The 1988 Fog Bowl

A photo taken as the Bears and Eagles face off in the 1988 "Fog Bowl"
A photo taken as the Bears and Eagles face off in the 1988 "Fog Bowl"

Historical Context

It was one of the strangest games ever played in the NFL, the Chicago Bears faced off against the Philadelphia Eagles on New Year's Eve in a playoff game on Chicago's Soldier Field in freakish sudden dense fog.

The first half of the game had been clear and sunny then a bank of warm air descended onto the field during the second quarter obscuring much of the game for spectators, commentators and players alike. The Chicago Bears did eventually win 20-12.

Photo Info


Date taken: December 31, 1988
Location taken: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Source: National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office

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  • 1988-12-31 "The Fog Bowl", a heavy, dense fog rolls over Soldier Field in Chicago during second quarter of the Bears vs Eagles NFC Divisional Playoff Game, cuts visibility to 15-20 yards (Bears win 20-12)

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