Dent Dominates Raiders

Richard Dent, of course, found himself in the limelight often during his 12-year career with the Bears. His Super Bowl XX MVP performance notwithstanding, however, Dent enjoyed what are arguably his two most productive games as a Bear at the expense of Raider Nation.

On two separate occasions -- once during the 1984 campaign and again in 1987 -- the Raiders simply couldn't keep their quarterback out of the grasp of the four-time All-Pro defensive end.

The Bears' all-time leader in sacks recorded 4 1/2 sacks when he and Chicago's feared defense of the 1980s helped smother the then-Los Angeles Raiders 17-6 on November 4, 1984 at Soldier Field.

Three years later, Dent equaled that sack number -- 4 1/2 -- in a baseball-like 6-3 triumph over the Raiders at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Both are team records for sacks in a single game.

Dent, whom the Bears welcomed back this season as a defensive line coach, came up big during the 1984 meeting as Chicago was cruising to an NFC Central Division crown.

The Bears held a 14-6 second-quarter advantage, but LA was on the move, putting together what would be its biggest drive of the day. At the Bears' 16-yard line, Raider QB Marc Wilson dropped back to pass, but Wilson fumbled after Dent stripped the ball from him in the backfield. Dent pounced on the loose ball to end the threat.

All told, Buddy Ryan's "46" defense registered nine sacks, four fumbles and three interceptions on the afternoon.

Fast-forward to December 28, 1987 -- the Bears' season finale and Walter Payton's final regular-season game. Chicago had already locked up the Central Division title, but needed a victory to secure home-field advantage for its first postseason game.

Wilson again was the Raiders' quarterback, and again he found himself eating dirt nine times with Dent leading the charge. The Bears held LA to less than 200 yards of total offense for the game.

Dent played for the San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles before retiring in 1997. With 137.5 career sacks he's No. 5 in NFL history, behind Reggie White, Kevin Greene, Bruce Smith and Chris Doleman. Dent is the Bears all-time sack leader with 124.5.

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