Chicago Bears – 1986
On paper, the Bears had a decent season in 1986 because they achieved 14 wins and made it to the playoffs. But the incumbent Super Bowl champions entered the postseason as the favorite. These positive results justifiably made them into one of the most hyped NFL teams ever but they failed to live up to this billing (via Sportscasting).
Unfortunately, Jim McMahon suffered a brutal hit and this was a fatal blow for Chicago’s season. They lost in the divisional round against the Redskins in a manner that disappointed their fans. It’s possible to point the finger at Charles Martin because he took McMahon out of contention. But it was a shame that they had no Plan B without him.