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Bears Classics chronicles playoff win

The Bears have teamed with Comcast SportsNet to create a new installment of their Emmy Award-winning documentary series entitled "Bears Classics presented by Xfinity."

The latest version will debut at 8 p.m. Monday on CSN and feature the Bears' 35-18 upset win over the Minnesota Vikings in a wildcard playoff game on New Year's Day 1995 at the Metrodome.

The Bears were a big underdog as the third and final wildcard in the NFC. The Vikings were NFC Central champions and had outscored the Bears 75-42 in winning both regular-season meetings. But things were much different in the third contest between the longtime rivals.

"Nobody wanted to be 0-3 to the Vikings," defensive end Trace Armstrong said after the stunning upset. "That probably motivated me more than anything. I was going to be damned if I was going to let the Vikings beat us three times and end my season."

The Bears picked the perfect time to register their highest point total of the season, their first defensive touchdown of the year and their longest run of the season.

Quarterback Steve Walsh completed 15 of 23 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Jeff Graham had four receptions for 108 yards and one TD. And rookie running back Raymont Harris rushed for 67 yards on 13 carries, including a season-long 29-yard TD.

The Bears defense generated four takeaways against a Vikings offense that was led by Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon, clinching the win when cornerback Kevin Miniefield returned a fumble 48 yards for a touchdown with 3:05 remaining.

This edition of "Bears Classics" is narrated by Dick Butkus. The Chicago native and Illinois alum, who played for the Bears from 1965-73, is credited with redefining the middle linebacker position. Butkus was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.

Former Bears interviewed for the documentary include Walsh, Harris, receivers Curtis Conway and Tom Waddle, tackle James "Big Cat" Williams and former head coach Dave Wannstedt.

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