’85 Bears Flashback: Bears Beat Vikings 27-9 to Move to 8-0


This season marks the 25th anniversary of the 1985 Super Bowl Bears. We’ll look back at all of the games leading up to the last Lombardi Trophy coming to Halas Hall. To take the full trip down memory lane, check out Run The Ball for a complete DVD series of every game of the histiric 1985 Bears season. Tell them Bear Goggles On sent you! You can also get your ticket to join the ‘85 Bears in their Glory Days Reunion here. Tickets are still available, so go get them today! Special thanks to a couple of YouTube channels for the great ‘85 Bears stuff they have as well – here and here. Check em out!

October 27, 1985

The Vikings headed to Soldier Field for a rematch with the Bears who had beaten them in thrilling, come-from-behind fashion a few Thursday nights earlier.  Jim McMahon’s heroics added to his legend.  Getting the Vikings at Soldier Field would only make matters worse for the visitors.

McMahon marched the Bears down the field and seven plays in, he connected with Dennis McKinnon for a 33-yard touchdown pass to put the Bears up 7-0.  After a Kevin Butler field goal gave the Bears a 10-0 lead, the Vikings tried to make a game of it with a Darrin Nelson 1-yard TD run.

The second half was all Bears and all defense, as the Bears racked up 5 interceptions for the day en route to a 27-9 victory.  Walter Payton rushed for 118 and Jim McMahon tossed 2 TD passes as the Bears cruised to an 8-0 start.

Check out the highlights:

This description from the Chicago Tribune archives and Don Pierson:

"The Bears won the first half of the National Football League season Sunday and decided to look at it as half empty rather than half full.They did admit they aren`t half bad after their 27-9 victory over the Vikings in Soldier Field. But on a day when the Los Angeles Rams` loss to the San Francisco 49ers made the Bears the only 8-0 team, they preferred to dwell on their imperfections.They complained of poor execution on a day when they half killed the team that used to dominate the NFC Central Division the way they are doing.They refused to claim they have the title wrapped up on a day when the 0-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers were mathematically eliminated."

For a complete box score from this game or any from the ’85 season, be sure to check out Pro Football Reference.