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1944 Chicago Bears

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6-3-1, Finished 2nd in NFL West Division  · 1944 NFL Season Summary

Scored 258 points (25.8/g), 2nd of 11 in the NFL. Allowed 172 points (17.2/g), 6th.
 Differential of 86 points (8.6/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 7.2-2.8.

Coach: Hunk Anderson (6-3-1) (co-coach with Luke Johnsos) and Luke Johnsos (6-3-1)

Stadium: Wrigley Field
 Training Camp: St. Joseph's College (Rensselaer, Indiana)

Team Info

Principal Owner George Halas
Acting President/General Manager Ralph Brizzolara

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 258 3167 629 5.0 32 14 10 140 107 217 1616 21 18 7.4 57 412 1551 16 3.8 73
Team Defense 172 2006 506 4.0 34 10 23 110 69 208 1052 10 24 5.1 38 298 954 11 3.2 49
Lg Rank Offense 2 1 5 8 2 4 2 1 4 1 3 2 2 3
Lg Rank Defense 6 2 6 7 4 6 1 4 6 2 1 2 5 5

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
2 Sun September 24 boxscore L 0-1 @ Green Bay Packers 28 42 15 273 194 79 8 16 364 150 214 4
2 Sun October 8 boxscore L 0-2 @ Cleveland Rams 7 19 6 220 143 77 4 11 222 65 157 5
3 Sun October 15 boxscore W 1-2 Chi/Pit Cards/Steelers 34 7 13 285 154 131 3 4 115 26 89 4
4 Sun October 22 boxscore T 1-2-1 Detroit Lions 21 21 15 404 199 205 2 15 318 129 189 2
5 Sun October 29 boxscore W 2-2-1 Cleveland Rams 28 21 16 388 114 274 2 8 123 94 29
6 Sun November 5 boxscore W 3-2-1 Green Bay Packers 21 0 13 320 182 138 5 8 146 97 49 5
7 Sun November 12 boxscore W 4-2-1 Boston Yanks 21 7 17 387 258 129 3 11 180 94 86 3
8 Sun November 19 boxscore L 4-3-1 @ Detroit Lions 21 41 19 314 167 147 4 10 324 170 154 3
8 Sun November 26 boxscore W 5-3-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 28 7 9 176 85 91 2 13 96 94 2 6
10 Sun December 3 boxscore W 6-3-1 @ Chi/Pit Cards/Steelers 49 7 12 412 104 308 1 10 94 96 -2 2

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
Sid Luckman+ 28 QB 7 0 71 143 49.7% 1018 11 7.7 12 8.4 86 7.1 4.9 14.3 145.4 63.8 0 0
Gene Ronzani 35 qb 8 5 26 56 46.4% 448 9 16.1 5 8.9 61 8.0 7.2 17.2 56.0 76.5 0 0
Johnny Long 30 qb 9 6 9 14 64.3% 128 1 7.1 1 7.1 51 9.1 7.4 14.2 14.2 87.8 0 0
Bill Glenn 26 2 0 1 4 25.0% 22 0 0.0 0 0.0 22 5.5 5.5 22.0 11.0 50.0 0 0
Team Total 27.7 10 107 217 49.3% 1616 21 9.7 18 8.3 86 7.4 5.6 15.1 161.6 71.9 0 0
Opp Total 10 69 208 33.2% 1052 10 4.8 24 11.5 5.1 0.83 15.2 105.2 27.2 0 0 5.1 0.8 0.0

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
Bob Margarita 24 KR/LH 10 8 88 463 4 47 5.3 46.3 8.8 15 130 8.7 0 22 1.5 13.0 593 4 0
Jim Fordham 28 FB 10 8 73 381 4 40 5.2 38.1 7.3 1 13 13.0 0 13 0.1 1.3 394 4 0
Gary Famiglietti 31 fb 10 1 63 282 2 16 4.5 28.2 6.3 1 23 23.0 1 23 0.1 2.3 305 3 0
Al Grygo 26 PR/RH 9 8 53 322 2 66 6.1 35.8 5.9 5 42 8.4 0 15 0.6 4.7 364 2 0
Ray McLean 29 hb 8 1 29 25 1 8 0.9 3.1 3.6 19 414 21.8 5 86 2.4 51.8 439 6 0
Tipp Mooney 25 b 10 1 29 88 0 14 3.0 8.8 2.9 2 74 37.0 1 61 0.2 7.4 162 1 0
Johnny Long 30 qb 9 6 24 2 0 12 0.1 0.2 2.7 2 0 0
Sid Luckman+ 28 QB 7 0 20 -96 1 7 -4.8 -13.7 2.9 -96 1 0
Gene Ronzani 35 qb 8 5 12 26 0 14 2.2 3.3 1.5 26 0 0
Bob Masters 31 hb 10 4 11 9 0 6 0.8 0.9 1.1 9 0 0
Doug McEnulty 22 P 10 1 8 11 0 7 1.4 1.1 0.8 2 10 5.0 1 5 0.2 1.0 21 1 0
Bill Glenn 26 2 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.5 0.5 1 0 0
Bulldog Turner+ 25 C 10 9 1 48 1 48 48.0 4.8 0.1 48 1 0
George Wilson 30 RE 10 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 24 265 11.0 4 24 2.4 26.5 265 4 0
Connie Mack Berry 29 LE 10 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 21 378 18.0 6 51 2.1 37.8 378 6 0
Abe Croft 24 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 140 15.6 2 67 0.9 14.0 140 2 0
Rudy Smeja 24 e 10 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 110 15.7 1 19 0.7 11.0 110 1 0
Dick Plasman 30 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 17 17.0 0 17 0.3 5.7 17 0 0
Team Total 27.7 10 412 1562 15 66 3.8 156.2 41.2 107 1616 15.1 21 86 10.7 161.6 3178 36 0
Opp Total 10 298 954 11 3.2 95.4 29.8 69 1052 15.2 10 6.9 105.2 2006 21 23

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
Al Grygo 26 PR/RH 9 8 11 100 0 15 9.1 7 162 0 52 23.1 626
Bob Margarita 24 KR/LH 10 8 5 9 0 7 1.8 12 279 0 30 23.3 881
Ray McLean 29 hb 8 1 8 79 0 19 9.9 4 102 0 35 25.5 620
Tipp Mooney 25 b 10 1 1 46 0 46 46.0 3 65 0 29 21.7 273
Johnny Long 30 qb 9 6 2 14 0 9 7.0 1 14 0 14 14.0 30
Jim Fordham 28 FB 10 8 2 42 0 22 21.0 436
Sid Luckman+ 28 QB 7 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 -90
Dick Plasman 30 3 0 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 16
Rudy Smeja 24 e 10 3 1 7 0 7 7.0 117
Bulldog Turner+ 25 C 10 9 1 9 0 9 9.0 57
Team Total 27.7 10 29 263 0 46 9.1 31 670 0 52 21.6 4111
Opp Total 10 32 1625 0 50.8 46 949 1 20.6

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
Pete Gudauskas 28 K/LG 10 7 37 36 97.3%%
Doug McEnulty 22 P 10 1 25 993 60 0 39.7
Sid Luckman+ 28 QB 7 0 20 685 63 0 34.3
Johnny Long 30 qb 9 6 7 249 52 0 35.6
Al Grygo 26 PR/RH 9 8 4 123 39 0 30.8
Bob Margarita 24 KR/LH 10 8 1 34 34 0 34.0
Team Total 27.7 10 37 36 97.3%% 57 2084 63 0 36.6
Opp Total 10 6 2 33.3%% 24 22 91.7%% 58 1461 25.2

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
Al Grygo 26 PR/RH 9 8 4 79 0 29 0
Bob Margarita 24 KR/LH 10 8 3 34 0 36 0
Ray McLean 29 hb 8 1 3 42 0 36 0
Gene Ronzani 35 qb 8 5 3 19 0 11 0
Sid Luckman+ 28 QB 7 0 2 36 0 35 0
Bulldog Turner+ 25 C 10 9 2 44 0 38 0
Abe Croft 24 10 0 1 19 0 19 0
Pete Gudauskas 28 K/LG 10 7 1 26 0 26 0
Doug McEnulty 22 P 10 1 1 34 0 34 0
Tipp Mooney 25 b 10 1 1 35 0 35 0
Fred Mundee 31 c 10 1 1 0 0 0 0
Ed Sprinkle 21 de 9 3 1 15 0 15 0
George Zorich 29 RG 10 10 1 4 0 4 0
Team Total 27.7 10 24 387 0 38 0
Opp Total 10 23 13

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
Ray McLean 29 hb 8 1 1 5 1 7 42
Connie Mack Berry 29 LE 10 7 6 6 36
Pete Gudauskas 28 K/LG 10 7 36 36
Jim Fordham 28 FB 10 8 4 4 24
Bob Margarita 24 KR/LH 10 8 4 4 24
George Wilson 30 RE 10 10 4 4 24
Gary Famiglietti 31 fb 10 1 2 1 3 18
Abe Croft 24 10 0 2 2 12
Al Grygo 26 PR/RH 9 8 2 2 12
Sid Luckman+ 28 QB 7 0 1 1 6
Doug McEnulty 22 P 10 1 1 1 6
Tipp Mooney 25 b 10 1 1 1 6
Rudy Smeja 24 e 10 3 1 1 6
Bulldog Turner+ 25 C 10 9 1 1 6
Team Total 27.7 10 15 21 1 37 36 258
Opp Total 10 11 10 1 1 2 22 2 172

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1944-09-24 @ GNB L, 28-42 2 50 pass Ray McLean 50 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Pete Gudauskas kick)
2 1944-09-24 @ GNB L, 28-42 3 7 pass George Wilson 7 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Pete Gudauskas kick)
3 1944-09-24 @ GNB L, 28-42 4 3 pass George Wilson 3 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Pete Gudauskas kick)
4 1944-09-24 @ GNB L, 28-42 4 5 rush Bob Margarita 5 yard rush (Pete Gudauskas kick)
5 1944-10-08 @ RAM L, 7-19 2 67 pass Abe Croft 67 yard pass from Gene Ronzani (Pete Gudauskas kick)
6 1944-10-15 CRD W, 34-7 1 8 rush Ray McLean 8 yard rush (Pete Gudauskas kick)
7 1944-10-15 CRD W, 34-7 2 1 rush Jim Fordham 1 yard rush
8 1944-10-15 CRD W, 34-7 2 51 pass Connie Mack Berry 51 yard pass from Johnny Long (Pete Gudauskas kick)
9 1944-10-15 CRD W, 34-7 4 15 pass Connie Mack Berry 15 yard pass from Gene Ronzani (Pete Gudauskas kick)
10 1944-10-15 CRD W, 34-7 4 8 rush Al Grygo 8 yard rush (Pete Gudauskas kick)
11 1944-10-22 DET T, 21-21 1 61 pass Tipp Mooney 61 yard pass from Gene Ronzani (Pete Gudauskas kick)
12 1944-10-22 DET T, 21-21 2 38 pass Ray McLean 38 yard pass from Gene Ronzani (Pete Gudauskas kick)
13 1944-10-22 DET T, 21-21 4 28 pass Ray McLean 28 yard pass from Gene Ronzani (Pete Gudauskas kick)
14 1944-10-29 RAM W, 28-21 1 11 rush Bob Margarita 11 yard rush (Pete Gudauskas kick)
15 1944-10-29 RAM W, 28-21 2 2 rush Gary Famiglietti 2 yard rush (Pete Gudauskas kick)
16 1944-10-29 RAM W, 28-21 2 15 pass Connie Mack Berry 15 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Pete Gudauskas kick)
17 1944-10-29 RAM W, 28-21 4 66 rush Al Grygo 66 yard rush (Pete Gudauskas kick)
18 1944-11-05 GNB W, 21-0 1 1 rush Sid Luckman 1 yard rush (Pete Gudauskas kick)
19 1944-11-05 GNB W, 21-0 3 31 pass Ray McLean 31 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Pete Gudauskas kick)
20 1944-11-05 GNB W, 21-0 3 24 pass George Wilson 24 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Pete Gudauskas kick)
21 1944-11-12 BOS W, 21-7 2 35 pass Ray McLean 35 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Pete Gudauskas kick)
22 1944-11-12 BOS W, 21-7 3 86 pass Ray McLean 86 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Pete Gudauskas kick)
23 1944-11-12 BOS W, 21-7 4 9 pass George Wilson 9 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Pete Gudauskas kick)
24 1944-11-19 @ DET L, 21-41 2 20 pass Connie Mack Berry 20 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Pete Gudauskas kick)
25 1944-11-19 @ DET L, 21-41 2 6 pass Connie Mack Berry 6 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Pete Gudauskas kick)
26 1944-11-19 @ DET L, 21-41 4 8 pass Abe Croft 8 yard pass from Gene Ronzani (Pete Gudauskas kick)
27 1944-11-26 @ PHI W, 28-7 1 11 rush Bob Margarita 11 yard rush (Pete Gudauskas kick)
28 1944-11-26 @ PHI W, 28-7 1 1 rush Jim Fordham 1 yard rush (Pete Gudauskas kick)
29 1944-11-26 @ PHI W, 28-7 2 18 pass Rudy Smeja 18 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Pete Gudauskas kick)
30 1944-11-26 @ PHI W, 28-7 4 1 rush Gary Famiglietti 1 yard rush (Pete Gudauskas kick)
31 1944-12-03 @ CRD W, 49-7 1 9 pass Connie Mack Berry 9 yard pass from Gene Ronzani (Pete Gudauskas kick)
32 1944-12-03 @ CRD W, 49-7 2 1 rush Jim Fordham 1 yard rush (Pete Gudauskas kick)
33 1944-12-03 @ CRD W, 49-7 3 23 pass Gary Famiglietti 23 yard pass from Gene Ronzani (Pete Gudauskas kick)
34 1944-12-03 @ CRD W, 49-7 4 47 rush Bob Margarita 47 yard rush (Pete Gudauskas kick)
35 1944-12-03 @ CRD W, 49-7 4 2 rush Jim Fordham 2 yard rush (Pete Gudauskas kick)
36 1944-12-03 @ CRD W, 49-7 4 5 pass Doug McEnulty 5 yard pass from Gene Ronzani (Pete Gudauskas kick)
37 1944-12-03 @ CRD W, 49-7 4 48 rush Bulldog Turner 48 yard rush (Pete Gudauskas kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1944-09-24 @ GNB W, 42-28 1 52 pass Lou Brock 52 yard pass from Irv Comp (Don Hutson kick)
2 1944-09-24 @ GNB W, 42-28 1 9 rush Irv Comp 9 yard rush (Don Hutson kick)
3 1944-09-24 @ GNB W, 42-28 2 1 rush Ted Fritsch 1 yard rush (Don Hutson kick)
4 1944-09-24 @ GNB W, 42-28 2 26 pass Don Hutson 26 yard pass from Irv Comp (Don Hutson kick)
5 1944-09-24 @ GNB W, 42-28 4 42 rush Lou Brock 42 yard rush (Don Hutson kick)
6 1944-09-24 @ GNB W, 42-28 4 50 interception Ted Fritsch 50 yard interception return (Don Hutson kick)
7 1944-10-08 @ RAM W, 19-7 2 6 rush Lou Zontini 6 yard rush (Walter West kick)
8 1944-10-08 @ RAM W, 19-7 3 23 fumble Jim Benton 23 yard fumble return
9 1944-10-15 CRD L, 7-34 4 25 rush Bob Thurbon 25 yard rush (Conway Baker kick)
10 1944-10-22 DET T, 21-21 2 1 rush Bob Westfall 1 yard rush (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
11 1944-10-22 DET T, 21-21 3 17 pass Jack Matheson 17 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
12 1944-10-22 DET T, 21-21 3 75 rush Bob Westfall 75 yard rush (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
13 1944-10-29 RAM L, 21-28 2 16 pass Jim Benton 16 yard pass from Albie Reisz (Lou Zontini kick)
14 1944-10-29 RAM L, 21-28 3 5 rush Walter West 5 yard rush (Lou Zontini kick)
15 1944-10-29 RAM L, 21-28 3 13 pass Jim Benton 13 yard pass from Albie Reisz (Lou Zontini kick)
16 1944-11-12 BOS L, 7-21 3 14 pass Joe Crowley 14 yard pass from Bob Davis (Augie Lio kick)
17 1944-11-19 @ DET W, 41-21 1 43 pass Art Van Tone 43 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
18 1944-11-19 @ DET W, 41-21 2 5 pass Jack Matheson 5 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
19 1944-11-19 @ DET W, 41-21 2 92 kickoff Art Van Tone 92 yard kickoff return (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
20 1944-11-19 @ DET W, 41-21 3 22 pass Bob Keene 22 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
21 1944-11-19 @ DET W, 41-21 3 41 pass Jack Matheson 41 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich
22 1944-11-19 @ DET W, 41-21 3 8 rush Elmer Hackney 8 yard rush (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
23 1944-11-26 @ PHI L, 7-28 4 35 interception Tom Miller 35 yard interception return (Roy Zimmerman kick)
24 1944-12-03 @ CRD L, 7-49 2 1 rush Bob Thurbon 1 yard rush (Conway Baker kick)