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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
Previous season Next season
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.

OffseasonEdit

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 DraftEdit

RosterEdit

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 seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

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 summariesEdit

Week 1Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Bears 0 6 0 7 13
• Vikings 3 7 14 13 37

[3]


Week 2Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Bears 7 0 7 7 21
Rams 3 7 0 7 17

[4]


Week 3Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Bears 0 0 0 0 0
• Packers 7 3 7 7 24

[5]


Week 4Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Bears 0 7 3 21 31
Lions 10 0 7 0 17

[6]

Week 5Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Colts 0 7 0 3 10
Bears 3 7 0 14 24

[7]


Week 6Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
49ers 0 0 0 0 0
• Bears 0 14 7 10 31

[8]


Week 7Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Bears 0 7 7 7 21
Colts 7 7 6 0 20

[9]



Week 8Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Bears 7 7 0 0 14
• Eagles 3 7 6 0 16

[10]


Week 9Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Packers 7 21 3 0 31
Bears 7 0 7 14 28

[11]


Week 10Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Bears 7 3 7 14 31
• 49ers 17 3 21 0 41

[12]


Week 11Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Rams 7 0 3 14 24
• Bears 7 14 0 7 28

[13]


Week 12Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Lions 0 9 0 7 16
Bears 3 3 6 3 15

[14]

Week 13Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Browns 14 0 0 0 14
• Bears 0 0 0 17 17

[15]


Week 14Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Vikings 14 7 7 7 35
• Bears 7 14 24 7 52

[16]



StandingsEdit

Template:1961 NFL Western standings

ReferencesEdit

  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.
  3. Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-Dec-05.
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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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