1942 Chicago Bears season

The 1942 Chicago Bears season was their 23rd regular season and 7th postseason completed in the National Football League. The club posted an 11–0 record under head coach George Halas (who left for World War II in November) and temporary co-coaches Hunk Anderson and Luke Johnsos. The Bears were denied a three-peat and the undefeated season when they lost to the Washington Redskins in the year's title game. In the previous two NFL championship games, the Bears defeated the Redskins, 73–0, and then the Giants, 37–9.

The 1942 Bears were "the single most dominant team in the history of the NFL," according to Cold Hard Football Facts. "The 1942 Bears went 11–0, scored 376 points and surrendered just 84 points. That dominant team, like the undefeated 2007 Patriots, was upset in the NFL championship game."[1]

1942 Chicago Bears season
Head coachGeorge Halas
Hunk Anderson
Luke Johnsos
Home fieldWrigley Field
Results
Record11–0
Division place1st NFL Western
Playoff finishLost NFL Championship

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 27, 1942 at Green Bay Packers W 44–28
2 October 4, 1942 at Cleveland Rams W 21–7
3 October 11, 1942 Chicago Cardinals W 41–14
4 October 18, 1942 New York Giants W 26–7
5 October 25, 1942 Philadelphia Eagles W 45–14
6 November 1, 1942 Detroit Lions W 16–0
7 November 8, 1942 at Brooklyn Dodgers W 35–0
8 November 15, 1942 Green Bay Packers W 38–7
9 November 22, 1942 at Detroit Lions W 42–0
10 November 29, 1942 Cleveland Rams W 47–0
11 December 6, 1942 at Chicago Cardinals W 21–7

Postseason

Week Date Opponent Result
Championship December 13, 1942 at Washington Redskins L 14–6

Standings

NFL Western Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
Chicago Bears 11 0 0 1.000 8–0 376 84 W11
Green Bay Packers 8 2 1 .800 6–2 300 215 W2
Cleveland Rams 5 6 0 .455 3–5 150 207 L1
Chicago Cardinals 3 8 0 .273 3–5 98 209 L6
Detroit Lions 0 11 0 .000 0–8 38 263 L11

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

  1. ^ "Cold Hard Football Facts: 40 and Fabulous: in praise of passer rating". Archived from the original on August 17, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
Perfect season

A perfect season is a sports season including any requisite playoff portion, in which a team remains and finishes undefeated and untied. The feat is extremely rare at the professional level of any team sport, and has occurred more commonly at the collegiate and scholastic levels in the United States. A perfect regular season (known by other names outside the United States of America) is a season excluding any playoffs, where a team remains undefeated and untied; it is less rare than a complete perfect season but still exceptional.

A perfect season may be part of a multi-season winning streak.

Exhibition games are generally not counted toward standings, for or against. For example, the 1972 Miami Dolphins (below) lost three of their preseason ("exhibition" games in 1972 NFL vernacular) games but are considered to have had a perfect season.

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