Reprinted with permission from "DA BEARS!" by Steve Delsohn. Copyright © 2010. Published by Crown Archetype/Publishers, a division of Random House Inc.
Getting fired up for the Cowboys wasn't an issue. The Bears had a number of reasons to want to destroy them. Chicago had last beaten Dallas in 1971, then lost the next six encounters -- meaning nobody on these Bears had ever defeated the Cowboys. [Mike] Ditka had coached only once against his mentor, Tom Landry, in 1984 at Soldier Field. In an unguarded moment after the Bears lost 23-14, Ditka blamed himself and admitted how much the game had meant to him.
"I got uptight. I choked. I really wanted to win that one," said Ditka.