Ken Stabler threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Larry Hardy and Toni Fritsch kicked a 40-yard field goal today to lead the New Orleans Saints to a 10-0 victory over the Chicago Bears, the Saints' first shutout in 88 games.
Disgusted Bears fans booed the pregame solidarity handshakes, cheered the presence of Jim Brady, the wounded White House press secretary, and chanted "strike, strike, strike" through much of the second half.
Stabler, the Saints' only experienced quarterback after Archie Manning was traded to Houston last week, worked the entire game, completing 11 of 17 passes for 147 yards.
The Saints (1-1) took the opening kickoff and went 80 yards in 10 plays for their touchdown, with Wayne Wilson carrying seven times for 44 yards and Stabler completing three passes for 41 yards. Wilson, taking over for the injured George Rogers, carried 33 times for 138 yards.
"I've been around for 42 years and played a lot of games but I don't believe I've ever been so humiliated in my life," said rookie Bears Coach Mike Ditka.
The closest the Bears (0-2) came to scoring in the first half was John Roveto's attempted 52-yard field goal, which fell short.
Despite using three quarterbacks, the Bears never put together any offense. Bob Avellini started at quarterback and was replaced by Vince Evans in the second quarter. Rookie Jim McMahon came on in the second half and completed his first pass to Brian Baschnagel for 13 yards.