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1965 Chicago Bears season
Head Coach George Halas
General Manager George Halas
Home Field Wrigley Field
Results
Record 9–5
Place 3rd Western
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1964 1966

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 six touchdowns in a 61–20 Bears win, the first time the Bears scored 61 points in a regular season game.[1] Sayers would set an NFL rookie record with 22 touchdowns in one season.[2] The six-touchdown performance tied an NFL record and set a new Bears record.[3]

The 1965 Bears draft class was named No. 8 on NFL Top 10 draft classes.[4]

RosterEdit

1965 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 Kickoff Date Opponent Result Record Game Site TV NFL.com Recap
1September 19San Francisco 49ersL 24–520–1Kezar Stadium N/A
2September 26Los Angeles RamsL 28–300–2Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum N/A
3October 3Green Bay PackersL 14–230–3Lambeau Field N/A
4October 10Los Angeles RamsW 31–61–3Wrigley Field N/A
5October 17Minnesota VikingsW 45–372–3Metropolitan Stadium N/A
6October 24Detroit LionsW 38–103–3Wrigley Field N/A
7October 31Green Bay PackersW 31–104–3Wrigley Field N/A
8November 7Baltimore ColtsL 21–264–4Wrigley Field N/A
9November 14St. Louis CardinalsW 34–135–4Wrigley Field N/A
10November 21Detroit LionsW 17–106–4Tiger Stadium N/A
11November 28New York GiantsW 35–147–4Yankee Stadium N/A
12December 5Baltimore ColtsW 13–08–4Memorial Stadium N/A
13December 12San Francisco 49ersW 61–209–4Wrigley Field N/A
14December 19Minnesota VikingsL 17–249–5Wrigley Field N/A
All times Eastern


Game summariesEdit

Week 1Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Bears 3 0 0 21 24
• 49ers 0 24 21 7 52

[5]


Week 2Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Bears 0 14 14 0 28
• Rams 0 6 3 21 30

[6]


Week 3Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Bears 0 0 7 7 14
• Packers 14 6 3 0 23

[7]


Week 4Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Rams 0 3 3 0 6
• Bears 0 10 7 14 31

[8]


Week 5Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Bears 14 3 7 21 45
Vikings 0 13 10 14 37

[9]


Week 6Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Lions 0 3 0 7 10
• Bears 10 14 7 7 38

[10]


Week 7Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Packers 7 3 0 0 10
Bears 0 17 7 7 31

[11]


Week 8Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Colts 0 10 14 2 26
Bears 0 0 7 14 21

[12]


Week 9Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Cardinals 7 6 0 0 13
• Bears 10 0 7 17 34

[13]


Week 10Edit

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

[14]


Week 11Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Bears 7 14 0 14 35
Giants 0 0 7 7 14

[15]

Week 12Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Bears 7 3 3 0 13
Colts 0 0 0 0 0

[16]


Week 13Edit

Week Thirteen: San Francisco 49ers (7–5) at Chicago Bears (8–4)
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 13 0 7

20

Bears 13 14 13 21

61

at Wrigley FieldChicago, Illinois

Gale Sayers Six Touchdown Game

Week 14Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Vikings 0 0 3 21 24
Bears 0 0 7 10 17

[17]


StandingsEdit

Template:1965 NFL Western standings

Awards and recordsEdit

  • 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)

ReferencesEdit

  1. Mayer, Larry (2013-03-06). "Which players were part of trade that landed Cutler?". Chicago Bears. http://www.chicagobears.com/news/chalk-talk/article-1/Which-players-were-part-of-trade-that-landed-Cutler/aad1049b-68be-47ce-8795-f9c510fbcc54. 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. Archived from the original on 2012-11-02. https://web.archive.org/web/20121102144536/http://www.nfl.com/draft/story?id=09000d5d80798fca&template=with-video&confirm=true. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
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St. Louis Minnesota
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Related: 1965 AFL Season

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