1942 Chicago Bears and 2007 New England Patriots

This won’t make Patriots fans feel any better but consider this.

The 1942 Chicago Bears lost the NFL Championship to the Washington Redskins 14-6.

The Chicago Bears of that year had the best offense AND defense in the NFL.  They set the then NFL scoring record with 376 points and held opponents to the fewest points of any other team in the NFL at 84.

They went 11-0 during the regular season, and get this, were on an 18 game winning streak dating back to the previous season.  And they were said to have not just beaten opponents that year but generally decimated them. Some odds makers had the Redskins as 22 point underdogs.

In the game, the Bears offense did not score a point. Their only score came on a fumble returned for a TD (kick failed).  And the Redskins defensive line evidently played a phenomenal game and had a goal line stand during the game.

One of the Redskins touchdowns came on a pass reception by Redskin back Wilbur Moore (thrown by Sammy Baugh) that was described as a “breathtaking, over-the-helmet catch in stride while tumbling into the end zone,” while a defender was draped across his back.

Sound familiar?

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