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EXCERPT | Nov. 25, 1985

Runaway Bears

En route to a title, Chicago was at its best in Dallas

The Bears won their first 10 games, and skeptics expected them to get their comeuppance in Dallas. Paul Zimmerman reported on the blowout.

The Chicago Bears turned back the clock in Texas Stadium on Sunday, way back, past their old Monsters of the Midway days, past Bulldog Turner and George Musso and Bronko Nagurski, back to an era when men played football on rocky patches of ground and battled with fists and leather helmets.

They beat the Cowboys 44--0, the worst defeat Dallas has suffered at Texas Stadium or any other stadium. They clinched their division championship and ran their record to 11--0, and they did it without their regular quarterback, Jim McMahon, who watched the game in civvies, thanks to a sore right shoulder. The Bears' defense rushed in wild, frenzied waves and knocked out Dallas quarterback Danny White twice, and held his replacement, Gary Hogeboom, to six completions in 22 heaves. The defense sacked the pair of them six times and scored 14 points of its own and shut down the Dallas running game and, hey, there's no end to it.

The pregame angles were swept up like yesterday's sawdust. An emotional contest for the Cowboys, a payback for the nasty, punch-filled exhibition meeting in August, a chance for Dallas to exert further mastery over a team it had beaten six straight times, a chance to dust off the old Flex defense principles and stop Walter Payton.

All those sensible notions vanished under an assault wave that made it look as if the Bears were playing 15 men against 11.

Chicago would lose just once in 1985, to the Dolphins in Week 13, and win its only Super Bowl title in a 46--10 rout of the Patriots.

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