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The Skins Couldn't Bear A Sack Attack
Paul Zimmerman
January 07, 1985
Chicago's last-quarter assault on Joe Theismann clinched an upset victory over Washington
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January 07, 1985

The Skins Couldn't Bear A Sack Attack

Chicago's last-quarter assault on Joe Theismann clinched an upset victory over Washington

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On Possession 1, the Skins started on the Bears' 36 and got sacked back to the 40. Possession 2 began on the Chicago 40 and Theismann ended up sacked back to his own 46. Then the Bears took the deliberate safety, and Washington put together its only mini-drive of the quarter, 21 yards to the Chicago 24. That ended in Moseley's missed field goal. Finally there were four unproductive plays from deep in their own territory as time was running out, and then two desperate ones as the clock made its final ticks.

"We'd been on the field a lot," Hampton said. "We were tired, sure, but those porkers on the other side of the line were tired, too. They sounded like Hoover vacuum cleaners."

"It was kind of a classic game, wasn't it?" said Mike Ditka, the Bears' coach. "I know the old man would have loved it. George Halas. It was his kind of game."

And defense. And team.

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