1961 Chicago Bears season

The 1961 Chicago Bears season was their 42nd regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted an 8–6 record under George Halas, which was an improvement over the 5–6–1 record of the previous season.

1961 Chicago Bears season
Head coachGeorge Halas
General managerGeorge Halas
OwnerGeorge Halas
Home fieldWrigley Field
Results
Record8–6
Division place3rd NFL Western
Playoff finishdid not qualify

Offseason

On January 14, Chicago Bears End Willard Dewveall played out his option and joined the Houston Oilers of the American Football League. He became the first player to move deliberately from one league to another.[1]

The Bears were notable for taking part in an exhibition game in their first ever game outside of the United States, taking on the CFL's Montreal Alouettes (the original team), winning 34–16.[2]

NFL Draft

Roster

1961 Chicago Bears final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
53 Active, 5 Inactive, 5 Practice squad

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 17, 1961 at Minnesota Vikings L 37–13
32,236
2 September 23, 1961 at Los Angeles Rams W 21–17
53,315
3 October 1, 1961 at Green Bay Packers L 24–0
38,669
4 October 8, 1961 at Detroit Lions W 31–17
53,854
5 October 15, 1961 Baltimore Colts W 24–10
48,719
6 October 22, 1961 San Francisco 49ers W 31–0
49,070
7 October 29, 1961 at Baltimore Colts W 21–20
57,641
8 November 5, 1961 at Philadelphia Eagles L 16–14
60,671
9 November 12, 1961 Green Bay Packers L 31–28
49,711
10 November 19, 1961 at San Francisco 49ers L 41–31
52,972
11 November 26, 1961 Los Angeles Rams W 28–24
45,965
12 December 3, 1961 Detroit Lions L 16–15
51,017
13 December 10, 1961 Cleveland Browns W 17–14
38,717
14 December 17, 1961 Minnesota Vikings W 52–35
34,539

Game summaries

Week 1

1 234Total
Bears 0 607 13
• Vikings 3 71413 37
  • Date: September 17
  • Location: Metropolitan Stadium
  • Game attendance: 32,236
  • Game weather: 61°F; wind 13

[3]

Week 2

1 234Total
• Bears 7 077 21
Rams 3 707 17

[4]

Week 3

1 234Total
Bears 0 000 0
• Packers 7 377 24
  • Date: October 1
  • Location: City Stadium
  • Game attendance: 38,669
  • Game weather: 46°F; wind 19

[5]

Week 4

1 234Total
• Bears 0 7321 31
Lions 10 070 17
  • Date: October 8
  • Location: Tiger Stadium
  • Game attendance: 53,854
  • Game weather: 60°F; wind 7

[6]

Week 5

1 234Total
Colts 0 703 10
Bears 3 7014 24

[7]

Week 6

1 234Total
49ers 0 000 0
• Bears 0 14710 31
  • Date: October 22
  • Location: Wrigley Field
  • Game attendance: 49,070
  • Game weather: 49°F; wind 8

[8]

Week 7

1 234Total
Bears 0 777 21
Colts 7 760 20

[9]

Week 8

1 234Total
Bears 7 700 14
• Eagles 3 760 16
  • Date: November 5
  • Location: Franklin Field
  • Game attendance: 60,671
  • Game weather: 68°F; wind 9

[10]

Week 9

1 234Total
• Packers 7 2130 31
Bears 7 0714 28
  • Date: November 12
  • Location: Wrigley Field
  • Game attendance: 49,711
  • Game weather: 52°F; wind 13

[11]

Week 10

1 234Total
Bears 7 3714 31
• 49ers 17 3210 41
  • Date: November 19
  • Location: Kezar Stadium
  • Game attendance: 52,972
  • Game weather: 48°F; wind 7

[12]

Week 11

1 234Total
Rams 7 0314 24
• Bears 7 1407 28
  • Date: November 26
  • Location: Wrigley Field
  • Game attendance: 45,965
  • Game weather: 49°F; wind 12

[13]

Week 12

1 234Total
• Lions 0 907 16
Bears 3 363 15
  • Date: December 3
  • Location: Wrigley Field
  • Game attendance: 51,017
  • Game weather: 44°F; wind 10

[14]

Week 13

1 234Total
Browns 14 000 14
• Bears 0 0017 17
  • Date: December 10
  • Location: Wrigley Field
  • Game attendance: 38,717
  • Game weather: 30°F; wind 15

[15]

Week 14

1 234Total
Vikings 14 777 35
• Bears 7 14247 52

[16]

Standings

NFL Western Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 11 3 0 .786 9–3 391 223 W1
Detroit Lions 8 5 1 .615 7–4–1 270 258 L1
Chicago Bears 8 6 0 .571 7–5 326 302 W2
Baltimore Colts 8 6 0 .571 6–6 302 307 W1
San Francisco 49ers 7 6 1 .538 6–5–1 346 272 L1
Los Angeles Rams 4 10 0 .286 3–9 263 333 L1
Minnesota Vikings 3 11 0 .214 3–9 285 407 L2

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

References

  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 282
  2. ^ http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?STORY_ID=7241
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-Dec-05.
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  6. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-Dec-05.
  7. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  8. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-Dec-05.
  9. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  10. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-Dec-05.
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  15. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-Dec-05.
  16. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
Scoring summary
1CHIRoger LeClerc 14-yard field goalBears 3–0
2BALJohnny Unitas 7-yard run (Steve Myhra kick)Colts 7–3
2CHIJohnny Morris 8-yard pass from Ed Brown (Roger LeClerc kick)Bears 10–7
4BALSteve Myhra 32-yard field goalTie 10–10
4CHIWillie Galimore 84-yard pass from Ed Brown (Roger LeClerc kick)Bears 17–10
4CHIRick Casares 1-yard run (Roger LeClerc kick)Bears 24–10
Scoring summary
1BALJoe Perry 21 -yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)Colts 7–0
2BALLenny Moore 68-yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)Colts 14–0
2CHIMike Ditka 19-yard pass from Bill Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)Colts 14–7
3BALAlex Hawkins 1-yard run (kick failed)Colts 20–7
3CHIJohnny Morris 41-yard pass from Bill Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)Colts 20–14
4CHIRick Casares 5-yard run (Roger LeClerc kick)Bears 21–20
Scoring summary
1MINHugh McElhenny 81 yard punt return (Mike Mercer kick)MIN 7–0
1MINJerry Reichow 30 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Mike Mercer kick)MIN 14–0
1CHIAngelo Coia 62 yard pass from Bill Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)MIN 14–7
2CHIWillie Galimore 8 yard run (Roger LeClerc kick)Tie 14–14
2CHIMike Ditka 2 yard pass from Bill Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)CHI 21–14
2MINJerry Reichow 11 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Mike Mercer kick)Tie 21–21
3CHIAngelo Coia 16 yard pass from Bill Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)CHI 28–21
3CHIRoger LeClerc 17 yard field goalCHI 31–21
3CHIMike Ditka 30 yard pass from Bill Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)CHI 38–21
3MINGordie Smith 10 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Mike Mercer kick)CHI 38–28
3CHICharlie Bivins 30 yard run (Roger LeClerc kick)CHI 45–28
4MINJerry Reichow 24 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Mike Mercer kick)CHI 45–35
4CHIWillie Galimore 60 yard run (Roger LeClerc kick)CHI 52–35
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