Using Whatifsports.com’s simulator (http://whatifsports.com/locker/), I am introducing a new, hopefully daily, column. Today’s WIS Match-up of the Day will be between two past Super Bowl champions, and have arguably two of the best defensive units of all-time. The 1985 Chicago Bears (and the Super Bowl Shuffle) and the 2000 Baltimore Ravens (and Ray Lewis’ one-of-a-kind pregame dance)..
The Place: LA Coliseum
Game Day Weather: 70 degrees, 0% precipitation, light wind
Offensive playbook: Favor run (both teams)
A majority of the scoring in this game happened in the fourth quarter, which is very uncharacteristic with two defenses of this caliber on the field.
Chicago’s Hall of Fame running back, and today’s player of the game, Walter Payton, opened the scoring up with a 17-yard catch and run late in the second quarter of play. Kevin Butler’s extra point made it a 7-0 game and was, again, the only score of the first half.
Both offensive units surprisingly played nearly mistake-free football. Baltimore’s two signal-callers–starter Trent Dilfer and Tony Banks–were rather inconsistent, completing just 13 of 30 pass attempts, but did not turn the ball over. On the other side, Chicago’s usually sub-par quarterback Jim McMahon managed to stay turnover-less as well.
Possible Hall of Fame kicker Matt Stover finally put Baltimore on the board with a 48-yard field goal early in the final quarter of play. Baltimore took their first lead 12 minutes later when Obafemi Ayanbadejo squeezed in to the end zone from two yards out.
McMahon drove his Bears’ offense down the field and, with under a minute to go, threw his second and final touchdown pass of the game to WR Willie Gault, a 38-yard connection. The drive lasted seven plays and went for 66 yards before the score put Mike Ditka’s Bears up 14-10.
Trent Dilfer failed to get a drive together, going just four plays before turning the ball over on downs. Chicago kicker Kevin Butler sealed the win with a last-second 38-yard field goal.
BAL 10, CHI 17
Box Score: http://whatifsports.com/NFL/boxscore.asp?GameID=3275154&teamfee=-1&theme=-1
As expected, most of the stat categories were nearly identical. Great game. Come back tomorrow for the next ‘WIS Match-up of the Day’