1970 Chicago Bears season

The 1970 Chicago Bears season was their 51st regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 6–8 record, another below .500 showing, but a significant improvement over their 1–13 record of the previous season.

1970 Chicago Bears season
Head coachJim Dooley
OwnerGeorge Halas
Home fieldWrigley Field
Dyche Stadium
Results
Record6–8
Division place4th NFC Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify

Offseason

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
3 58 George Farmer Wide Receiver UCLA

Roster

1970 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
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular season

The Bears hosted their first home game of the season at Northwestern University's Dyche Stadium as an experiment. The Bears anticipated that their Wrigley Field landlord, the Chicago Cubs, might play in the National League Championship Series and World Series, and that Wrigley Field would be unavailable (at least for installation of temporary seating in right and center field) until well into October.[1] (The Cubs were in contention in the National League East until the final week of the 1970 season, thus rendering the anticipation moot.)[2][3]

In addition, the NFL was pressuring the Bears to move out of Wrigley Field, because it had no lights and its seating capacity was under 50,000 (even with additional seating in right field for football games), stipulations of the AFL–NFL merger agreement. The Bears planned to move to Evanston for the 1971 season, but Evanston residents petitioned city officials to block the move, and the Big Ten Conference ultimately barred the Bears from using Dyche Stadium;[4] the Bears moved to Chicago's Soldier Field.[5]

  • Prior to the season on June 16, running back Brian Piccolo died of cancer at age 26.

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 19 at New York Giants W 24–16
62,936
2 September 27 Philadelphia Eagles W 20–16
53,463
3 October 5 at Detroit Lions L 28–14
58,210
4 October 11 Minnesota Vikings L 24–0
45,485
5 October 18 San Diego Chargers L 20–7
45,278
6 October 25 Detroit Lions L 16–10
45,632
7 November 1 at Atlanta Falcons W 23–14
58,850
8 November 8 San Francisco 49ers L 37–16
45,607
9 November 15 at Green Bay Packers L 20–19
56,263
10 November 22 Buffalo Bills W 31–13
41,015
11 November 29 at Baltimore Colts L 21–20
60,240
12 December 5 at Minnesota Vikings L 16–13
47,900
13 December 13 Green Bay Packers W 35–17
44,957
14 December 20 at New Orleans Saints W 24–3
63,518

Season summary

Week 1

1 234Total
Bears 7 377 24
Giants 10 303 16

Week 2

1 234Total
Eagles 6 307 16
Bears 7 1003 20

[6]

Week 7

1 234Total
• Bears 10 373 23
Falcons 0 770 14

[7]

Week 10

1 234Total
Bills 6 007 13
Bears 0 14710 31

[8]

Week 13

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
1 234Total
Packers 3 0014 17
Bears 14 777 35
  • Date: Sunday, December 13
  • Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 32°F, wind 11 mph

Week 14

1 234Total
• Bears 0 7314 24
Saints 0 300 3

[9]

Standings

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Minnesota Vikings 12 2 0 .857 5–1 10–1 335 143 W3
Detroit Lions 10 4 0 .714 4–2 7–4 347 202 W5
Green Bay Packers 6 8 0 .429 2–4 4–7 196 293 L2
Chicago Bears 6 8 0 .429 1–5 5–6 256 261 W2

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

References

  1. ^ http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1970/07/22/page/49/article/bears-over-sue-evanston-n-u-over-use-of-dyche-stadium
  2. ^ "Pennant race at a glance". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. September 16, 1970. p. 16.
  3. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/CHC/1970-schedule-scores.shtml
  4. ^ http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1971/03/10/page/56/article/n-u-asks-special-big-10-meeting
  5. ^ http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1971/04/14/page/85/article/renovations-key-to-soldier-field
  6. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  7. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Sep-14.
  8. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  9. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Sep-14.
Scoring summary
1GiantsPete Gogolak 25-yard field goalGiants 3–0
1BearsCecil Turner 95-yard kickoff return (Mac Percival kick)Bears 7–3
1GiantsRon Johnson 12-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Pete Gogolak kick)Giants 10–7
2GiantsPete Gogolak 20-yard field goalGiants 13–7
2BearsMac Percival 28-yard field goalGiants 13–10
3BearsJack Concannon 1-yard run (Mac Percival kick)Bears 17–13
4GiantsPete Gogolak 45-yard field goalBears 17–16
4BearsDick Gordon 19-yard pass from Jack Concannon (Mac Percival kick)Bears 24–16
Scoring summary
1CHICecil Turner 96-yard kickoff return (Mac Percival kick)Bears 7–0
1PHIGary Ballman 7-yard pass from Norm Snead (kick failed)Bears 7–6
2CHIMac Percival 17-yard field goalBears 10–6
2PHIMark Moseley 42-yard field goalBears 10–9
2CHIDick Gordon 12-yard pass from Ronnie Bull (Mac Percival kick)Bears 17–9
4PHILee Bouggess 10-yard run (Mark Moseley kick)Bears 17–16
4CHIMac Percival 36-yard field goalBears 20–16
Scoring summary
Q1CHIShy 1 yard run (Percival kick)CHI 7–0
Q1CHIPercival 30 yard field goalCHI 10–0
Q2ATLGipson 20 yard pass from Berry (Vinyard kick)CHI 10–7
Q2CHIPercival 47 yard field goalCHI 13–7
Q3ATLMitchell 17 yard pass from Berry (Vinyard kick)ATL 14–13
Q3CHITurner 94 yard kickoff return (Percival kick)CHI 20–14
Q4CHIPercival 31 yard field goalCHI 23–14
Scoring summary
1BUFButch Byrd 23-yard interception return (kick failed)Bills 6–0
2CHIDick Gordon 36-yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)Bears 7–6
2CHIJim Seymour 36-yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)Bears 14–6
3CHIJim Seymour 53-yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)Bears 21–6
4BUFMarlin Briscoe 17-yard pass from Dennis Shaw (Grant Guthrie kick)Bears 21–13
4CHIMac Percival 37-yard field goalBears 24–13
4CHIDick Gordon 28-yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)Bears 31–13
Scoring summary
1BearsDick Gordon 15-yard pass from Jack Concannon (Mac Percival kick)Bears 7–0
1BearsGeorge Farmer 42-yard pass from Jack Concannon (Mac Percival kick)Bears 14–0
1PackersDale Livingston 32-yard field goalBears 14–3
2BearsJack Concannon 15-yard run (Mac Percival kick)Bears 21–3
3BearsDick Gordon 25-yard pass from Jack Concannon (Mac Percival kick)Bears 28–3
4PackersDonny Anderson 7-yard run (Dale Livingston kick)Bears 28–10
4BearsRay Ogden 6-yard pass from Jack Concannon (Mac Percival kick)Bears 35–10
4PackersJohn Hilton 29-yard pass from Rick Norton (Dale Livingston kick)Bears 35–17
Scoring summary
Q2NODempsey 47 yard field goalNO 3–0
Q2CHISeymour 22 yard pass from Concannon (Percival kick)CHI 7–3
Q3CHIPercival 50 yard field goalCHI 10–3
Q4CHISeymour 2 yard pass from Concannon (Percival kick)CHI 17–3
Q4CHIGordon 14 yard pass from Concannon (Percival kick)CHI 24–3
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