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."
|1942 Chicago Bears season|
|Head coach||George Halas|
|Home field||Wrigley Field|
|Division place||1st NFL Western|
|Playoff finish||Lost NFL Championship|
|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|
|Championship||December 13, 1942||at Washington Redskins||L 14–6|
|NFL Western Division|
|Green Bay Packers||8||2||1||.800||6–2||300||215||W2|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
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.
|Division championships (21)|
|Conference championships (4)|
|League championships (9)|
|Current league affiliations|
Championship seasons in bold