Da Bears Steamroll Cowboys In Record Fashion 44-0
There have been many defeats and several blowouts for the Dallas Cowboys over the course of 54 NFL seasons, but none more thorough than Chicago’s 44-0 trampling on a cool November afternoon in 1985.
With Jim McMahon ailing on the sideline and inactive, the Cowboys thought they would be able to steal one from an undefeated Bears team some viewed as overrated. But once the action started, it didn’t take Danny White and Co. very long to figure out that not only was the Dallas offense outmanned, but simply outclassed by a ferocious Chicago defense that would go down in NFL annals as one of the finest.
A sluggish start from both sides lulled the Dallas faithful into a false sense of security. With the score knotted in a scoreless tie late in the first quarter, White dropped back from his own 3-yard line only to have defensive end Dan Hampton bat the ball up in the air, where it eventually fell into the waiting arms of Richard Dent, who lumbered the final yard for the game’s first score. Dent continued the assault, dropping White for a 6-yard loss on the next play.
White appeared shaken later in the quarter after taking another hit, and was replaced by Gary Hogeboom. Hogeboom faired no better, tossing interceptions on two of his first three pass attempts (it would have been a perfect three-for-three if safety Dave Duerson had managed to hold onto a third down throw). By the time White returned to the lineup to begin the third quarter, tight end Doug Cosbie was gone with a neck injury and the Bears had built a 24-0 lead.
The Dallas offense managed only 171 total yards on the afternoon, and turned the ball over five times on the way to being shutout for the first time since a 38-0 embarrassment at the hands of the Cardinals on Monday Night Football in 1970.