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Chicago Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro (15) celebrates his field goal with punter Pat O’Donnell (16) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo / David Zalubowski)

Eddy Pineiro won Chicago’s nerve-wracking kicking competition. Now, he’s winning over Bears fans and teammates who suffered through the double-doink miss by Cody Parkey that sent them home from the playoffs.

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The Chicago Football Classic brings historically black colleges and universities to Solider Field for a football game – and so much more. We introduce you to two of the schools competing in a battle of the bands.

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The Bears head to Denver in search of their first win after a lackluster season opener. Former Bears player James “Big Cat” Williams has this preview.

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New numbers show that high school football participation in Illinois is at its lowest point in decades. We discuss the decline with a youth football coach and the son of former Chicago Bears player.

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Chicago Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky throws during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears were shut down by the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night, losing 10-3 in an ugly NFL opener that showered cold water on any championship dreams in the Windy City.

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Are the Bears’ kicking woes a thing of the past? Former Bears offensive lineman and WTTW News football analyst James “Big Cat” Williams kicks off the season with a preview of the Bears-Packers showdown.

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Soldier Field (Tony / Flickr)

As part of the celebration of its 100th season, the NFL will break from tradition and feature the Bears vs. the Packers  in its season opener Sept. 5.

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Chuck Pagano at the Baltimore Ravens training camp on Aug. 20, 2009. (Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons)

The Chicago Bears rode a dominant defense to the NFC North championship in a breakout season. They hope to keep it going with a new coordinator.

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In this Dec. 9, 2018, file photo, Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio walks to the field before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh, File)

The Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio replaces Vance Joseph, who was fired on New Year's Eve as head coach of the Denver Broncos.

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Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey (1) watches as he misses a field goal in the final minute during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

Video showed Philadelphia's Treyvon Hester tipped the ball, which bounced off the upright and hit the crossbar.

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Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey (1) reacts after missing a field goal in the closing minute during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (Nam Y. Huh / AP Photo)

Embattled kicker Cody Parkey missed the 43-yard potential game-winning field goal, allowing the Philadelphia Eagles to escape with a 16-15 victory.

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) looks to throw a pass over Chicago Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (94) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. (Bruce Kluckhohn / AP Photo)

Fueled by that relentless defense and 109 rushing yards and two touchdowns by Jordan Howard, the Bears beat the Vikings 24-10 on Sunday for their first sweep of Minnesota since 2011.

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Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy celebrates with his team after an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Chicago. The Bears won 24-17. (AP Photo / David Banks)

The Bears are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2010. James “Big Cat” Williams breaks down the season.

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Research conducted by auditory neuroscientists at Northwestern University reveals that studying how the brain processes sound could provide an objective way to diagnose concussions. 

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Strong words from the president about kneeling in the NFL as a new policy is unveiled. We get local reaction to the rules.

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A downy woodpecker (RaechelJ / Pixabay)

Football players are often thought of as modern-day gladiators, but even the most hard-headed linebacker has nothing on the woodpecker, at least when it comes to sustaining blows to the noggin. 

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