1936 Chicago Bears season
Head Coach George Halas
Home Field Wrigley Field
Record 9-3
Place 2nd NFL Western
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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1935 1937

The 1936 Chicago Bears season was their 17th regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 9-3-0 record and finished in second place in the Western Division behind the Green Bay Packers. After week 10, the Bears were tied with the Packers in first place with identical 9-1 records, having split their season series. However, the club swooned at the end of the year, losing their last two games on the road to Detroit and the Cardinals. Green Bay went on to easily defeat the Boston Redskins and win the NFL title.

Season highlightsEdit

The Bears featured a high-powered offense with a dynamic rushing scheme and a "vertical" passing attack. Bill Hewitt starred at end, catching 15 passes for 358 yards and 6 touchdowns (this fine performance was overshadowed by that of Don Hutson, who led the league in receiving). Bernie Masterson and Carl Brumbaugh shared quarterbacking duties, although coach Halas continued to feature passing, rushing, and receiving from all the backs in his still fairly primitive T-formation scheme. As a team, the Bears averaged 18.9 yards per pass completion for 17 touchdowns. Keith Molesworth continued as a triple-threat from the halfback position. Bronko Nagurski returned to form and led the team in rushing. Rookie linemen and future hall of famers Joe Stydahar and Danny Fortmann joined tackle George Musso on the line. Rookie Ray Nolting joined the strong backfield. Jack Manders had a fine season as a rusher and kicker, scoring 4 touchdowns while making 7 of 8 field goals and 17 of 21 PATs. He was second in the league in scoring, behind the Lions' all-purpose threat Dutch Clark. The Bear defense led the league in points allowed, giving up only 94 points and allowing more than 14 points only once, to the Packers.

Future Hall of Fame PlayersEdit

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Players departed from 1935Edit


Date Opponent Location Result Score
Sep. 20 Green Bay Packers East Stadium Win30-3
Sep. 27 Philadelphia Eagles Municipal Stadium Win17-0
Oct. 4 Pittsburgh Pirates Forbes Field Win 27-9
Oct. 11 Chicago Cardinals Wrigley Field Win7-3
Oct. 18 Pittsburgh Pirates Wrigley Field Win26-7
Oct. 25 Detroit Lions Wrigley Field Win 12-10
Nov. 1 Green Bay Packers Wrigley Field Loss 10-21
Nov. 8 New York Giants Polo Grounds Win 25-7
Nov. 15 Boston Redskins Fenway Park Win26-0
Nov. 22 Philadelphia Eagles Municipal Stadium Win 28-7
Nov. 26 Detroit Lions Titan Stadium Loss 7-13
Nov. 29 Chicago Cardinals Wrigley Field Loss 7-14


W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage, PTS=Points Scored, OPP=Opponents' Points

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

NFL Western
Green Bay Packers 10 1 1 .909 248 118 T-1
Chicago Bears 9 3 0 .750 222 94 L-2
Detroit Lions 8 4 0 .667 235 102 W-1
Chicago Cardinals 3 8 1 .273 74 143 T-1
East West
Boston Chicago Bears
Brooklyn Chicago Cardinals
New York Detroit
Philadelphia Green Bay
1936 NFL DraftNFL Championship
Related: American Football League

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