On January 6, 1985, the Chicago Bears faced a San Francisco 49ers squad that really gave them a problem. The Bears lost the 1984 NFC Championship 23-0 at Candlestick Park to Joe Montana and the 49ers. The loss to San Francisco made Chicago Bears history. This was the last loss until the Dan Marino-led Dolphins handed the Bears their only defeat en route to a championship the following year.
NFC Championship Recap
The Chicago Bears’ defense held the 49ers to only six points in the first half. San Francisco kicker Ray Wersching nailed a 21-yard field goal in the first quarter followed by a 22-yard field goal in the second quarter.
The Bears were only down by six heading into halftime. In the third quarter, the Bears couldn’t get any offense rolling and the defense finally gave up the first touchdown of the game. Wendell Tyler rushed for a nine-yard touchdown. After the extra point, the Bears trailed 13-0.
In the fourth quarter, Joe Montana found Freddie Solomon for the only touchdown through the air in the game. They connected for a 10-yard score and increased the 49ers’ lead to 20-0. Wersching hit one final 34-yard field goal for some heartbreaking insurance. The final score was 23-0.
The Bears were dominated in this game. Walter Payton rushed 22 times for 92 yards. Chicago had a total of 37 net passing yards and quarterback Steve Fuller threw one interception. The Bears’ defense allowed 387 total yards in spite of having two interceptions from Gary Fencik.
After beating Chicago, the 49ers went on to win Super Bowl XIX 38-16 over the Miami Dolphins. This crushing defeat at the hands of the best in the league propelled the Bears toward greatness. The following season, their legendary defense took the NFL world by storm and the rest is history.
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