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Bears "46" helps rout Patriots
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Jan. 26, 1986

The number 46 stands out for the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX. That's how many points Mike Ditka's team scores in a 46-10 destruction of the New England Patriots in the Superdome. It also is the name of the attacking-style defense that defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan favors.

The dominating "46" defense plays a huge role in limiting the Patriots to just 123 total yards, including only seven on the ground, and 12 first downs. The Bears recover four fumbles, intercept two passes (returning one for a touchdown) and have seven sacks (one for a safety). Defensive end Richard Dent, who forces two early New England fumbles and makes 1.5 sacks, is named MVP.

Quarterback Jim McMahon scores two touchdowns on short runs and William "The Refrigerator" Perry moves over from the defensive line to flop over for a one-yard TD to make it 44-3 in the third quarter. Only the chants from Chicago fans of "Payton, Payton" go unanswered. Walter Payton fails to score, about the only negative for the Bears, who finish the season with an 18-1 record, including 3-0 in the postseason.

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