17th Most Memorable Chicago Bears Game since 1979
Bears 23, Lions 17: November 27, 1980
The 1980 Bears were erratic. Not just at the individual level, but also when their game scores were analyzed. In their four wins they had outscored opponents by at least 14 points, sometimes more. In their losses, they were absymal, either mustering no offense (like in a 10-6 loss to Earl Campbell’s Oilers) or getting embarrassed (such as their 38-3 loss to the NFL Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, led by Terry Bradshaw). The team reached a new low the previous week when in a loss at Atlanta, all-around good guy Walter Payton was ejected on a very questionable claim of him pushing a referee.
Chicago trailed at Detroit on Thanksgiving Day 17-3 into the fourth quarter. Quarterback Vince Evans slowly brought the Bears back in the final period, throwing a touchdown pass to tight end Bob Fisher and rushing for another himself. Thus at the end of regulation the game was tied.
In overtime, the Bears received the kickoff, and running back David Williams was deep to receive. Williams made one cut move to the left, found the sideline, and was gone for a 95-yard touchdown. Williams’ teammates mobbed him in the end zone after the score.
This was the shortest overtime period in NFL history, a record which stood until 2001 when the Bears broke the mark again.