Fans can now watch one of the 1985 Bears' signature wins in its entirety on the team's website, app and YouTube channel for free.
The Bears' 44-0 shellacking of the Cowboys at Texas Stadium on Nov. 17, 1985 was memorable for many reasons. It enabled the Bears to improve to 11-0, clinch the NFC Central championship and snap a six-game skid against Dallas. It was also coach Mike Ditka's first win over his mentor, Cowboys coach Tom Landry.
"Everyone wanted it, more so for Mike," Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton said after the game. "It seemed like the energy and electricity from him just flowed into the other players."
In dealing the Cowboys their worst home loss in franchise history, the dominant Bears defense permitted only 171 yards, generated five takeaways and four sacks, and returned two of four interceptions for touchdowns.
Richard Dent picked off a pass at the Dallas 1 that Dan Hampton had deflected high in the air and shuffled into the end zone. Mike Richardson later returned an interception 36 yards for a TD to give the Bears a 24-0 halftime lead.
Offensively, Payton rushed for 132 yards on 22 carries and completed a 33-yard pass to Tim Wrightman. Starting at quarterback for the injured Jim McMahon, Steve Fuller connected on just 9 of 24 passes for 164 yards and one interception.
See the game in its entirety below.
The 44-0 win over the Cowboys is the third classic Bears game that fans can watch on the team's website, app and YouTube channel for free. The others are Super Bowl XX from Jan. 26, 1986 and a 15-6 division-clinching win over the Rams played on Dec. 9, 2018 at Soldier Field.
In addition, the NFL is offering complimentary access to NFL Game Pass, providing fans the opportunity to re-watch regular and postseason NFL games dating back to 2009, previous seasons of award-winning NFL Films series such as "Hard Knocks" and "A Football Life," and exclusive NFL Game Pass Film Sessions with some of the league's star players and coaches.