Yearbook, Dec. 8: The Bears' record win

December, 8, 2012
Dec. 8, 1940: Washington went 9-2 in the regular season, Chicago 8-3. Washington and Chicago met in mid-November, with the former winning 7-3.

But when the two teams squared off on this day 72 years ago with the NFL championship on the line, the unthinkable -- and, thus far, unmatchable -- happened.

The Bears won 73-0. That's still the largest margin of victory in NFL history. As the story goes, Chicago coach George Halas was asked to run or pass for the final two PATs because too many footballs had been kicked into the stands.

Bill Osmanski with the Chicago Bears in 1940AP PhotoBill Osmanski runs 68 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the game.
Joe Stydahar of the Chicago Bears in 1940AP Photo/NFL PhotosJoe Stydahar recovers a fumble during the blowout.
The Chicago-Washington 1940 NFL championship gameAP PhotoOuch.
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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