Back in the mid- to late-80s, I expected the Bears to win every Sunday.
Until the playoffs, that is. When the playoffs started, I usually expected trouble. And I was usually right. After 1985, when the Bears, of course, went 3-0 and won the SuperBowl, the Bears compiled a putrid 1980s playoff record of 1-3. In 1990 and 1991, the Bears went an additional 1-2 in the playoffs. The Bears made the playoffs once more in the 1990s, under Dave Wannstedt, and went 1-1 again.
That makes a playoff record of 3-6 in the 1980s and 1990s after the 1985 SuperBowl.
The Bears made the playoffs three times from 2000 to today. The team’s record in these games is pretty mediocre, too: 2-3. That gives us a postseason record of 5-9 in 14 playoff games since the SuperBowl winning year.
Of course, the Bears did go to a second SuperBowl in 2006, though we all know how that turned out.
There is hope, though. The reason for many of those nine playoff losses was horrible quarterback play. Today, in Jay Cutler, the Bears finally have a real NFL quarterback. Maybe the team’s postseason record will improve.