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1959 Chicago Bears

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8-4-0, Finished 2nd in NFL West Division  · 1959 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.4, Offense: -0.8, Defense: 6.2, SoS: 0.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 252 points (21.0/g), 7th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 196 points (16.3/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 56 points (4.7/g), 3rd.  Expected W-L: 7.7-4.3.

Coach: George Halas (8-4-0)

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

Team Info

Principal Owner/Head Coach/General Manager George Halas
Defensive Alignment 4-3

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 252 3511 728 4.8 32 16 11 190 156 310 2073 15 16 6.2 110 392 1438 14 3.7 69
Team Defense 196 3676 794 4.6 39 17 22 208 144 333 1893 14 22 5.2 91 429 1783 11 4.2 95
Lg Rank Offense 7 8 4 6 10 6 5 6 4 7 9 11 5 11
Lg Rank Defense 2 5 3 4 6 10 5 4 2 3 8 8 4 8

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 27 boxscore L 0-1 @ Green Bay Packers 6 9 10 164 89 75 2 16 262 85 177 2
2 Sat October 3 boxscore W 1-1 @ Baltimore Colts 26 21 13 265 155 110 2 19 257 183 74 3
3 Sun October 11 boxscore L 1-2 Los Angeles Rams 21 28 16 306 285 21 4 22 420 175 245 1
4 Sun October 18 boxscore L 1-3 Baltimore Colts 7 21 18 340 237 103 6 18 330 208 122 2
5 Sun October 25 boxscore L 1-4 @ San Francisco 49ers 17 20 17 320 230 90 4 18 332 157 175 1
6 Sun November 1 boxscore W 2-4 @ Los Angeles Rams 26 21 20 339 196 143 1 17 403 237 166 3
7 Sun November 8 boxscore W 3-4 Green Bay Packers 28 17 15 279 107 172 1 16 230 72 158 3
8 Sun November 15 boxscore W 4-4 San Francisco 49ers 14 3 14 357 142 215 4 16 263 181 82 6
9 Sun November 22 boxscore W 5-4 @ Detroit Lions 24 14 13 130 14 116 3 18 339 196 143 8
10 Sun November 29 boxscore W 6-4 @ Chicago Cardinals 31 7 15 273 180 93 1 13 270 99 171 7
11 Sun December 6 boxscore W 7-4 Pittsburgh Steelers 27 21 24 391 230 161 3 18 314 166 148 1
12 Sun December 13 boxscore W 8-4 Detroit Lions 25 14 15 347 208 139 1 17 256 134 122 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
15 Ed Brown 31 P/QB 12 8 7-3-0 125 247 50.6% 1881 13 5.3 10 4.0 88 7.6 6.8 15.0 156.8 76.7 0 0
12 Zeke Bratkowski 28 qb 12 4 1-1-0 31 62 50.0% 403 2 3.2 5 8.1 36 6.5 3.5 13.0 33.6 48.0 0 0
35 Rick Casares* 28 FB 12 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0
Team Total 26.2 12 8-4-0 156 310 50.3% 2284 15 4.8 16 5.2 88 7.4 6.0 14.6 190.3 69.3 0 0
Opp Total 12 144 333 43.2% 2147 14 4.2 22 6.6 6.4 4.32 14.9 178.9 51.5 32 254 5.2 3.2 8.8

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
35 Rick Casares* 28 FB 12 0 177 699 10 47 3.9 58.3 14.8 27 273 10.1 2 43 2.3 22.8 972 12 7
47 Johnny Morris 24 KR/LH/PR 12 0 87 312 0 33 3.6 26.0 7.3 13 197 15.2 2 51 1.1 16.4 509 2 3
28 Willie Galimore 24 12 0 58 199 1 36 3.4 16.6 4.8 10 125 12.5 2 34 0.8 10.4 324 3 4
15 Ed Brown 31 P/QB 12 8 33 108 1 46 3.3 9.0 2.8 108 1 7
36 Merrill Douglas 23 12 0 24 47 2 9 2.0 3.9 2.0 1 17 17.0 0 17 0.1 1.4 64 2 0
12 Zeke Bratkowski 28 qb 12 4 7 86 0 41 12.3 7.2 0.6 86 0 0
39 John Adams 22 12 0 4 -13 0 8 -3.3 -1.1 0.3 -13 0 0
87 Harlon Hill 27 LE 11 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 36 578 16.1 3 88 3.3 52.5 578 3 1
14 Rudy Bukich 27 5 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0 0 0
43 Jim Dooley 29 RH 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 41 580 14.1 3 41 3.4 48.3 580 3 0
88 Willard Dewveall 23 RE 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 420 21.0 3 76 1.8 38.2 420 3 0
83 Bill McColl 29 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 94 11.8 0 26 0.7 7.8 94 0 0
Team Total 26.2 12 392 1438 14 47 3.7 119.8 32.7 156 2284 14.6 15 88 13.0 190.3 3722 29 26
Opp Total 12 429 1783 11 4.2 148.6 35.8 144 1893 13.1 14 12.0 157.8 3676 25 38

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
47 Johnny Morris 24 KR/LH/PR 12 0 14 171 1 78 12.2 17 438 0 58 25.8 1118
17 Richie Petitbon 21 LDH 12 0 11 72 0 17 6.5 4 68 0 28 17.0 140
28 Willie Galimore 24 12 0 11 229 0 33 20.8 553
69 Bill Roehnelt 23 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
48 Vic Zucco 24 2 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.2 12 26 243 1 78 9.3 33 735 0 58 22.3 4700
Opp Total 12 46 1210 1 26.3 38 754 0 19.8

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
15 Ed Brown 31 P/QB 12 8 64 2634 66 0 41.2
89 John Aveni 24 K 12 0 19 10 52.6%% 32 28 87.5%%
35 Rick Casares* 28 FB 12 0 3 139 71 0 46.3
49 Jack Johnson 26 6 0 1 32 32 0 32.0
Team Total 26.2 12 19 10 52.6%% 32 28 87.5%% 68 2805 71 0 41.3
Opp Total 12 17 4 23.5%% 26 26 100.0%% 61 2577 42.2

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
15 Ed Brown 31 P/QB 12 8 0 7 1 -3 0
24 Erich Barnes* 24 RDH 12 0 5 67 0 29 0 0 0 2 0 0
35 Rick Casares* 28 FB 12 0 0 7 0 0 0
25 J.C. Caroline 26 LS 12 0 5 14 0 8 0 0 1 0 0 0
26 Charlie Sumner 29 RS 12 0 3 22 0 15 0 0 1 2 27 0
31 Joe Fortunato 29 LLB 12 0 2 10 0 6 0 0 0 3 0 0
28 Willie Galimore 24 12 0 0 4 1 0 0
47 Johnny Morris 24 KR/LH/PR 12 0 0 3 2 0 0
17 Richie Petitbon 21 LDH 12 0 3 52 1 33 0 0 1 0 0 0
61 Bill George*+ 30 MLB 12 0 2 20 0 20 0 0 0 1 0 0
79 Dick Klein 25 RT 12 0 0 1 2 0 0
33 Larry Morris 26 RLB 12 0 1 14 0 14 0 0 0 2 19 1
88 Willard Dewveall 23 RE 11 0 0 0 2 -3 0
87 Harlon Hill 27 LE 11 0 0 1 1 0 0
75 Fred Williams* 30 LDT 11 0 0 0 2 0 0
73 Bill Bishop 28 RDT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
50 John Damore 26 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
54 Chuck Howley 23 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
49 Jack Johnson 26 6 0 1 0 0 0 0
78 Stan Jones*+ 28 RG 12 0 0 0 1 -3 0
71 Earl Leggett 26 LDE 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
76 John Mellekas 26 C 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.2 12 22 199 1 33 0 0 26 27 37 1 1
Opp Total 12 26 38 21 1

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
35 Rick Casares* 28 FB 12 0 10 2 12 72
89 John Aveni 24 K 12 0 28 10 58
88 Willard Dewveall 23 RE 11 0 3 3 18
43 Jim Dooley 29 RH 12 0 3 3 18
28 Willie Galimore 24 12 0 1 2 3 18
87 Harlon Hill 27 LE 11 0 3 3 18
47 Johnny Morris 24 KR/LH/PR 12 0 2 1 3 18
36 Merrill Douglas 23 12 0 2 2 12
15 Ed Brown 31 P/QB 12 8 1 1 6
33 Larry Morris 26 RLB 12 0 1 1 6
17 Richie Petitbon 21 LDH 12 0 1 1 6
71 Earl Leggett 26 LDE 12 0 1 2
Team Total 26.2 12 14 15 1 1 1 32 28 10 1 252
Opp Total 12 11 14 1 26 4 1 196

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1959-10-03 @ BAL W, 26-21 1 33 interception Richie Petitbon 33 yard interception return
2 1959-10-03 @ BAL W, 26-21 2 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
3 1959-10-03 @ BAL W, 26-21 2 35 pass Harlon Hill 35 yard pass from Ed Brown (John Aveni kick)
4 1959-10-11 RAM L, 21-28 2 78 punt Johnny Morris 78 yard punt return (John Aveni kick)
5 1959-10-11 RAM L, 21-28 2 88 pass Harlon Hill 88 yard pass from Ed Brown (John Aveni kick)
6 1959-10-11 RAM L, 21-28 2 43 pass Willard Dewveall 43 yard pass from Ed Brown (John Aveni kick)
7 1959-10-18 BAL L, 7-21 3 30 rush Willie Galimore 30 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
8 1959-10-25 @ SFO L, 17-20 3 34 pass Willie Galimore 34 yard pass from Ed Brown (John Aveni kick)
9 1959-10-25 @ SFO L, 17-20 4 30 pass Jim Dooley 30 yard pass from Ed Brown (John Aveni kick)
10 1959-11-01 @ RAM W, 26-21 1 29 pass Johnny Morris 29 yard pass from Zeke Bratkowski (John Aveni kick)
11 1959-11-01 @ RAM W, 26-21 3 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
12 1959-11-01 @ RAM W, 26-21 3 19 fumble Larry Morris 19 yard fumble return
13 1959-11-01 @ RAM W, 26-21 3 30 pass Rick Casares 30 yard pass from Ed Brown
14 1959-11-08 GNB W, 28-17 1 5 rush Merrill Douglas 5 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
15 1959-11-08 GNB W, 28-17 1 5 rush Rick Casares 5 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
16 1959-11-08 GNB W, 28-17 2 36 pass Harlon Hill 36 yard pass from Ed Brown (John Aveni kick)
17 1959-11-08 GNB W, 28-17 3 8 pass Jim Dooley 8 yard pass from Zeke Bratkowski (John Aveni kick)
18 1959-11-15 SFO W, 14-3 1 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
19 1959-11-15 SFO W, 14-3 3 51 pass Johnny Morris 51 yard pass from Ed Brown (John Aveni kick)
20 1959-11-22 @ DET W, 24-14 2 8 pass Willie Galimore 8 yard pass from Ed Brown (John Aveni kick)
21 1959-11-22 @ DET W, 24-14 2 14 rush Rick Casares 14 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
22 1959-11-22 @ DET W, 24-14 4 1 rush Ed Brown 1 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
23 1959-11-29 @ CRD W, 31-7 1 76 pass Willard Dewveall 76 yard pass from Ed Brown (John Aveni kick)
24 1959-11-29 @ CRD W, 31-7 2 12 pass Willard Dewveall 12 yard pass from Ed Brown (John Aveni kick)
25 1959-11-29 @ CRD W, 31-7 3 28 rush Rick Casares 28 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
26 1959-11-29 @ CRD W, 31-7 4 2 rush Merrill Douglas 2 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
27 1959-12-06 PIT W, 27-21 1 3 rush Rick Casares 3 yard rush
28 1959-12-06 PIT W, 27-21 2 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
29 1959-12-06 PIT W, 27-21 2 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
30 1959-12-06 PIT W, 27-21 3 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
31 1959-12-13 DET W, 25-14 1 43 pass Rick Casares 43 yard pass from Ed Brown (John Aveni kick)
32 1959-12-13 DET W, 25-14 3 28 pass Jim Dooley 28 yard pass from Ed Brown (John Aveni kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1959-09-27 @ GNB W, 9-6 4 5 rush Jim Taylor 5 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
2 1959-10-03 @ BAL L, 21-26 4 7 pass Raymond Berry 7 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
3 1959-10-03 @ BAL L, 21-26 4 4 pass Jim Mutscheller 4 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
4 1959-10-03 @ BAL L, 21-26 4 13 pass Jim Mutscheller 13 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
5 1959-10-11 RAM W, 28-21 1 27 pass Red Phillips 27 yard pass from Billy Wade (Jack Morris kick)
6 1959-10-11 RAM W, 28-21 2 39 pass Red Phillips 39 yard pass from Billy Wade (Jack Morris kick)
7 1959-10-11 RAM W, 28-21 3 45 pass Del Shofner 45 yard pass from Billy Wade (Jack Morris kick)
8 1959-10-11 RAM W, 28-21 4 1 rush Joe Marconi 1 yard rush (Jack Morris kick)
9 1959-10-18 BAL W, 21-7 1 11 rush Alan Ameche 11 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
10 1959-10-18 BAL W, 21-7 4 25 pass Lenny Moore 25 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
11 1959-10-18 BAL W, 21-7 4 2 pass L.G. Dupre 2 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
12 1959-10-25 @ SFO W, 20-17 2 13 rush Lenny Lyles 13 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
13 1959-10-25 @ SFO W, 20-17 4 46 pass R.C. Owens 46 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Tommy Davis kick)
14 1959-11-01 @ RAM L, 21-26 1 50 pass Del Shofner 50 yard pass from Billy Wade (Jack Morris kick)
15 1959-11-01 @ RAM L, 21-26 3 19 rush Ollie Matson 19 yard rush (Jack Morris kick)
16 1959-11-01 @ RAM L, 21-26 4 38 pass Jon Arnett 38 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Jack Morris kick)
17 1959-11-08 GNB L, 17-28 2 10 rush Jim Taylor 10 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
18 1959-11-08 GNB L, 17-28 4 61 punt Bill Butler 61 yard punt return (Paul Hornung kick)
19 1959-11-22 @ DET L, 14-24 4 1 rush John Henry Johnson 1 yard rush (Gerry Perry kick)
20 1959-11-22 @ DET L, 14-24 4 1 rush Nick Pietrosante 1 yard rush (Gerry Perry kick)
21 1959-11-29 @ CRD L, 7-31 3 25 pass Perry Richards 25 yard pass from King Hill (Bobby Joe Conrad kick)
22 1959-12-06 PIT L, 21-27 2 2 rush Tom Tracy 2 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
23 1959-12-06 PIT L, 21-27 3 7 rush Larry Krutko 7 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
24 1959-12-06 PIT L, 21-27 4 25 pass Buddy Dial 25 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
25 1959-12-13 DET L, 14-25 3 13 rush John Henry Johnson 13 yard rush (Gerry Perry kick)
26 1959-12-13 DET L, 14-25 3 8 pass Jim Doran 8 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Gerry Perry kick)