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]

Roster[edit | edit source]

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 season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Week 1[edit | edit source]

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 3 0 0 21 24
• 49ers 0 24 21 7 52

[5]


Week 2[edit | edit source]

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 14 14 0 28
• Rams 0 6 3 21 30

[6]


Week 3[edit | edit source]

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 0 7 7 14
• Packers 14 6 3 0 23

[7]


Week 4[edit | edit source]

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 3 3 0 6
• Bears 0 10 7 14 31

[8]


Week 5[edit | edit source]

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
• Bears 14 3 7 21 45
Vikings 0 13 10 14 37

[9]


Week 6[edit | edit source]

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 3 0 7 10
• Bears 10 14 7 7 38

[10]


Week 7[edit | edit source]

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 3 0 0 10
Bears 0 17 7 7 31

[11]


Week 8[edit | edit source]

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
• Colts 0 10 14 2 26
Bears 0 0 7 14 21

[12]


Week 9[edit | edit source]

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 6 0 0 13
• Bears 10 0 7 17 34

[13]


Week 10[edit | edit source]

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

[14]


Week 11[edit | edit source]

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
• Bears 7 14 0 14 35
Giants 0 0 7 7 14

[15]

Week 12[edit | edit source]

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
• Bears 7 3 3 0 13
Colts 0 0 0 0 0

[16]


Week 13[edit | edit source]

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 14[edit | edit source]

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
• Vikings 0 0 3 21 24
Bears 0 0 7 10 17

[17]


Standings[edit | edit source]

Template:1965 NFL Western standings

Awards and records[edit | edit source]

  • 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 | edit source]

  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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