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1961 Chicago Bears season
Head Coach George Halas
General Manager George Halas
Home Field Wrigley Field
Results
Record 8–6
Place 3rd NFL Western
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1960 1962

The 1961 Chicago Bears season was their 42nd regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted an 8–6 record under George Halas, which was an improvement over the 5–6–1 record of the previous season.

Offseason

On January 14, Chicago Bears End Willard Dewveall played out his option and joined the Houston Oilers of the American Football League. He became the first player to move deliberately from one league to another.[1]

The Bears were notable for taking part in an exhibition game in their first ever game outside of the United States, taking on the CFL's Montreal Alouettes (the original team), winning 34–16.[2]

NFL Draft

Roster

1961 Chicago Bears roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
53 Active, 5 Inactive, 5 Practice squad

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 17, 1961 at Minnesota Vikings L 37–13
32,236
2 September 23, 1961 at Los Angeles Rams W 21–17
53,315
3 October 1, 1961 at Green Bay Packers L 24–0
38,669
4 October 8, 1961 at Detroit Lions W 31–17
53,854
5 October 15, 1961 Baltimore Colts W 24–10
48,719
6 October 22, 1961 San Francisco 49ers W 31–0
49,070
7 October 29, 1961 at Baltimore Colts W 21–20
57,641
8 November 5, 1961 at Philadelphia Eagles L 16–14
60,671
9 November 12, 1961 Green Bay Packers L 31–28
49,711
10 November 19, 1961 at San Francisco 49ers L 41–31
52,972
11 November 26, 1961 Los Angeles Rams W 28–24
45,965
12 December 3, 1961 Detroit Lions L 16–15
51,017
13 December 10, 1961 Cleveland Browns W 17–14
38,717
14 December 17, 1961 Minnesota Vikings W 52–35
34,539

Game summaries

Week 1

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 6 0 7 13
• Vikings 3 7 14 13 37

[3]


Week 2

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
• Bears 7 0 7 7 21
Rams 3 7 0 7 17

[4]


Week 3

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 0 0 0 0
• Packers 7 3 7 7 24

[5]


Week 4

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
• Bears 0 7 3 21 31
Lions 10 0 7 0 17

[6]

Week 5

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 7 0 3 10
Bears 3 7 0 14 24

[7]


Week 6

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 0 0 0 0
• Bears 0 14 7 10 31

[8]


Week 7

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 7 7 7 21
Colts 7 7 6 0 20

[9]



Week 8

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 7 0 0 14
• Eagles 3 7 6 0 16

[10]


Week 9

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
• Packers 7 21 3 0 31
Bears 7 0 7 14 28

[11]


Week 10

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 3 7 14 31
• 49ers 17 3 21 0 41

[12]


Week 11

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 7 0 3 14 24
• Bears 7 14 0 7 28

[13]


Week 12

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
• Lions 0 9 0 7 16
Bears 3 3 6 3 15

[14]

Week 13

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 14 0 0 0 14
• Bears 0 0 0 17 17

[15]


Week 14

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 14 7 7 7 35
• Bears 7 14 24 7 52

[16]



Standings

Template:1961 NFL Western standings

References

  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 282
  2. "Archived copy". http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?STORY_ID=7241.
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Eastern Conference Western Conference
Cleveland Baltimore
Dallas Chicago
NY Giants Detroit
Philadelphia Green Bay
Pittsburgh Los Angeles
St. Louis Minnesota
Washington San Francisco
1961 NFL DraftNFL ChampionshipPro Bowl
Related: 1961 AFL Season
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