This Day In Sports History (January 26th) – Super Bowl XX
It was on this day in 1986 that Super Bowl XX was held at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Chicago Bears defeated the New England Patriots 46-10 to finish their season at 18-1.
This Chicago Bears team was led by their stellar defense, which many consider to be the best defense in football history. The “46 Zone” defense led the league in several defensive categories during the regular season and dominated the Patriots throughout the entire game. The Bears recorded seven sacks and held New England to just seven rushing yards on the day. Defensive end Richard Dent, who led the league in sacks, was named the game’s Most Valuable Player as he recorded 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and also defended a pass.
Chicago quarterback Jim McMahon rushed for two touchdowns and defensive tackle William “The Refrigerator” Perry also ran one in from one yard out. The only thing that went wrong for the Bears was they were unable to get a touchdown for future hall-of-fame and all-time great running back Walter Payton.
Here are highlights from Super Bowl XX.
Wayne Gretzky, NHL – Born January 26th 1961 (age 51) in Brantford, Ontario
Vince Carter, NBA – Born January 26th 1977 (age 35) in Daytona Beach, Florida
Gerald Green, NBA – Born January 26th 1986 (age 26) in Houston, Texas