Super Bowl XX (20)
New England Patriots:
Half Time Show
Headliner: Up With People.
New Orleans, LA
Date: August 18, 1970
Defensive End (DE)
The NFC champion Chicago Bears, seeking their first NFL title since 1963, scored a Super Bowl-record 46 points in dominating the AFC champion New England 46-10 in Super Bowl XX. The previous record for most points 38, was shared by San Francisco in XIX and the Los Angeles Raiders in XVIII.
The Bears' league best defense tied a Super Bowl record for sacks (7) and limited the Patriots to a Super Bowl record low seven rushing yards.
New England took the quickest lead in Super Bowl history when Tony Franklin kicked a 36-yard field goal with 1:19 elapsed in the first after Larry McGrew's fumble recovery at the Chicago 19-yard line.
The Bears rebounded for a 23-3 first-half lead, while building a yardage advantage of 236 total yards to New England's minus 19. Running back Matt Suhey rushed eight times for 37 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown run, and caught one pass for 24 yards in the first half.
The Patriot's first drive of the second half ended with a punt to the Bears' 4-yard line, Chicago marched 96 yards in nine plays with quarterback Jim McMahon's 1 yard touchdown run. McMahon became the first quarterback in Super Bowl history to rush for a pair of touchdowns.
The Bears completed their scoring via a 28-yard interception return by reserve cornerback Reggie Phillips, a 1-yard run by defensive tackle/fullback William Perry, and a safety when defensive end Henry Waechter tackled Patriots quarterback Steve Grogan in the end zone.
Bears defensive end Richard Dent became the fourth defender to be named the game's most valuable player after contributing 1½ sacks. The Bears' victory margin of 36 points set a new Super Bowl record, bettering the previous mark of 29 by the Los Angeles Raiders when they topped Washington 38-9 in Game XVIII.
McMahon completed 12 of 20 passes for 256 yards before leaving the game in the fourth period with a wrist injury. Walter Payton, the NFL's all-time leading rusher, for the Bears carried the ball 22 times for 61 yards.
Wide receiver Willie Gault caught four passes for 129 yards, the fourth-most receiving yards in a Super Bowl. Chicago coach Mike Ditka became the second man (Tom Flores of Raiders was the other) to win a Super Bowl ring as a player and as a coach.