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Fans can re-watch Super Bowl XX, more complete games for free

Chicago Bears
27 Mar 2020, 00:37 GMT+10

Last Wednesday the NFL began offering complimentary access to NFL Game Pass, providing fans the opportunity to re-watch complete games dating back to 2009 as well as award-winning NFL Films series such as "Hard Knocks" and "A Football Life."

In addition to that, fans now will also be able to watch select classic games on their favorite team's website, app and YouTube channel for free. The first game that has been made available for Bears fans to re-watch on the club's digital platforms is Super Bowl XX.

Played on Jan. 26, 1986 at the Louisiana Superdome, the famed 1985 Bears capped a magical season by dismantling the New England Patriots 46-10. The relentless Bears defense, which is still considered by many to be the greatest in NFL history, battered the overmatched Patriots, yielding just seven yards rushing, registering seven sacks and scoring on an interception return and a safety.

After Tony Franklin's 36-yard field goal gave New England a 3-0 lead, the Bears responded by scoring 44 unanswered points to set a record that has since been broken for the most lopsided victory in Super Bowl history.

The Patriots gained positive yards on just one of their first 15 plays. Eason was yanked in favor of veteran Steve Grogan after going 0 of 6 with three sacks. In the first half, New England had one first down, minus-five yards rushing and minus-14 yards passing.

"I'm not embarrassed," Patriots guard Ron Wooten said after the game. "I'm humiliated."

See the game in its entirety below.

The second Bears game-a 15-6 win over the Los Angeles Rams Dec. 9, 2018-is expected to be available for fans to re-watch for free April 3.

In that contest, the Bears defense aced its stiffest test of the season, dominating an explosive Rams offense. The unit did not allow a touchdown, produced four interceptions and a safety, and held NFL leading rusher Todd Gurley to a season-low 28 yards on 11 carries. The defense constantly harassed quarterback Jared Goff, who posted a career-low 19.1 passer rating.

The Rams entered the contest with an NFL-best 11-1 record, averaging 34.9 points and 439.9 yards per game. The defense's performance was even more impressive considering that the Rams started possessions at the Bears' 15, 49 and 27 following turnovers.

The only touchdown of the game was scored on a gadget play dubbed "Santa's Sleigh" on which Trubisky tossed a 2-yard TD pass to eligible lineman Bradley Sowell. The Bears had 10 linemen on the field-Sowell, five offensive linemen and four defensive linemen-along with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

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