Pre-Throwback-Gamin': Bears vs. Patriots (Super Bowl XX) - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Throwback-Gamin’: Bears vs. Patriots (Super Bowl XX) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Bears

The 1985 Chicago Bears are the class of professional football.

Led by Defensive Player of the Year Mike Singletary, Chicago’s defense allowed the fewest points in football during the regular season. And to think, the unit has been BETTER in the postseason. The Bears haven’t allowed a single point to an opponent this postseason. Nary a touchdown or field goal to be seen by the opposition. Pure domination from the Bears’ dominant “D” this winter.

On the offensive side of the ball first-team All-Pro Walter Payton leads the attack, while Pro Bowl quarterback Jim McMahon’s chips in as only a man known as the Punky QB could. Only the San Diego Chargers scored more points on offense, while just six teams gained more total yards than Chicago did in 1985.

It’s been a dominant year for the Bears. And tonight should be a coronation of one of the greatest NFL teams to ever lace ’em up. Only the New England Patriots stand in their way.

This is it. There’s no turning back now. It’s almost showtime!

Game Info

Chicago Bears (15-1) vs. New England Patriot (11-5) — Sunday, January 26, 1986

  • Channel and time: NBC, 2:00 p.m. CT; YouTube (link)
  • Game Site: Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans (Ah, yes! The days before every stadium had corporate sponsorship!)
  • Odds: The Bears were 10-point favorites against the AFC champs, via Pro Football Reference’s historical data. Chicago’s football team entered the game as double-digit favorites five times in their Super Bowl season, including twice in the playoffs.

Game Thread

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Bears Mike Ditka vs. Patriots Raymond Berry

Starting Quarterbacks

Bears: Jim McMahon: 2,392 yards, 15 TD, 11 INT, 82.6 rating (13 regular season games)


Patriots: Tony Eason: 2,156 yards, 11 TD, 17 INT, 67.5 rating (16 regular season games, 10 starts)

Bears Offensive Starters

  • QB Jim McMahon
  • RB Walter Payton
  • FB Matt Suhey
  • WR Willie Gault
  • WR Dennis McKinnon
  • TE Emery Moorehead
  • LT Jimbo Covert
  • LG Mark Bortz
  • C Jay Hilgenberg
  • RG Tom Thayer
  • RT Keith Van Horne

Bears Defensive Starters

  • DE Dan Hampton
  • DT Steve McMichael
  • DT William Perry
  • DE Richard Dent
  • OLB Otis Wilson
  • MLB Mike Singletary
  • OLB Wilber Marshall
  • CB Mike Richardson
  • CB Leslie Frazier
  • S Dave Duerson
  • S Gary Fencik

Bears Specialists

  • Kevin Butler (kicker), Marty Buford (punter), Willie Gault (kick returns), Keith Oretgo (punt returns)

Patriots Offensive Starters

  • QB Tony Eason
  • RB Tony Collins
  • FB Craig James
  • WR Stanley Morgan
  • WR Stephen Starring
  • TE Lin Dawson
  • LT Brian Holloway
  • LG John Hannah
  • C Pete Brock
  • RG Ron Wooten
  • RT Steve Moore

Patriots Defensive Starters

  • DE Garin Veris
  • NT Lester Williams
  • DE Julius Adams
  • OLB Andre Tippett
  • ILB Steve Nelson
  • ILB Larry McGrew
  • OLB Don Blackmon
  • CB Ronnie Lippett
  • CB Rayond Clayborn
  • S Roland James
  • S Fred Marion

Patriots Specialists

  • Tony Franklin (kicker), Rich Camarillo (punter), Irving Fryar (punt returns), Stephen Starring (kick returns)

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.