1981 Chicago Bears season

The 1981 Chicago Bears season was their 62nd regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 6–10 record under fourth year coach Neill Armstrong, who was fired at the end of the season.

1981 Chicago Bears season
Head coachNeill Armstrong
General managerJim Finks
OwnerGeorge Halas
Home fieldSoldier Field
Results
Record6–10
Division place5th NFC Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

Roster

1981 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

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 6, 1981 Green Bay Packers L 16–9
62,411
2 September 13, 1981 at San Francisco 49ers L 28–17
49,520
3 September 20, 1981 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 28–17
60,130
4 September 28, 1981 Los Angeles Rams L 24–7
62,461
5 October 4, 1981 at Minnesota Vikings L 24–21
43,827
6 October 11, 1981 Washington Redskins L 24–7
57,683
7 October 19, 1981 at Detroit Lions L 48–17
71,273
8 October 25, 1981 San Diego Chargers W 20–17
52,906
9 November 1, 1981 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 20–10
63,688
10 November 8, 1981 at Kansas City Chiefs W 16–13
60,605
11 November 15, 1981 at Green Bay Packers L 21–17
55,338
12 November 22, 1981 Detroit Lions L 23–7
50,082
13 November 26, 1981 at Dallas Cowboys L 10–9
63,499
14 December 6, 1981 Minnesota Vikings W 10–9
50,766
15 December 13, 1981 at Oakland Raiders W 23–6
40,384
16 December 20, 1981 Denver Broncos W 35–24
40,125

Game summaries

Week 3

1 234Total
Buccaneers 7 073 17
• Bears 0 1477 28

[1]

Week 8

1 234OTTotal
Chargers 0 30140 17
• Bears 7 3073 20

[2]

Week 16

1 234Total
Broncos 3 0147 24
• Bears 0 14147 35

[3]

Standings

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Tampa Bay Buccaneers(3) 9 7 0 .563 6–2 9–3 315 268 W1
Detroit Lions 8 8 0 .500 4–4 6–6 397 322 L1
Green Bay Packers 8 8 0 .500 4–4 7–7 324 361 L1
Minnesota Vikings 7 9 0 .438 4–4 6–6 325 369 L5
Chicago Bears 6 10 0 .375 2–6 2–10 253 324 W3

References

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Dec-11.
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Oct-18.
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com

External links

Scoring summary
Q1TBWashington 29 yard interception return (Yepremian kick)TB 7–0
Q2CHISuhey 1 yard run (Nielsen kick)Tie 7–7
Q2CHIFisher 88 yard interception return (Nielsen kick)CHI 14–7
Q3TBHouse 11 yard pass from Williams (Yepremian kick)Tie 14–14
Q3CHIEvans 8 yard run (Nielsen kick)CHI 21–14
Q4TBYepremian 32 yard field goalCHI 21–17
Q4CHIWilliams 18 yard pass from Evans (Nielsen kick)CHI 28–17
Scoring summary
Q1CHISuhey 7 yard run (Roveto kick)CHI 7–0
Q2SDBenirschke 18 yard field goalCHI 7–3
Q2CHIRoveto 31 yard field goalCHI 10–3
Q4SDJoiner 22 yard pass from Fouts (Benirschke kick)Tie 10–10
Q4CHIPayton 2 yard run (Roveto kick)CHI 17–10
Q4SDChandler 39 yard pass from Fouts (Benirschke kick)Tie 17–17
OTCHIRoveto 26 yard field goalCHI 20–17
Game information
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP CHI OAK
1 Bears Watts 42-yard touchdown reception from Evans, Roveto kick good 7 0
1 Raiders Chandler 27-yard touchdown reception from Wilson, Bahr kick no good 7 6
3 Bears Watts 3-yard touchdown reception from Evans, Roveto kick good 14 6
3 Bears Margerum 22-yard touchdown reception from Evans, Roveto kick good 21 6
4 Bears Wilson tackled in end zone for a safety by Plank 23 6
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 23 6
Scoring summary
1DENFred Steinfort 46 yard field goalBroncos 3–0
2CHIWalter Payton 19 yard pass from Vince Evans (John Roveto kick)Bears 7–3
2CHIRoland Harper 4 yard run (John Roveto kick)Bears 14–3
3CHIGary Fencik 69 yard interception return (John Roveto kick)Bears 21–3
3DENRiley Odoms 6 yard pass from Craig Morton (Fred Steinfort kick)Bears 21–10
3CHIAl Harris 44 yard interception return (John Roveto kick)Bears 28–10
3DENRick Upchurch 25 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Fred Steinfort kick)Bears 28–17
4CHIWalter Payton 7 yard pass from Vince Evans (John Roveto kick)Bears 35–17
4DENRick Upchurch 39 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Fred Steinfort kick)Bears 35–24
Franchise
Records
Stadiums
Culture
Lore
Rivalries
Retired numbers
Key personnel
Division championships (21)
Conference championships (4)
League championships (9)
Media
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Seasons (100)

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