Originally Posted by michaelm
In 1985, the 12-0 Chicago Bears played the 8-4 Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins handed the Bears the only defeat of their championship season 38-24.
IIRC, the Bears defense gave up less than 13 points per game that year, including the 38 given up in the Dolphins game.
That game was a spectacle, alright. Mark Duper and Mark Clayton...Dan Marino, they really aired it out on the Bears. Watched that one as a teen on Monday Night, I believe.
There was also when the Pittsburgh Steelers (who would go on to beat the L.A. Rams later on in the Super Bowl at the conclusion of the 1979-80 season)...got their butts handed to them 35-7
by Dan Fouts, Woodrow Lowe and the San Diego Chargers. I mean, the Steelers got their heads handed to them in that game. Also, during that season, the lowly Cincinnati Bengals thrashed the Steelers 34-10
The Oakland Raiders, winners of the Super Bowl the following year...got severely manhandled by Joe Cribbs and the Buffalo Bills, 24-7
, in Week 4 of the 1980 NFL campaign.
In recent times, the Steelers who won the Super Bowl 2005-06 season, got drubbed by the Indy Colts, 26-7
in Week 12.