Bears 46, Patriots 10: Super Bowl 20: January 26, 1986
Probably pretty anti-climatic to end this series this way, since I’m sure everyone already knew that Super Bowl 20 was the greatest and most memorable Bears game played in the last 32 years.
Chicago Bears players traveled to New Orleans for Super Bowl 20 the week before the event, and later in the week with them came thousands of Chicagoans. Bear players were routinely seen savoring the Bourbon Street night life while their Patriot counterparts laid low. A minor controversy brewed the week before the game, when New Orleans television personality Buddy Dilberto took to the air and claimed that Bears quarterback Jim McMahon called the people of New Orleans stupid and the women sluts. (Dilberto later recanted his statement). By gametime, players were roundly ready to take care of the business at hand.
And take care of it the Bears did, but not before an early scare. On the first possession of the game, Bear great Walter Payton took a handoff and fumbled, and the ball was recovered by the Patriots. Several plays later, New England quarterback Tony Easton fired a pass on a slant that would have gone for a touchdown if not dropped by the Patriot receiver. The opponents settled for a field goal, and New England led 3-0 early in the game.
Some Bears players looked at the scoreboard, which showed that the vast majority of the time, the team that scores first in the Super Bowl wins.
But the contest wasn’t a game for very much longer. Within five minutes the Bears drove for a field goal to even the score. By the end of the first quarter the score was 13-3 Bears. It was 23-3 at halftime, 44-3 in the fourth quarter, and in the end, after the Bears tacked on a safety for good measure, the Bears had defeated their opponents by the largest margin in history, 46-10.
Along the way the Bears had fun as only the 1985 team could. Ditka had William Perry attempt a pass (before he was sacked), and McMahon wore several more personalized headbands. Running back Matt Suhey scored two toucdowns and “The Fridge” (Perry) one, but sadly Payton was not able to score, as New England planned their defense around stopping him.
The Patriots were limited to only 123 total yards and set numerous records for offensive futility in the contest, including their rushing yards total for the day (7).
The next day the Bears were treated to a ticker-tape parade in the city of Chicago, when over 500,000 people turned out in a six-block area to brave frigid temperatures and cheer on their World Champion Chicago Bears.