Bears fans ‘partying like it’s 1985’ after win over Packers clinches division

CHICAGO — Gleeful Bears fans are celebrating the team’s first division championship in nearly a decade after their 24-17 victory over the arch-rival Green Bay Packers Sunday.

Fans streaming out of Soldier Field were euphoric over winning a division title after a long 8-year wait, let alone watching a fun team play at a high level for so many weeks. They Bears have now won 10 games in a season for the first time since Lovie Smith’s last year, and are doing it with dominating defense and an innovative offense that has this city fired up for football.

Things are looking up, as Bears fans sing “Bear down!”

Winning the division by finally beating the Packers after a long string of losses to its oldest rival made the Bears' victory that much sweeter.

Outside Soldier Field Sunday, long-time season ticket holder Bob Katcher says this bears team is among the most fun he’s watched in four decades.

"It was an awesome game today," Katcher said.

Fans said they were getting ready to start "partying like it's 1985," as a coach Ditka look-alike led a crowd in a chant of “Green Bay, sucks!”

Coach Nagy has this team rolling with two games left, and could conceivably take a 12-4 record into the playoffs, before starting the postseason at home in three weeks.

WGN Radio's Mark Carman and former Bears tight end Desmond Clark joined the WGN Weekend Morning News ahead of the game to reflect on the team's progress so far in the season.

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