Date: Jan 26, 1986
Final: Chicago 46, New England 10
Full disclosure: I'm from Chicago, so I admit I'm biased.
But there are enough elements in this Super Bowl to rank it high even for those outside of Chicago.
There was diversity of offense (deep throws, short throws and solid running).
There was the comical sight of gap-toothed defensive rookie William "Refrigerator" Perry plunged in from the one-yard line to score a touchdown.
There was the sad realization that Walter Payton never scored. Head coach Mike Ditka, who called the goal-line score for Perry as well as another one for quarterback Jim McMahon, said not calling Payton's number at the goal was one of the biggest regrets of his life.
There was a defense so dominating it piled up seven sacks and six turnovers. It also limited the Patriots to an unheard-of negative-19 yards of total offense in the first half.
The Bears defense was in the backfield more than the Patriots offense.
The "46" defense also limited the Patriots to a record-low seven rushing yards.
Super Bowl MVP Richard Dent at one point literally shook running back Craig James until he fumbled the ball.
Altogether, it was compelling football to watch for practically the entire game (even backup defensive tackle Henry Waechter got in on the scoring with a safety in the fourth quarter).
So though the game was a blowout, it was arguably the most fun Super Bowl blowout ever—unless you were a Patriots fan.
What's more, this was the only Super Bowl where the events leading up to the actual game were also memorable.
For one thing, the Bears addressed media curiosity over the team's music video, a truly 80s-esque excess of Bears players rapping about being Super Bowl champs—taped in mid-season. The rap song was certified gold. The video's cheesiness and profits going to charity drew chuckles rather than consternation about arrogance.
Also in the weeks preceding the game, quarterback Jim McMahon mooned a news helicopter, dealt with false accusations of declaring "all the women of New Orleans sluts", and clashed with team officials over his personal acupuncturist.
This was one Super Bowl where the entire experience—not just the game itself—was memorable.