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1961 Chicago Bears

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8-6-0, Finished 3rd in NFL West Division  · 1961 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.3, Offense: 2.8, Defense: 1.5, SoS: 2.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 326 points (23.3/g), 5th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 302 points (21.6/g), 9th.
 Differential of 24 points (1.7/g), 6th.  Expected W-L: 7.6-6.4.

Coach: George Halas (8-6-0)

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 326 4562 827 5.5 38 14 23 239 186 349 2672 26 24 6.8 113 436 1890 16 4.3 103
Team Defense 302 4449 845 5.3 37 13 19 223 209 398 2797 27 24 6.3 124 401 1652 10 4.1 80
Lg Rank Offense 5 6 5 5 7 10 5 3 8 5 8 7 5 8
Lg Rank Defense 9 9 11 11 5 11 11 13 7 8 2 5 3 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 17 boxscore L 0-1 @ Minnesota Vikings 13 37 20 270 136 134 5 17 336 257 79 1
2 Sat September 23 boxscore W 1-1 @ Los Angeles Rams 21 17 15 328 194 134 2 13 299 219 80 3
3 Sun October 1 boxscore L 1-2 @ Green Bay Packers 0 24 16 255 131 124 4 18 281 83 198 3
4 Sun October 8 boxscore W 2-2 @ Detroit Lions 31 17 15 454 281 173 2 13 339 174 165 4
5 Sun October 15 boxscore W 3-2 Baltimore Colts 24 10 14 284 194 90 1 20 362 256 106 1
6 Sun October 22 boxscore W 4-2 San Francisco 49ers 31 0 17 305 156 149 1 6 132 40 92 6
7 Sun October 29 boxscore W 5-2 @ Baltimore Colts 21 20 17 341 199 142 3 19 372 292 80 2
8 Sun November 5 boxscore L 5-3 @ Philadelphia Eagles 14 16 9 215 89 126 19 342 237 105 3
9 Sun November 12 boxscore L 5-4 Green Bay Packers 28 31 15 242 169 73 2 20 322 160 162 1
10 Sun November 19 boxscore L 5-5 @ San Francisco 49ers 31 41 21 428 295 133 4 15 536 318 218
11 Sun November 26 boxscore W 6-5 Los Angeles Rams 28 24 24 371 199 172 3 19 357 287 70 4
12 Sun December 3 boxscore L 6-6 Detroit Lions 15 16 12 193 66 127 3 17 245 172 73 4
13 Sun December 10 boxscore W 7-6 Cleveland Browns 17 14 19 324 216 108 4 15 320 245 75 2
14 Sun December 17 boxscore W 8-6 Minnesota Vikings 52 35 25 552 347 205 4 12 206 57 149 3

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
9 Billy Wade 31 QB 13 9 5-4-0 139 250 55.6% 2258 22 8.8 13 5.2 98 9.0 8.5 16.2 173.7 93.7 3 3
15 Ed Brown 33 P/qb 14 5 3-2-0 46 98 46.9% 742 4 4.1 11 11.2 84 7.6 3.3 16.1 53.0 46.8 1 2
39 John Adams 24 13 0 1 1 100.0% 11 0 0.0 0 0.0 11 11.0 11.0 11.0 0.8 112.5
Team Total 26.2 14 8-6-0 186 349 53.3% 3011 26 7.4 24 6.9 98 8.6 7.0 16.2 215.1 78.6 4 5
Opp Total 14 209 398 52.5% 3164 27 6.8 24 6.0 7.9 6.59 15.1 226.0 76.5 46 367 6.3 5.1 10.4

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
28 Willie Galimore 26 HB 14 0 153 707 4 60 4.6 50.5 10.9 33 502 15.2 3 84 2.4 35.9 1209 7 8
35 Rick Casares 30 FB 13 0 135 588 8 23 4.4 45.2 10.4 8 69 8.6 0 31 0.6 5.3 657 8 1
9 Billy Wade 31 QB 13 9 45 255 2 29 5.7 19.6 3.5 255 2 3
49 Charlie Bivins 23 KR 14 0 43 188 1 24 4.4 13.4 3.1 4 -9 -2.3 0 4 0.3 -0.6 179 1 1
38 Bill Brown 23 14 0 22 81 0 20 3.7 5.8 1.6 2 6 3.0 0 13 0.1 0.4 87 0 2
39 John Adams 24 13 0 14 -2 1 10 -0.1 -0.2 1.1 5 80 16.0 0 36 0.4 6.2 78 1 1
15 Ed Brown 33 P/qb 14 5 13 18 0 13 1.4 1.3 0.9 18 0 1
47 Johnny Morris 26 FL/PR 14 0 8 49 0 21 6.1 3.5 0.6 36 548 15.2 4 80 2.6 39.1 597 4 2
36 J.D. Smith 25 3 0 3 6 0 5 2.0 2.0 1.0 6 0 0
89 Mike Ditka* 22 TE 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 56 1076 19.2 12 76 4.0 76.9 1076 12 2
84 Bo Farrington 25 SE 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 21 349 16.6 4 98 1.9 31.7 349 4 1
46 Angelo Coia 23 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 249 20.8 3 64 1.1 22.6 249 3 0
43 Jim Dooley 31 6 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 90 15.0 0 25 1.0 15.0 90 0 0
87 Harlon Hill 29 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 51 17.0 0 23 0.2 3.6 51 0 0
Team Total 26.2 14 436 1890 16 60 4.3 135.0 31.1 186 3011 16.2 26 98 13.3 215.1 4901 42 23
Opp Total 14 401 1652 10 4.1 118.0 28.6 209 2797 13.4 27 14.9 199.8 4449 37 22

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
49 Charlie Bivins 23 KR 14 0 25 668 0 78 26.7 847
47 Johnny Morris 26 FL/PR 14 0 23 155 0 16 6.7 2 46 0 25 23.0 798
24 Rosey Taylor 24 RS 14 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 14 379 0 60 27.1 383
28 Willie Galimore 26 HB 14 0 5 82 0 25 16.4 1291
38 Bill Brown 23 14 0 4 54 0 19 13.5 141
17 Richie Petitbon 23 LS 14 0 2 9 0 7 4.5 9
33 Larry Morris 28 RLB 14 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 2
36 J.D. Smith 25 3 0 1 18 0 18 18.0 24
Team Total 26.2 14 27 170 0 16 6.3 51 1247 0 78 24.5 6318
Opp Total 14 24 302 1 12.6 55 1219 1 22.2

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
54 Roger LeClerc 25 K 14 0 24 10 41.7%% 41 40 97.6%%
15 Ed Brown 33 P/qb 14 5 2 1 50.0%% 1 1 100.0%% 58 2448 69 0 42.2
39 John Adams 24 13 0 2 56 43 0 28.0
61 Bill George*+ 32 MLB 14 0 1 0.0%%
Team Total 26.2 14 27 11 40.7%% 42 41 97.6%% 60 2504 69 0 41.7
Opp Total 14 27 10 37.0%% 39 36 92.3%% 66 2818 42.7

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
28 Willie Galimore 26 HB 14 0 0 8 2 0 0
23 Dave Whitsell 25 RCB 14 0 6 123 0 52 0
61 Bill George*+ 32 MLB 14 0 3 18 0 13 0 0 0 2 0 0
17 Richie Petitbon 23 LS 14 0 5 71 0 43 0
31 Joe Fortunato 31 LLB 14 0 3 34 0 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
87 Harlon Hill 29 14 0 3 52 0 24 0 0 0 1 0 0
39 John Adams 24 13 0 0 1 2 36 0
38 Bill Brown 23 14 0 0 2 1 0 0
15 Ed Brown 33 P/qb 14 5 0 1 2 0 0
25 J.C. Caroline 28 LCB 14 0 3 48 0 28 0
54 Roger LeClerc 25 K 14 0 0 0 3 0 0
47 Johnny Morris 26 FL/PR 14 0 0 2 1 3 0
9 Billy Wade 31 QB 13 9 0 3 0 0 0
81 Doug Atkins* 31 RDE 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
89 Mike Ditka* 22 TE 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
33 Larry Morris 28 RLB 14 0 1 25 0 25 0 0 0 1 0 0
24 Rosey Taylor 24 RS 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
49 Charlie Bivins 23 KR 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
35 Rick Casares 30 FB 13 0 0 1 0 0 0
65 Stan Fanning 24 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
84 Bo Farrington 25 SE 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
76 John Mellekas 28 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
75 Fred Williams 32 RDT 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.2 14 24 371 0 52 0 0 23 22 39 0
Opp Total 14 42 22 9 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
89 Mike Ditka* 22 TE 14 0 12 12 72
54 Roger LeClerc 25 K 14 0 40 10 70
35 Rick Casares 30 FB 13 0 8 8 48
28 Willie Galimore 26 HB 14 0 4 3 7 42
84 Bo Farrington 25 SE 11 0 4 4 24
47 Johnny Morris 26 FL/PR 14 0 4 4 24
46 Angelo Coia 23 11 0 3 3 18
9 Billy Wade 31 QB 13 9 2 2 12
39 John Adams 24 13 0 1 1 6
49 Charlie Bivins 23 KR 14 0 1 1 6
15 Ed Brown 33 P/qb 14 5 1 1 4
Team Total 26.2 14 16 26 42 41 11 326
Opp Total 14 10 27 1 1 36 10 1 302

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1961-09-17 @ MIN L, 13-37 2 3 rush Rick Casares 3 yard rush
2 1961-09-17 @ MIN L, 13-37 4 10 pass Willie Galimore 10 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
3 1961-09-23 @ RAM W, 21-17 1 47 pass Mike Ditka 47 yard pass from Ed Brown (Roger LeClerc kick)
4 1961-09-23 @ RAM W, 21-17 3 3 rush Billy Wade 3 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
5 1961-09-23 @ RAM W, 21-17 4 34 pass Bo Farrington 34 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
6 1961-10-08 @ DET W, 31-17 2 98 pass Bo Farrington 98 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
7 1961-10-08 @ DET W, 31-17 4 37 pass Mike Ditka 37 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
8 1961-10-08 @ DET W, 31-17 4 1 rush Billy Wade 1 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
9 1961-10-08 @ DET W, 31-17 4 53 rush Willie Galimore 53 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
10 1961-10-15 BAL W, 24-10 2 8 pass Johnny Morris 8 yard pass from Ed Brown (Roger LeClerc kick)
11 1961-10-15 BAL W, 24-10 4 84 pass Willie Galimore 84 yard pass from Ed Brown (Roger LeClerc kick)
12 1961-10-15 BAL W, 24-10 4 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
13 1961-10-22 SFO W, 31-0 2 26 pass Bo Farrington 26 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
14 1961-10-22 SFO W, 31-0 2 47 pass Mike Ditka 47 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
15 1961-10-22 SFO W, 31-0 3 15 pass Mike Ditka 15 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
16 1961-10-22 SFO W, 31-0 4 7 pass Johnny Morris 7 yard pass from Billy Wade (Ed Brown kick)
17 1961-10-29 @ BAL W, 21-20 2 19 pass Mike Ditka 19 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
18 1961-10-29 @ BAL W, 21-20 3 41 pass Johnny Morris 41 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
19 1961-10-29 @ BAL W, 21-20 4 5 rush Rick Casares 5 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
20 1961-11-05 @ PHI L, 14-16 1 76 pass Mike Ditka 76 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
21 1961-11-05 @ PHI L, 14-16 2 2 rush Rick Casares 2 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
22 1961-11-12 GNB L, 28-31 1 47 pass Mike Ditka 47 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
23 1961-11-12 GNB L, 28-31 3 15 pass Mike Ditka 15 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
24 1961-11-12 GNB L, 28-31 4 29 pass Mike Ditka 29 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
25 1961-11-12 GNB L, 28-31 4 9 rush Rick Casares 9 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
26 1961-11-19 @ SFO L, 31-41 1 10 rush John Adams 10 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
27 1961-11-19 @ SFO L, 31-41 3 16 pass Bo Farrington 16 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
28 1961-11-19 @ SFO L, 31-41 4 36 pass Mike Ditka 36 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
29 1961-11-19 @ SFO L, 31-41 4 80 pass Johnny Morris 80 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
30 1961-11-26 RAM W, 28-24 1 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
31 1961-11-26 RAM W, 28-24 2 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
32 1961-11-26 RAM W, 28-24 2 5 rush Rick Casares 5 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
33 1961-11-26 RAM W, 28-24 4 52 pass Willie Galimore 52 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
34 1961-12-10 CLE W, 17-14 4 3 rush Willie Galimore 3 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
35 1961-12-10 CLE W, 17-14 4 64 pass Angelo Coia 64 yard pass from Ed Brown (Roger LeClerc kick)
36 1961-12-17 MIN W, 52-35 1 62 pass Angelo Coia 62 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
37 1961-12-17 MIN W, 52-35 2 8 rush Willie Galimore 8 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
38 1961-12-17 MIN W, 52-35 2 2 pass Mike Ditka 2 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
39 1961-12-17 MIN W, 52-35 3 16 pass Angelo Coia 16 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
40 1961-12-17 MIN W, 52-35 3 30 pass Mike Ditka 30 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
41 1961-12-17 MIN W, 52-35 3 30 rush Charlie Bivins 30 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
42 1961-12-17 MIN W, 52-35 4 60 rush Willie Galimore 60 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1961-09-17 @ MIN W, 37-13 2 14 pass Bob Schnelker 14 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Mike Mercer kick)
2 1961-09-17 @ MIN W, 37-13 3 29 pass Jerry Reichow 29 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Mike Mercer kick)
3 1961-09-17 @ MIN W, 37-13 3 2 pass Hugh McElhenny 2 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Mike Mercer kick)
4 1961-09-17 @ MIN W, 37-13 4 2 rush Fran Tarkenton 2 yard rush (Mike Mercer kick)
5 1961-09-17 @ MIN W, 37-13 4 2 pass Dave Middleton 2 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton
6 1961-09-23 @ RAM L, 17-21 2 1 rush Jon Arnett 1 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
7 1961-09-23 @ RAM L, 17-21 4 1 rush Jon Arnett 1 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
8 1961-10-01 @ GNB W, 24-0 1 18 pass Boyd Dowler 18 yard pass from Bart Starr (Paul Hornung kick)
9 1961-10-01 @ GNB W, 24-0 3 3 rush Jim Taylor 3 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
10 1961-10-01 @ GNB W, 24-0 4 17 pass Ron Kramer 17 yard pass from Bart Starr (Paul Hornung kick)
11 1961-10-08 @ DET L, 17-31 1 61 pass Terry Barr 61 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Wayne Walker kick)
12 1961-10-08 @ DET L, 17-31 3 100 kickoff Pat Studstill 100 yard kickoff return (Wayne Walker kick)
13 1961-10-15 BAL L, 10-24 2 7 rush Johnny Unitas 7 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
14 1961-10-29 @ BAL L, 20-21 1 21 pass Joe Perry 21 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
15 1961-10-29 @ BAL L, 20-21 2 68 pass Lenny Moore 68 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
16 1961-10-29 @ BAL L, 20-21 3 1 rush Alex Hawkins 1 yard rush
17 1961-11-05 @ PHI W, 16-14 2 55 pass Tommy McDonald 55 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
18 1961-11-05 @ PHI W, 16-14 3 3 rush Clarence Peaks 3 yard rush
19 1961-11-12 GNB W, 31-28 1 53 pass Ron Kramer 53 yard pass from Bart Starr (Paul Hornung kick)
20 1961-11-12 GNB W, 31-28 2 8 pass Ron Kramer 8 yard pass from Bart Starr (Paul Hornung kick)
21 1961-11-12 GNB W, 31-28 2 8 rush Paul Hornung 8 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
22 1961-11-12 GNB W, 31-28 2 34 pass Paul Hornung 34 yard pass from Bart Starr (Paul Hornung kick)
23 1961-11-19 @ SFO W, 41-31 1 44 pass Monty Stickles 44 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
24 1961-11-19 @ SFO W, 41-31 1 5 rush J.D. Smith 5 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
25 1961-11-19 @ SFO W, 41-31 3 70 pass Aaron Thomas 70 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
26 1961-11-19 @ SFO W, 41-31 3 45 pass Aaron Thomas 45 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
27 1961-11-19 @ SFO W, 41-31 3 23 rush R.C. Owens 23 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
28 1961-11-26 RAM L, 24-28 1 11 pass Red Phillips 11 yard pass from Zeke Bratkowski (Danny Villanueva kick)
29 1961-11-26 RAM L, 24-28 4 84 pass Ollie Matson 84 yard pass from Zeke Bratkowski (Danny Villanueva kick)
30 1961-11-26 RAM L, 24-28 4 48 pass Duane Allen 48 yard pass from Zeke Bratkowski (Danny Villanueva kick)
31 1961-12-03 DET W, 16-15 2 4 pass Jim Gibbons 4 yard pass from Jim Ninowski (Jim Martin kick)
32 1961-12-03 DET W, 16-15 4 5 pass Terry Barr 5 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Jim Martin kick)
33 1961-12-10 CLE L, 14-17 1 77 pass Jim Brown 77 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
34 1961-12-10 CLE L, 14-17 1 13 pass Bobby Crespino 13 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
35 1961-12-17 MIN L, 35-52 1 81 punt Hugh McElhenny 81 yard punt return (Mike Mercer kick)
36 1961-12-17 MIN L, 35-52 1 30 pass Jerry Reichow 30 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Mike Mercer kick)
37 1961-12-17 MIN L, 35-52 2 11 pass Jerry Reichow 11 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Mike Mercer kick)
38 1961-12-17 MIN L, 35-52 3 10 pass Gordie Smith 10 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Mike Mercer kick)
39 1961-12-17 MIN L, 35-52 4 24 pass Jerry Reichow 24 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Mike Mercer kick)