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Dec. 8, 1940 – Bears beat the Redskins, 73-0, in the 8th NFL Championship Game

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The game was played at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., and broadcasted on radio by Mutual Broadcasting System, the first NFL title game broadcast nationwide. The Chicago Bears defeated the Washington Redskins, 73–0, the most one-sided victory in NFL history.

The Redskins had beat the Bears 7–3 in a regular season game three weeks earlier. After the contest, Redskins owner George Preston Marshall told reporters that the Bears were “quitters” and “cry babies” when the going got tough. As the Bears prepared for the rematch, Chicago head coach George Halas fired up his team by showing them newspaper articles of Marshall’s comments.

Less than a minute into the game, the Bears’ running back Bill Osmanski ran 68 yards to score the first touchdown. After the Redskins narrowly missed an opportunity to tie the game, the Bears clamped down and began to dominate, leaving the field at halftime with a 28-0 lead. Things only got worse for the Redskins, and by the end of the second half officials were asking Halas not to let his team kick for extra points, as they were running out of footballs after too many had been kicked into the stands.

The Bears followed their history-making win with two more consecutive championships, including a game against the New York Giants just two weeks after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Many great football players were subsequently drafted into World War II, and Halas himself would leave in 1942 for a tour of duty in the Pacific. In 1946, after the war ended, Halas and a number of former players returned to the team, and the Bears won their fourth NFL Championship in seven years.

Nov. 14, 1993 – Don Shula of the Miami Dolphins becomes the winningest coach in NFL history

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When the Miami Dolphins defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 19-14, on November 14, 1993, one of pro football’s most cherished NFL records was erased from the record book.

The Dolphins’ win gave Don Shula his 325th victory in 31 years as a pro football coach surpassing George Halas‘ decades-old mark of 324 coaching wins in 40 years with the Chicago Bears.

In 1970, after seven seasons with the Baltimore Colts, Shula took over as head coach of the Miami Dolphins, a job he kept for 25 years. Shula’s teams reached the playoffs 20 times in 33 seasons and won Super Bowls in 1972 and 1973. The 1972 Dolphins went 17-0 — the only undefeated season in the modern NFL annals.

Shula retired following the 1995 season. His regular season mark of 328-156-6 combined with a 19-17 post-season record gives the legendary coach a career mark of 347 wins, 173 losses and 6 ties. Just as Halas’ mark stood the test of time, Shula”s career coaching wins should very well hold for decades.

Don Shula’s Career Coaching Milestones

  • First Win: September 22, 1963 at San Francisco 49ers, 20-14
  • 100th Win: October 15, 1972 vs. San Diego Chargers, 24-10
  • 200th Win: November 8, 1981 at New England Patriots, 30-27 (OT)
  • 300th Win: September 22, 1991 vs. Green Bay Packers, 16-13
  • 324th Win: October 31, 1993 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 30-10
  • 325th Win: November 14, 1993 at Philadelphia Eagles, 19-14

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