1965 Chicago Bears season

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1965 Chicago Bears season
Head coach George Halas
General manager George Halas
Owner George Halas
Home field Wrigley Field
Results
Record 9–5
Division place 3rd Western
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1964 1966 >

The 1965 Chicago Bears season was their 46th regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 9–5 record, earning them a third place finish in the NFL Western Conference. The club improved over the dismal 5–9 record of the previous season.

They started the season 0–3, but thanks to rookies Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus, the team won 9 of the last 11 games. Sayers had a magnificent rookie season, and in one game against the San Francisco 49ers at Chicago's Wrigley Field on December 12, he scored 6 touchdowns in a 61–20 Bears win, the first time the Bears scored 61 points in a regular season game.[1] Gale Sayers would set an NFL rookie record with 22 touchdowns in one season.[2] The six touchdown performance from December 12, would tie an NFL record and set a new Bears record.[3]

The 1965 Bears draft class would eventually be named #8 on NFL Top 10 Draft Classes.[4]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result Score Record Attendance
Sunday, September 19 at San Francisco 49ers Kezar Stadium Loss 24–52 0–1
33,211
Saturday Night, September 25 at Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Loss 28–30 0–2
36,359
Sunday, October 3 at Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field Loss 14–23 0–3
50,852
Sunday, October 10 Los Angeles Rams Wrigley Field Win 31–6 1–3
45,760
Sunday, October 17 at Minnesota Vikings Metropolitan Stadium Win 45–37 2–3
47,426
Sunday, October 24 Detroit Lions Wrigley Field Win 38–10 3–3
45,658
Sunday, October 31 Green Bay Packers Wrigley Field Win 31–10 4–3
45,664
Sunday, November 7 Baltimore Colts Wrigley Field Loss 21–26 4–4
45,656
Sunday, November 14 St. Louis Cardinals Wrigley Field Win 34–13 5–4
45,663
Sunday, November 21 at Detroit Lions Tiger Stadium Win 17–10 6–4
51,499
Sunday, November 28 at New York Giants Yankee Stadium Win 35–14 7–4
62,933
Sunday, December 5 at Baltimore Colts Memorial Stadium Win 13–0 8–4
60,238
Sunday, December 12 San Francisco 49ers Wrigley Field Win 61–20 9–4
46,278
Sunday, December 19 Minnesota Vikings Wrigley Field Loss 17–24 9–5
46,604

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

Week 2[edit]

Week 3[edit]

Week 4[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 3 3 0 6
• Bears 0 10 7 14 31

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Week 5[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Bears 14 3 7 21 45
Vikings 0 13 10 14 37

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Week 7[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 3 0 0 10
Bears 0 17 7 7 31

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Standings[edit]

NFL Western
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 10 3 1 .769 316 224 T-1
Baltimore Colts 10 3 1 .769 389 284 W-1
Chicago Bears 9 5 0 .643 409 275 L-1
San Francisco 49ers 7 6 1 .538 421 402 T-1
Minnesota Vikings 7 7 0 .500 383 403 W-2
Detroit Lions 6 7 1 .462 257 295 W-1
Los Angeles Rams 4 10 0 .286 269 328 L-1

Awards and records[edit]

  • Gale Sayers, NFL rookie record, most touchdowns in one season (22)
  • Gale Sayers, NFL record (tied), most touchdowns in one game (6)
  • Gale Sayers, Club record, most touchdowns in one game (6)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mayer, Larry (2013-03-06). "Which players were part of trade that landed Cutler?". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2013-03-09. 
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 408
  3. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 106
  4. ^ "NFLs top 10 draft classes in league history". National Football League. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  5. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Sep-05.
  6. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Sep-05.
  7. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com