all day and Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham had 407 passing yards despite the low visibility; but they could not get the ball into the end zone. Many players complained that they could not see the sidelines or first-down markers.[1] The Bears ended up winning 20–12. The game eventually was named #3 on NFL Top 10's Weather Games.[2]

The game was also notable in that it involved head coaches who had been previously worked on the same staff of a Super Bowl winning team. Eagles coach Buddy Ryan had been the defense coordinator for Mike Ditka on the Bears when won Super Bowl XX.

Game summary[edit]

Chicago scored first with quarterback Mike Tomczak's 64-yard touchdown pass to Dennis McKinnon. The Eagles responded by driving to the Chicago 26-yard line, but kicker Luis Zendejas missed a 43-yard field goal. Philadelphia quickly got the ball back after linebacker Seth Joyner intercepted a pass from Tomczak, and this time they managed to score with Zendejas' 42-yard field goal, but only after committing two costly mistakes: twice on the drive Philadelphia had touchdowns nullified by penalties. The Bears then drove to the Eagles 33-yard line on their ensuing drive, but it stalled and kicker Kevin Butler missed a 51-yard field goal attempt, giving the ball back to Philadelphia with great field position. Randall Cunningham then led the Eagles inside Chicago's 20-yard line where Zendejas kicked a 29-yard field goal to cut the team's deficit to 7–6.

Two possessions later, the Bears drove 44 yards and scored with Neal Anderson's 4-yard touchdown run to give them a 14–6 lead. Both teams scored another field goal before halftime, and they went into their locker rooms with Chicago leading 17–9.

In the third quarter, Tomczak left the game with a shoulder injury.[3] Each team could only score a short field goal in the second half. The fog was so thick that both teams were forced to use their running game because receivers could not see the long passes thrown to them. TV and radio announcers, and the fans in the stadium had trouble seeing what was happening on the field. CBS color commentator Terry Bradshaw, who was working the game, later said he was more frustrated than at any time when he was a player. Referee Jim Tunney ended up announcing the down and distance for each play on his wireless microphone.

Cunningham finished the game with 407 passing yards,[1] but was unable to lead his team to a single touchdown and was intercepted 3 times. Fullback Keith Byars rushed for 34 yards and caught 9 passes for 103 yards. Tight end Keith Jackson caught 7 passes for 142 yards. Other than his 64-yard touchdown pass, Tomczak was dominated the rest of the game by the Eagles defense, completing only 10 of 20 passes for 174 yard with 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions. McKinnon finished the game with 4 receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown.

1988 NFC Divisional Playoffs: Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears
1234Total
Eagles363012
Bears7100320

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • PHI Zendejas 29 yard FG
  • CHI Neal Anderson 4 yard run (Butler kick)
  • CHI Butler 46 yard FG
  • PHI Zendejas 30 yard FG
Third quarter
  • PHI Zendejas 35 yard FG
Fourth quarter
  • CHI Butler 27 yard FG
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers

Statistics[edit]

Source:[4]Philadelphia EaglesChicago Bears
First downs2214
Total yards430341
Passing yards378175
Passing – completions/attempts27/5512/23
Rushing yards52164
Rushing attempts1633
Penalties–yards7–601–5
Sacks against–yards4–291–8
Fumbles–lost0–01–1
Interceptions thrown33

Individual Stats[edit]

Eagles Passing
PlayerC/ATT*YdsTDINT
Randall Cunningham27/5440703
Cris Carter0/1000
Eagles Rushing
PlayerCaraYdsTDLGb
Keith Byars734013
Anthony Toney5303
Randall Cunningham312011
Michael Haddix1303
Eagles Receiving
PlayerReccYdsTDLGb
Keith Byars9103024
Keith Jackson7142065
Mike Quick582023
Michael Haddix223013
Anthony Toney2907
Ron Johnson131031
Cris Carter117017
Eagles Defense
PlayerTak/Ast/TotdIntFfeSck
Reggie WhiteN/A001.0
Terry HoageN/A100.0
Seth JoynerN/A180.0
Todd BellN/A140.0
Wes HopkinsN/A010.0
Eagles Kicking
PlayerFGAFGMXPLGf
Luis Zendejas530/0N/A
Bears Passing
C/ATT*YdsTDINT
Mike Tomczak10/2017213
Jim McMahon2/31300
Bears Rushing
PlayerCaraYdsTDLGb
Neal Anderson1454123
Thomas Sanders894058
Brad Muster61206
Jim McMahon2−200
Matt Suhey1000
Mike Tomczak1000
Bears Receiving
PlayerReccYdsTDLGb
Dennis McKinnon4108164
Cap Boso21609
Dennis Gentry2907
Ron Morris127027
Wendell Davis111011
Thomas Sanders1808
Neal Anderson1606
Bears Defense
PlayerTak/Ast/TotdIntFfeSck
Dan HamptonN/A001.0
Al HarrisN/A001.0
Ron RiveraN/A001.0
Sean SmithN/A001.0
Vestee JacksonN/A100.0
Maurice DouglassN/A100.0
Mickey PruittN/A100.0
Bears Kicking
PlayerFGAFGMXPLGf
Kevin Butler422/2N/A


*Completions/Attempts aCarries bLongest play cReceptions dTackles eForced Fumbles fLongest field goal

Officials[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Heinz Kluetmeier/SI. "Fog Bowl - Pinnacle Moments in NFL History - Photos - SI.com". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  2. ^ "Top 10 weather games in NFL history". NFL.com. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  3. ^ "Fog Bowl: 'A supernatural experience' – NFL – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2008-09-26. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  4. ^ "Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears – December 31st, 1988". Pro-Football-Reference.com. 1988-12-31. Retrieved 2012-08-09.