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

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]

Week Kickoff Date Opponent Result Record Game Site TV NFL.com Recap
1 September 19 San Francisco 49ers L 24–52 0–1 Kezar Stadium N/A
2 September 26 Los Angeles Rams L 28–30 0–2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum N/A
3 October 3 Green Bay Packers L 14–23 0–3 Lambeau Field N/A
4 October 10 Los Angeles Rams W 31–6 1–3 Wrigley Field N/A
5 October 17 Minnesota Vikings W 45–37 2–3 Metropolitan Stadium N/A
6 October 24 Detroit Lions W 38–10 3–3 Wrigley Field N/A
7 October 31 Green Bay Packers W 31–10 4–3 Wrigley Field N/A
8 November 7 Baltimore Colts L 21–26 4–4 Wrigley Field N/A
9 November 14 St. Louis Cardinals W 34–13 5–4 Wrigley Field N/A
10 November 21 Detroit Lions W 17–10 6–4 Tiger Stadium N/A
11 November 28 New York Giants W 35–14 7–4 Yankee Stadium N/A
12 December 5 Baltimore Colts W 13–0 8–4 Memorial Stadium N/A
13 December 12 San Francisco 49ers W 61–20 9–4 Wrigley Field N/A
14 December 19 Minnesota Vikings L 17–24 9–5 Wrigley Field N/A
All times Eastern


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 Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 10 3 1 .769 8–3–1 316 224 T1
Baltimore Colts 10 3 1 .769 8–3–1 389 284 W1
Chicago Bears 9 5 0 .643 7–5 409 275 L1
San Francisco 49ers 7 6 1 .538 6–5–1 421 402 T1
Minnesota Vikings 7 7 0 .500 5–7 383 403 W2
Detroit Lions 6 7 1 .462 4–7–1 257 295 W1
Los Angeles Rams 4 10 0 .286 2–10 269 328 L1

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

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