10 surprising stats from the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl season
We all know about The Fridge’s touchdown in the Super Bowl-- and the fact that Walter Payton didn’t get a touchdown of his own in the 46-10 blowout of the Patriots.
We know the defense was dominant, Richard Dent won MVP, and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan was essentially a second head coach on the team.
But we bet you don’t know some of these following facts.
As famous as the 1985 Bears defense is, their 456 points scored is a franchise record. The 198 points allowed in 1985 is the second fewest they have allowed in a 16-game season.
The fewest was 187 – the following season in 1986! But they fell from 456 to 352 points that year.
Trying to pass against the 1985 Bears was useless. Here’s how opponents fared in 19 games, including playoffs: 46.5% comp pct., 3,125 yards, 17 TD, 37 INT and 50.2 passer rating.
Willie Gault led the 1985 Bears with a mere 704 receiving yards – good for only 42nd in the NFL.
The Bears outscored their opponents in the 1985 postseason 91-10. Their +81 point differential is the third best in a single postseason in NFL history (among teams that went to the Super Bowl). Of all Super Bowl participants, the 10 total points allowed by the '85 Bears over the course of a single postseason is the fewest.
Kyle Fuller led the Bears with three interceptions in 2019. Nobody else had more than two.
The 1985 Bears had SEVEN players with at least three interceptions: Leslie Frazier (6), Dave Duerson (5), Gary Fencik (5), Wilber Marshall (4), Mike Richardson (4), Otis Wilson (3), Ken Taylor (3).
In four November games, the 1985 Bears outscored their opponents 120-13: 16-10 at Green Bay, 24-3 vs Detroit, 44-0 at Dallas, 36-0 vs Atlanta.
As a rookie in 1985, William “The Refrigerator” Perry recorded five sacks, but also had two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown. Since the sack was introduced as an official stat in 1982, Perry remains the only NFL player with five sacks, one rushing TD and one receiving TD in a season.
Richard Dent led the 1985 Bears with 17.0 sacks. He had 17.5 sacks the year before. He’s one of four players in NFL history with consecutive seasons of 17+ sacks (since the sack became an official stat in 1982).
Mark Gastineau 1983-84
Richard Dent 1984-85
Reggie White 1986-88
J.J. Watt 2014-15
In 1985, Walter Payton recorded his ninth career 1,000-yard season, passing Franco Harris’ NFL record (Tony Dorsett tied Harris with eight in 1985). Payton finished with 10 seasons of 1,000 yards; he’s tied with Barry Sanders and Curtis Martin for second in NFL history behind Emmitt Smith (11).
The Bears allowed seven rushing yards in Super Bowl XX. That’s the fewest ever allowed in a Super Bowl. Tony Collins led the Patriots with four yards. Craig James, who rushed for 1,227 yards during the regular season, had five attempts for one yard. William Perry had as many rushing yards as Craig James, and the Fridge even scored a TD.