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1970 Chicago Bears season
Head Coach Jim Dooley
Home Field Wrigley Field
Dyche Stadium
Results
Record 6–8
Place 4th NFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1969 1971

The 1970 Chicago Bears season was their 51st regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 6–8 record, another below .500 showing, but a significant improvement over their 1–13 record of the previous season.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
3 58 George Farmer Wide Receiver UCLA

RosterEdit

1970 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
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular seasonEdit

The Bears hosted their first home game of the season at Northwestern University's Dyche Stadium as an experiment. The Bears anticipated that their Wrigley Field landlord, the Chicago Cubs, might play in the National League Championship Series and World Series, and that Wrigley Field would be unavailable (at least for installation of temporary seating in right and center field) until well into October.[1] (The Cubs were in contention in the National League East until the final week of the 1970 season, thus rendering the anticipation moot.)[2][3]

In addition, the NFL was pressuring the Bears to move out of Wrigley Field, because it had no lights and its seating capacity was under 50,000 (even with additional seating in right field for football games), stipulations of the AFL–NFL merger agreement. The Bears planned to move to Evanston for the 1971 season, but Evanston residents petitioned city officials to block the move, and the Big Ten Conference ultimately barred the Bears from using Dyche Stadium;[4] the Bears moved to Chicago's Soldier Field.[5]

  • Prior to the season on June 16, running back Brian Piccolo died of cancer at age 26.

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 19 at New York Giants W 24–16
62,936
2 September 27 Philadelphia Eagles W 20–16
53,463
3 October 5 at Detroit Lions L 28–14
58,210
4 October 11 Minnesota Vikings L 24–0
45,485
5 October 18 San Diego Chargers L 20–7
45,278
6 October 25 Detroit Lions L 16–10
45,632
7 November 1 at Atlanta Falcons W 23–14
58,850
8 November 8 San Francisco 49ers L 37–16
45,607
9 November 15 at Green Bay Packers L 20–19
56,263
10 November 22 Buffalo Bills W 31–13
41,015
11 November 29 at Baltimore Colts L 21–20
60,240
12 December 5 at Minnesota Vikings L 16–13
47,900
13 December 13 Green Bay Packers W 35–17
44,957
14 December 20 at New Orleans Saints W 24–3
63,518

Season summaryEdit

Week 1Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Bears 7 3 7 7 24
Giants 10 3 0 3 16


Week 2Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Eagles 6 3 0 7 16
Bears 7 10 0 3 20

[6]


Week 3Edit

Week 4Edit

Week 5Edit

Week 6Edit

Week 7Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Bears 10 3 7 3 23
Falcons 0 7 7 0 14

[7]


Week 8Edit

Week 9Edit

Week 10Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Bills 6 0 0 7 13
Bears 0 14 7 10 31

[8]


Week 11Edit

Week 12Edit

Week 13Edit

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
by Quarter1234 Total
Packers 3 0 0 14 17
Bears 14 7 7 7 35


Week 14Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Bears 0 7 3 14 24
Saints 0 3 0 0 3

[9]

StandingsEdit

Template:1970 NFC Central standings

ReferencesEdit

AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Baltimore Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Boston Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit Los Angeles
Buffalo Houston Oakland Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
Miami Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Washington
1970 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl V

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