by Bilal Iftikhar
Torrential rain and gusting winds couldn’t prevent the fans of the Chicago Bears from selling out Soldier Field on Sunday November 11 to watch a primetime showdown against the Houston Texans. Sunday Night Football featured a matchup of the two top defenses and offenses in the NFL in a possible Super Bowl Preview.
The weather did, however, manage to affect the outcome of the game. Both teams failed to accumulate over 250 yards of total offense as the Texans squeezed out a victory 13-6. Texans running back Arian Foster managed to score the game’s only touchdown by a one-yard pass from quarterback Matt Schaub.
“It was a tough loss,” said Bears season ticket holder Max Stejskal. “Everyone knew coming in here it was going to be a defensive battle. Ideally these weather conditions end up playing in our favor but these Houston guys really came out and punched us in the mouth tonight.”
Fans lined up in troves to buy last-minute ponchos and rain jackets from street vendors and official the Chicago Bears stadium store. Weather forecasts predicted the rain to subside midway through the game but the downpour never ceased.
“I gave a few of my extra ponchos to a few college kids from Chicago, they were getting soaked sitting in the third row,” said Alex Hoffer, a Texans fan from the Houston area. Hoffer and his family attend every Texans home game and at least one away game every year.
“We decided this year Chicago would be the best place to visit. We have friends here, the hot dogs at the stadium are spectacular, and this is probably one of the best pure football matchups of the year,” Hoffer said.
Half time was filled with several military tributes and honors for recent Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. Houston and Chicago fans stood on their feet for the duration of the time stoppage to show their respect.
The cold weather was not the only difficult part of the game that Bears fans had to deal with. Towards the end of the second half, Texans linebacker knocked Bears quarterback Jay Cutler out of the game with an illegal hit above the waist. Cutler suffered a severe concussion and was unable to return to the game in the second half.
“This was absolutely one of the worst things that could have happened to us,” said Bears fan William Perge. “We lost Cutler last year to injury and we pretty much lost every game the rest of the season. We can’t lose him, he’s vital.”
Dobbins was fined $30,000 for his hit on Cutler. The Bears’ quarterback is ruled out for tonight’s Monday Night Football game against the San Francisco 49ers.