1986: Unforgettable Year in Sports

Bears Shuffle to title
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Bears Shuffle to title

SI.com looks back in chronological order at the seminal moments of 1986, a year filled with some of the most memorable performances, games and events in sports history as well as notorious scandals and unspeakable tragedies.

In one of the most dominant performances in championship game history, the Bears demolished New England 46-10 in Super Bowl XX on Jan. 26. The lopsided victory punctuated a 18-1 season that was defined by Buddy Ryan's suffocating "46" defense, brash quarterback Jim McMahon, cult-hero lineman William "The Refrigerator" Perry, smooth running back Walter Payton and, of course, the team's Super Bowl Shuffle.


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