1956 Chicago Bears season

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1956 Chicago Bears season
Head coach Paddy Driscoll
Owner George Halas
Home field Wrigley Field
Results
Record 9–2–1
Division place 1st NFL Western
Playoff finish Lost NFL Championship
(Giants, 47–7)

The 1956 Chicago Bears season was their 37th regular season and 11th postseason completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 9–2–1 record under first-year head coach Paddy Driscoll to win the Western Conference and played in their first NFL championship game since 1946.[1][2]

The title game against the New York Giants was at Yankee Stadium and the Giants won, 47–7.[3][4]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 30 at Baltimore Colts L 28–21 0–1
45,221
2 October 7 at Green Bay Packers W 37–21 1–1
24,668
3 October 14 San Francisco 49ers W 31–7 2–1
47,526
4 October 21 Baltimore Colts W 58–27 3–1
48,364
5 October 28 at San Francisco 49ers W 38–21 4–1
52,612
6 November 4 at Los Angeles Rams W 35–24 5–1
69,894
7 November 11 Green Bay Packers W 38–14 6–1
49,172
8 November 18 Los Angeles Rams W 30–21 7–1
48,102
9 November 25 at New York Giants T 17–17 7–1–1
55,191
10 December 2 at Detroit Lions L 42–10 7–2–1
57,024
11 December 9 Chicago Cardinals W 10–3 8–2–1
48,606
12 December 16 Detroit Lions W 38–21 9–2–1
49,086

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
Championship December 30, 1956 at New York Giants L 47–7 Yankee Stadium
56,836

Standings[edit]

NFL Western Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Chicago Bears 9 2 1 .818 8–2 363 246 W2
Detroit Lions 9 3 0 .750 8–2 300 188 L1
San Francisco 49ers 5 6 1 .455 5–5 233 284 W3
Baltimore Colts 5 7 0 .417 3–7 270 322 W1
Los Angeles Rams 4 8 0 .333 3–7 291 307 W2
Green Bay Packers 4 8 0 .333 3–7 264 342 L2

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strickler, George (December 17, 1956). "Bears win West title; beat Lions, 38-21". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 4. 
  2. ^ Lea, Bud (December 17, 1956). "Bears win Western crown, 38-21". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 2, part 2. 
  3. ^ Strickler, George (December 31, 1956). "Why Bears were crushed in title game". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 2. 
  4. ^ Mosby, Wade (December 31, 1956). "Giants outclass Bears, 47-7 to win first pro title in 18 years". Milwaukee Journal. p. 2, part 9.