WhatIfSports.com “played” the 1985 Chicago Bears against the 1987 San Francisco 49ers 1,000 times. The 1985 Chicago Bears win 88% of the time by an average score of 27-3. An example boxscore with a similar outcome is below.
1987 San Francisco 49ers  at  1985 Chicago Bears
Final - 12/18/2007 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
1987 San Francisco 49ers 0 3 0 0 3
1985 Chicago Bears 3 7 3 14 27
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter
CHI0:30FGKevin Butler 24 yds. 0-3
2nd Quarter
CHI10:33TDMatt Suhey 2 yd. pass from McMahon (Butler kick)0-10
SAN3:31FGRay Wersching 39 yds. 3-10
3rd Quarter
CHI0:45FGKevin Butler 33 yds. 3-13
4th Quarter
CHI6:52TDWalter Payton 20 yd. run (Butler kick)3-20
CHI2:31TDEmery Moorehead 1 yd. pass from McMahon (Butler kick)3-27
 
Team Statistics
 1987 San Francisco 49ers1985 Chicago Bears
First Downs 7 20
- Rushing 3 11
- Passing 4 9
- Penalty 0 0
3rd Down Eff 4/14 7/14
4th Down Eff 0/2 0/0
Rushes-Yards 31-95 40-249
Avg Rush 3.1 6.2
Comp-Att-Int 10-19-0 12-18-2
Passing Yards 47 173
Sacks-Yards 1-6 2-10
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Punts-Avg 6-39.0 3-42.0
KR-Avg 6-28.0 2-25.5
PR-Avg 3-10.0 6-4.7
Penalties-Yard 3-15 5-30
Time of Possession 25:02 34:58

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1987 San Francisco 49ers Individual Stats   1985 Chicago Bears Individual Stats
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
'87 Joe Cribbs 6 35 1 22 0
'87 Roger Craig 15 33 0 9 0
'87 Tom Rathman 6 17 0 10 0
'87 Joe Montana 3 10 0 7 0
'87 Harry Sydney 1 0 0 0 0
 
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
'85 Walter Payton 21 157 2 52 1
'85 Matt Suhey 9 64 1 33 0
'85 Jim McMahon 7 17 0 13 0
'85 Dennis Gentry 3 11 0 6 0
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
'87 Mike Wilson 2 26 0 0 16 0
'87 Roger Craig 2 12 0 0 7 0
'87 Jerry Rice 4 10 0 0 8 0
'87 Tom Rathman 1 6 0 0 6 0
'87 Dwight Clark 1 -1 0 0 -1 0
 
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
'85 Dennis McKinnon 3 69 2 1 40 0
'85 Willie Gault 3 54 1 1 48 0
'85 Ken Margerum 2 36 0 0 19 0
'85 Matt Suhey 2 12 0 0 10 1
'85 Emery Moorehead 2 12 0 0 11 1
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
'87 Joe Montana 10 19 53 0 0
 
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
'85 Jim McMahon 12 18 183 2 2
Field Goals
  Made Missed
'87 Ray Wersching 39 47
 
Field Goals
  Made Missed
'85 Kevin Butler 24,33 -

Player of the Game:
'85 Walter Payton (1985 Chicago Bears)
TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F1st Quarter Play by Play
1985 Chicago (CHI) at 15:00
15:00Kickoffown 300 - 0K1985 Chicago (CHI) prepares to kickoff.
1987 San Francisco (SAN) catch the ball at the SAN 10 and return it to the SAN 49.
1987 San Francisco (SAN) at 14:49
14:491/10own 490 - 0221 Craig picks up 1 yard off tackle left.
PENALTY on CHI: Incidental Facemask, 5 yards enforced on the 50.
14:131/4450 - 0131 Craig gains 2 yards up the middle.
13:372/2430 - 0221 Craig is buried for a loss of 1 yard.
13:023/3440 - 0221 Montana completes the pass to Rice who catches the ball and makes one guy miss before getting tackled for a 8 yd gain.
12:181/10360 - 0131 Montana flips the ball to Clark. Tackled for a loss of 1 yds before getting run out of bounds.
11:402/11370 - 0221 Montana's pass is to Craig who makes the catch and falls forward for a 7 yd gain.
10:563/4300 - 0131 Rathman carries, but is tackled for no gain.
10:204/4300 - 0FG1987 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a FG attempt.
Wersching's 47 yd. field goal attempt is wide left.
1985 Chicago (CHI) at 10:16
10:161/10own 370 - 0221 Payton picks up 6 yards on a draw play.
9:392/4own 430 - 0221 Payton rushes for 8 yards off tackle right.
9:021/10490 - 0131 McMahon soft pass is to Moorehead. Catch is good and Moorehead gets some yardage for a 11 yd gain.
8:211/10380 - 0221 Payton gains 1 yard on a sweep left.
7:412/9370 - 0212 Suhey picks his way for 33 yards.
6:561/Goal40 - 0221McMahon's pass is off the mark and intercepted.
Don Griffin returns the interception to the SAN 21.
1987 San Francisco (SAN) at 6:48
6:481/10own 210 - 0131 Rathman picks his way for 2 yards.
6:112/8own 230 - 0131 Craig picks up 4 yards off tackle left.
5:343/4own 270 - 0131 Montana's pass is just out of the reach of Rice.
5:294/4own 270 - 0P1987 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a punt.
1985 Chicago (CHI) return it to the CHI 38.
1985 Chicago (CHI) at 5:18
5:181/10own 380 - 0221 McMahon hits McKinnon downfield who holds on to the ball, makes a few guys miss for a 40 yd gain.
4:321/10220 - 0131 Payton is stopped at the line.
3:552/10220 - 0221 Suhey is buried for a loss of 2 yards.
3:203/12240 - 0140 PENALTY on CHI: Delay of Game, 5 yards enforced on the SAN 24 - NO PLAY.
3:203/17290 - 0131 McMahon's pass is to Margerum who makes the catch and falls forward for a 19 yd gain.
2:351/Goal100 - 0131 Payton is stopped at the line.
1:522/Goal100 - 0221 Payton picks up 2 yards on a draw play.
1:173/Goal80 - 0140 McMahon soft pass is to Gault. Tackled immediately for a 1 yd gain.
0:344/Goal70 - 0FG1985 Chicago (CHI) prepares for a FG attempt.
Butler's 24 yd. field goal is good!
Drive Summary: 7 plays, 60 yds, 4:44
1985 Chicago (CHI) at 0:30
0:30Kickoffown 300 - 3K1985 Chicago (CHI) prepares to kickoff.
1987 San Francisco (SAN) catch the ball at the SAN 8 and return it to the SAN 28.
1987 San Francisco (SAN) at 0:23
0:231/10own 280 - 3131 Rathman pounds ahead for 10 yards.
0:001/10own 380 - 3131Time Expires
End of 1st Quarter ... 1987 San Francisco: 0 1985 Chicago: 3

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F2nd Quarter Play by Play
15:001/10own 380 - 3131 Cribbs gains 2 yards on a sweep left.
14:202/8own 400 - 3221 Craig gets back to the line of scrimmage.
13:423/8own 400 - 3041 Montana screen pass is to Rice. Tackled for a loss of 3 yds.
13:004/11own 370 - 3P1987 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a punt.
1985 Chicago (CHI) return it to the CHI 32.
1985 Chicago (CHI) at 12:50
12:501/10own 320 - 3221 Payton picks up 4 yards off tackle left.
12:132/6own 360 - 3221 McMahon's pass is to Suhey who catches the ball and makes one guy miss before getting tackled for a 10 yd gain.
11:301/10own 460 - 3221 Payton picks his way for 52 yards.
10:401/Goal20 - 3131 Suhey comes down with the pass in the endzone.
1985 Chicago scores a touchdown!
10:33PAT 0 - 9FG1985 Chicago (CHI) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 4 plays, 68 yds, 2:17
1985 Chicago (CHI) at 10:33
10:33Kickoffown 300 - 10K1985 Chicago (CHI) prepares to kickoff.
1987 San Francisco (SAN) catch the ball at the SAN 9 and return it to the SAN 31.
1987 San Francisco (SAN) at 10:25
10:251/10own 310 - 10221 Craig picks up 7 yards off tackle left.
9:492/3own 380 - 10140 Cribbs carries, but is tackled for no gain.
9:093/3own 380 - 10230 Montana's pass is to Wilson who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 10 yd gain.
8:301/10own 480 - 10221 Montana completes the pass to Wilson who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 16 yd gain.
7:491/10360 - 10131 Rathman gets 4 yards on a pitch right, and runs out of bounds.
7:062/6320 - 10221 Montana soft pass is to Rice. Tackled immediately for a 1 yd gain.
6:253/5310 - 10221 Montana's short pass is to Craig who makes the catch and falls forward for a 5 yd gain.
5:431/10260 - 10221 Craig picks up 1 yard off tackle left.
5:002/9250 - 10221 Craig picks up 1 yard on a draw play.
4:173/8240 - 10041 Montana scrambles for 2 yards.
3:354/6220 - 10FG1987 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a FG attempt.
Wersching's 39 yd. field goal is good!
Drive Summary: 10 plays, 47 yds, 6:50
1987 San Francisco (SAN) at 3:31
3:31Kickoffown 303 - 10K1987 San Francisco (SAN) prepares to kickoff.
1985 Chicago (CHI) catch the ball at the CHI 7 and return it to the CHI 31.
1985 Chicago (CHI) at 3:23
3:231/10own 313 - 10221 Payton picks his way for 11 yards.
2:411/10own 423 - 10221 Gentry picks his way for 1 yard.
2:002/9own 433 - 10131*** 2 Minute Warning ***
2:002/9own 433 - 10131 Suhey gets 2 yards on a pitch right, and runs out of bounds.
1:563/7own 453 - 10041 McMahon overthrows Moorehead and the pass is incomplete.
1:494/7own 453 - 10P1985 Chicago (CHI) prepares for a punt.
1987 San Francisco (SAN) return it to the SAN 24.
1987 San Francisco (SAN) at 1:40
1:401/10own 243 - 10221 Craig gains 5 yards on a sweep left.
1:352/5own 293 - 10221*** 1987 San Francisco (SAN) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:352/5own 293 - 10140 Cribbs gets 22 yards on a pitch right.
1:121/10493 - 10221 Craig gains 2 yards on a sweep left.
0:552/8473 - 10221 PENALTY on SAN: False Start, 5 yards enforced on the CHI 47 - NO PLAY.
0:552/13own 483 - 10221 Craig rushes for a loss of 1 yard.
0:513/14own 473 - 10221*** 1987 San Francisco (SAN) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:513/14own 473 - 10041 Montana hits Rice but in and out of his hands.
0:444/14own 473 - 10P1987 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a punt.
1985 Chicago (CHI) return it to the CHI 23.
1985 Chicago (CHI) at 0:35
0:351/10own 233 - 10221 Payton gains 17 yards on a sweep left before running out of bounds.
0:291/10own 403 - 10221McMahon is sacked by Jeff Fuller for 5 yards.
0:222/15own 353 - 10221*** 1985 Chicago (CHI) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:222/15own 353 - 10221 McMahon soft pass is to McKinnon who makes the catch and is run out of bounds for a 6 yd gain.
0:163/9own 413 - 10140McMahon's pass is off the mark and intercepted.
Don Griffin returns the interception to the SAN 43.
1987 San Francisco (SAN) at 0:08
0:081/10own 433 - 10221 Montana zips the short pass to Rice who makes the catch and is run out of bounds for a 4 yd gain.
0:042/6own 473 - 10131 Montana scrambles for 1 yard.
End of 2nd Quarter ... 1987 San Francisco: 3 1985 Chicago: 10

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F3rd Quarter Play by Play
1987 San Francisco (SAN) at 15:00
15:00Kickoffown 303 - 10K1987 San Francisco (SAN) prepares to kickoff.
1985 Chicago (CHI) catch the ball at the CHI 4 and return it to the CHI 31.
1985 Chicago (CHI) at 14:51
14:511/10own 313 - 10221 Payton gains 5 yards on a sweep left.
14:082/5own 363 - 10140 Suhey is stopped at the line.
13:253/5own 363 - 10131 Suhey picks up 3 yards on a draw play.
12:454/2own 393 - 10P1985 Chicago (CHI) prepares for a punt.
1987 San Francisco (SAN) return it to the SAN 28.
1987 San Francisco (SAN) at 12:37
12:371/10own 283 - 10221 Montana scrambles to the sideline for 7 yards, and runs out of bounds.
11:542/3own 353 - 10131 Rathman pounds ahead for 2 yards.
11:113/1own 373 - 10221 Cribbs picks his way for 4 yards.
10:341/10own 413 - 10221 Cribbs picks up 3 yards on a draw play.
9:572/7own 443 - 10212 Craig is stopped at the line.
9:213/7own 443 - 10140 Cribbs rushes for 4 yards off tackle right.
8:374/3own 483 - 10P1987 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a punt.
1985 Chicago (CHI) return it to the CHI 25.
PENALTY on CHI: Holding, 8 yards enforced on the CHI 17.
1985 Chicago (CHI) at 8:26
8:261/10own 93 - 10221 Payton picks up 1 yard on a draw play.
7:502/9own 103 - 10131 McMahon's short pass is to Gault who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 5 yd gain.
7:123/4own 153 - 10230 Payton rushes for 18 yards off tackle right.
6:281/10own 333 - 10221 Suhey pounds ahead for 7 yards.
5:512/3own 403 - 10221 McMahon overthrows Suhey and the pass is incomplete.
5:443/3own 403 - 10131 McMahon completes the pass to Margerum who makes the catch and falls forward for a 17 yd gain.
5:011/10433 - 10221 Payton gains 2 yards up the middle.
4:212/8413 - 10212 McMahon scrambles for 2 yards.
3:383/6393 - 10221 Payton rushes for 8 yards off tackle right.
2:541/10313 - 10221 McMahon scrambles for 13 yards.
2:101/10183 - 10221 PENALTY on SAN: Encroachment, 5 yards enforced on the SAN 18 - NO PLAY.
2:101/5133 - 10131 Suhey gets back to the line of scrimmage.
1:352/5133 - 10140 McMahon hits McKinnon but in and out of his hands.
1:303/5133 - 10230 Payton carries, but is tackled for a loss of 3 yards.
0:494/8163 - 10FG1985 Chicago (CHI) prepares for a FG attempt.
Butler's 33 yd. field goal is good!
Drive Summary: 13 plays, 70 yds, 7:37
1985 Chicago (CHI) at 0:45
0:45Kickoffown 303 - 13K1985 Chicago (CHI) prepares to kickoff.
1987 San Francisco (SAN) catch the ball at the SAN 15 and return it to the SAN 38.
1987 San Francisco (SAN) at 0:37
0:371/10own 383 - 13221 Sydney gets back to the line of scrimmage.
0:002/10own 383 - 13131Time Expires
End of 3rd Quarter ... 1987 San Francisco: 3 1985 Chicago: 13

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F4th Quarter Play by Play
15:002/10own 383 - 13212 Montana screen pass falls incomplete.
14:553/10own 383 - 13131 Montana completes the pass to Rathman. Tackled immediately for a 6 yd gain.
14:124/4own 443 - 13P1987 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a punt.
1985 Chicago (CHI) return it to the CHI 19.
1985 Chicago (CHI) at 14:03
14:031/10own 193 - 13131McMahon is sacked by Dwaine Board for 5 yards.
13:182/15own 143 - 13212 McMahon's pass is to Payton who makes the catch and falls forward for a 8 yd gain.
PENALTY on CHI: Holding, 7 yards enforced on the CHI 14 - NO PLAY.
13:132/22own 73 - 13212 Payton gets back to the line of scrimmage.
12:333/22own 73 - 13041 McMahon scrambles for 5 yards.
11:474/17own 123 - 13P1985 Chicago (CHI) prepares for a punt.
1987 San Francisco (SAN) return it to the CHI 44.
1987 San Francisco (SAN) at 11:37
11:371/10443 - 13221 Craig pounds ahead for 3 yards.
10:552/7413 - 13221 Montana overthrows Wilson and the pass is incomplete.
10:493/7413 - 13041 Montana's pass is just out of reach of Wilson. Incomplete pass.
10:444/7413 - 13P1987 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a punt.
PENALTY on SAN: Delay of Game, 5 yards enforced on the CHI 41 - NO PLAY.
10:444/12463 - 13P1987 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a punt.
1985 Chicago (CHI) return it to the CHI 16.
1985 Chicago (CHI) at 10:35
10:351/10own 163 - 13221 McMahon overthrows Moorehead and the pass is incomplete.
10:292/10own 163 - 13212 McMahon scrambles for no gain.
9:473/10own 163 - 13131 PENALTY on CHI: Illegal Motion, 5 yards enforced on the CHI 16 - NO PLAY.
9:473/15own 113 - 13140 McMahon's long pass is to Gault. Catch is good and Gault gets big yardage for a 48 yd gain.
8:551/10413 - 13221 Suhey picks up 8 yards off tackle left.
8:172/2333 - 13212 Payton carries, but is tackled for no gain.
7:393/2333 - 13221 Suhey picks up 13 yards on a draw play.
6:591/10203 - 13221 Payton pounds ahead for 20 yards.
1985 Chicago scores a touchdown!
6:52PAT 3 - 19FG1985 Chicago (CHI) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 7 plays, 89 yds, 3:43
1985 Chicago (CHI) at 6:52
6:52Kickoffown 303 - 20K1985 Chicago (CHI) prepares to kickoff.
1987 San Francisco (SAN) catch the ball at the SAN 4 and return it to the SAN 39.
1987 San Francisco (SAN) at 6:41
6:411/10own 393 - 20131 Montana's long pass is broken up. Incomplete pass.
6:332/10own 393 - 20131 Montana overthrows Wilson and the pass is incomplete.
6:263/10own 393 - 20140 Montana overthrows Rathman and the pass is incomplete.
6:214/10own 393 - 20131 Montana overthrows Craig and the pass is incomplete.
1985 Chicago (CHI) at 6:16
6:161/10393 - 20221 Payton picks up 5 yards on a draw play.
5:332/5343 - 20221 Gentry picks up 6 yards on a draw play.
4:491/10283 - 20221 Payton gets back to the line of scrimmage.
4:082/10283 - 20212 Gentry picks up 4 yards off tackle left.
3:243/6243 - 20230 McMahon hits McKinnon who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 23 yd gain.
2:371/Goal13 - 20131 Moorehead comes down with the pass in the endzone.
1985 Chicago scores a touchdown!
2:31PAT 3 - 26FG1985 Chicago (CHI) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 6 plays, 39 yds, 3:45
1985 Chicago (CHI) at 2:31
2:31Kickoffown 303 - 27K1985 Chicago (CHI) prepares to kickoff.
1987 San Francisco (SAN) catch the ball at the SAN 13 and return it to the SAN 42.
1987 San Francisco (SAN) at 2:25
2:251/10own 423 - 27221 Craig gains 9 yards on a sweep left.
2:192/1493 - 27221*** 1987 San Francisco (SAN) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
2:192/1493 - 27212 Rathman is caught behind the line for a loss of 1 yard.
2:063/2503 - 27212 Craig gets back to the line of scrimmage.
2:004/2503 - 27122*** 2 Minute Warning ***
2:004/2503 - 27212Montana is sacked by William Perry for 6 yards.
1985 Chicago (CHI) at 1:53
1:531/10443 - 27212McMahon takes a knee.
1:112/11453 - 27212McMahon takes a knee.
0:293/12463 - 27212McMahon takes a knee.
0:004/13473 - 27PTime Expires
End of 4th Quarter ... 1987 San Francisco: 3 1985 Chicago: 27

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