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1965 Chicago Bears

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9-5-0, Finished 3rd in NFL West Division  · 1965 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 14.6, Offense: 8.6, Defense: 5.9, SoS: 5.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 409 points (29.2/g), 2nd of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 275 points (19.6/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 134 points (9.6/g), 1st.  Expected W-L: 10.1-3.9.

Coach: George Halas (9-5-0)

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

Team Info

Principal Owner George Halas
President/General Manager George Halas Jr.
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 409 4897 870 5.6 28 16 15 257 201 361 2766 22 12 7.1 110 479 2131 27 4.4 132
Team Defense 275 4268 884 4.8 44 24 21 244 217 444 2738 18 20 5.7 136 400 1530 11 3.8 87
Lg Rank Offense 2 3 3 7 5 10 5 6 1 2 2 3 1 4
Lg Rank Defense 2 8 3 1 11 13 9 4 7 3 1 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 19 boxscore L 0-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 24 52 16 263 186 77 2 26 485 288 197 1
2 Sat September 25 boxscore L 0-2 @ Los Angeles Rams 28 30 10 224 173 51 2 24 389 266 123 2
3 Sun October 3 boxscore L 0-3 @ Green Bay Packers 14 23 23 413 221 192 2 14 299 221 78
4 Sun October 10 boxscore W 1-3 Los Angeles Rams 31 6 17 390 301 89 2 17 284 211 73 5
5 Sun October 17 boxscore W 2-3 @ Minnesota Vikings 45 37 16 316 134 182 1 26 413 109 304 5
6 Sun October 24 boxscore W 3-3 Detroit Lions 38 10 16 290 148 142 2 14 260 138 122 5
7 Sun October 31 boxscore W 4-3 Green Bay Packers 31 10 20 265 53 212 3 14 219 98 121 4
8 Sun November 7 boxscore L 4-4 Baltimore Colts 21 26 25 340 266 74 2 18 402 308 94 4
9 Sun November 14 boxscore W 5-4 St. Louis Cardinals 34 13 23 463 274 189 2 15 295 217 78 1
10 Sun November 21 boxscore W 6-4 @ Detroit Lions 17 10 14 230 29 201 1 11 184 118 66 3
11 Sun November 28 boxscore W 7-4 @ New York Giants 35 14 21 370 200 170 2 14 202 148 54 3
12 Sun December 5 boxscore W 8-4 @ Baltimore Colts 13 0 18 418 216 202 4 15 222 163 59 6
13 Sun December 12 boxscore W 9-4 San Francisco 49ers 61 20 21 584 401 183 19 330 272 58 2
14 Sun December 19 boxscore L 9-5 Minnesota Vikings 17 24 17 331 164 167 3 17 284 181 103 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
10 Rudy Bukich 33 QB 14 12 9-3-0 176 312 56.4% 2641 20 6.4 9 2.9 80 8.5 8.4 15.0 188.6 93.7 1 0
9 Billy Wade 35 qb 5 2 0-2-0 20 41 48.8% 204 0 0.0 2 4.9 29 5.0 2.8 10.2 40.8 43.1
29 Ronnie Bull 25 FB 13 0 2 3 66.7% 63 0 0.0 0 0.0 54 21.0 21.0 31.5 4.8 109.7
40 Gale Sayers*+ 22 HB/KR/PR 14 0 2 3 66.7% 53 1 33.3 1 33.3 27 17.7 9.3 26.5 3.8 109.7
21 Jon Arnett 30 14 0 1 2 50.0% 59 1 50.0 0 0.0 59 29.5 39.5 59.0 4.2 135.4
Team Total 27.3 14 9-5-0 201 361 55.7% 3020 22 6.1 12 3.3 80 8.4 8.1 15.0 215.7 89.8 1 0
Opp Total 14 217 444 48.9% 3086 18 4.1 20 4.5 7.0 5.73 14.2 220.4 66.5 40 348 5.7 4.5 8.3

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
40 Gale Sayers*+ 22 HB/KR/PR 14 0 166 867 14 61 5.2 61.9 11.9 29 507 17.5 6 80 2.1 36.2 1374 20 9
21 Jon Arnett 30 14 0 102 363 5 24 3.6 25.9 7.3 12 114 9.5 0 30 0.9 8.1 477 5 3
29 Ronnie Bull 25 FB 13 0 91 417 3 33 4.6 32.1 7.0 16 186 11.6 1 41 1.2 14.3 603 4 2
48 Andy Livingston 21 14 0 63 363 2 30 5.8 25.9 4.5 12 134 11.2 0 30 0.9 9.6 497 2 2
10 Rudy Bukich 33 QB 14 12 28 33 3 24 1.2 2.4 2.0 33 3 12
34 Joe Marconi 31 14 0 19 47 0 10 2.5 3.4 1.4 4 43 10.8 0 29 0.3 3.1 90 0 0
9 Billy Wade 35 qb 5 2 5 18 0 16 3.6 3.6 1.0 18 0 2
80 Jim Jones 24 SE 13 0 2 13 0 7 6.5 1.0 0.2 21 350 16.7 4 54 1.6 26.9 363 4 0
45 Dick Gordon 21 14 0 2 10 0 6 5.0 0.7 0.1 13 279 21.5 3 51 0.9 19.9 289 3 1
32 Ralph Kurek 22 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 0
47 Johnny Morris 30 FL 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 53 846 16.0 4 80 3.8 60.4 846 4 0
89 Mike Ditka* 26 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 36 454 12.6 2 44 2.6 32.4 454 2 1
49 Charlie Bivins 27 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 108 27.0 2 52 0.3 7.7 108 2 0
85 Bill Martin 23 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1 0.1 -0.1 -1 0 0
Team Total 27.3 14 479 2131 27 61 4.4 152.2 34.2 201 3020 15.0 22 80 14.4 215.7 5151 49 33
Opp Total 14 400 1530 11 3.8 109.3 28.6 217 2738 12.6 18 15.5 195.6 4268 29 33

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
40 Gale Sayers*+ 22 HB/KR/PR 14 0 16 238 1 85 14.9 21 660 1 96 31.4 2272
21 Jon Arnett 30 14 0 11 52 0 22 4.7 5 150 0 77 30.0 679
45 Dick Gordon 21 14 0 1 -3 0 -3 -3.0 14 242 0 41 17.3 528
48 Andy Livingston 21 14 0 2 66 0 42 33.0 563
84 Ron Smith 22 14 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 1 17 0 17 17.0 19
32 Ralph Kurek 22 14 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 11
83 Roger LeClerc 29 K 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 27.3 14 29 289 1 85 10.0 45 1146 1 96 25.5 6586
Opp Total 14 22 123 0 5.6 72 1583 0 22.0

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
83 Roger LeClerc 29 K 14 0 26 11 42.3%% 52 52 100.0%%
88 Bobby Joe Green 29 P 14 0 58 2479 66 0 42.7
Team Total 27.3 14 26 11 42.3%% 52 52 100.0%% 58 2479 66 0 42.7
Opp Total 14 24 15 62.5%% 33 30 90.9%% 65 2749 42.3

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
10 Rudy Bukich 33 QB 14 12 0 12 4 0 0
40 Gale Sayers*+ 22 HB/KR/PR 14 0 0 9 4 0 0
51 Dick Butkus*+ 23 MLB 14 0 5 84 0 38 0 0 0 7 11 0
26 Bennie McRae 26 LCB 14 0 4 116 1 89 0 0 0 2 0 0
23 Dave Whitsell 29 RCB 14 0 4 67 1 32 0 0 0 2 13 0
31 Joe Fortunato*+ 35 LLB 14 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0
21 Jon Arnett 30 14 0 0 3 1 0 0
29 Ronnie Bull 25 FB 13 0 0 2 2 0 0
71 Earl Leggett 32 RDT 14 0 0 0 4 2 0
17 Richie Petitbon 27 LS 14 0 2 22 0 18 0 0 0 1 8 0
24 Rosey Taylor 28 RS 14 0 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 2 3 0
81 Doug Atkins* 35 RDE 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
89 Mike Ditka* 26 TE 14 14 0 1 1 0 0
48 Andy Livingston 21 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
50 Mike Pyle 26 C 13 13 0 0 2 0 0
62 Mike Reilly 23 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
84 Ron Smith 22 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
9 Billy Wade 35 qb 5 2 0 2 0 0 0
49 Charlie Bivins 27 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
72 Jim Cadile 25 RG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
79 Dick Evey 24 LDE 14 14 1 15 0 15 0
45 Dick Gordon 21 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 27.3 14 20 307 2 89 0 0 33 41 40 0
Opp Total 14 30 33 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
40 Gale Sayers*+ 22 HB/KR/PR 14 0 14 6 1 1 22 132
83 Roger LeClerc 29 K 14 0 52 11 85
21 Jon Arnett 30 14 0 5 5 30
29 Ronnie Bull 25 FB 13 0 3 1 4 24
80 Jim Jones 24 SE 13 0 4 4 24
47 Johnny Morris 30 FL 14 0 4 4 24
10 Rudy Bukich 33 QB 14 12 3 3 18
45 Dick Gordon 21 14 0 3 3 18
49 Charlie Bivins 27 14 0 2 2 12
89 Mike Ditka* 26 TE 14 14 2 2 12
48 Andy Livingston 21 14 0 2 2 12
26 Bennie McRae 26 LCB 14 0 1 1 6
24 Rosey Taylor 28 RS 14 0 1 1 6
23 Dave Whitsell 29 RCB 14 0 1 1 6
Team Total 27.3 14 27 22 1 1 2 1 54 52 11 409
Opp Total 14 11 18 1 3 30 15 1 275

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1965-09-19 @ SFO L, 24-52 4 2 rush Andy Livingston 2 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
2 1965-09-19 @ SFO L, 24-52 4 4 pass Charlie Bivins 4 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
3 1965-09-19 @ SFO L, 24-52 4 52 pass Charlie Bivins 52 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
4 1965-09-25 @ RAM L, 28-30 2 60 blocked field goal Rosey Taylor 60 yard blocked field goal return (Roger LeClerc kick)
5 1965-09-25 @ RAM L, 28-30 2 18 rush Gale Sayers 18 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
6 1965-09-25 @ RAM L, 28-30 3 80 pass Johnny Morris 80 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
7 1965-09-25 @ RAM L, 28-30 3 17 pass Jim Jones 17 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
8 1965-10-03 @ GNB L, 14-23 3 6 rush Gale Sayers 6 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
9 1965-10-03 @ GNB L, 14-23 4 65 pass Gale Sayers 65 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
10 1965-10-10 RAM W, 31-6 2 3 rush Andy Livingston 3 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
11 1965-10-10 RAM W, 31-6 3 80 pass Gale Sayers 80 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
12 1965-10-10 RAM W, 31-6 4 1 rush Rudy Bukich 1 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
13 1965-10-10 RAM W, 31-6 4 26 pass Dick Gordon 26 yard pass from Gale Sayers (Roger LeClerc kick)
14 1965-10-17 @ MIN W, 45-37 1 33 rush Ronnie Bull 33 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
15 1965-10-17 @ MIN W, 45-37 1 14 pass Johnny Morris 14 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
16 1965-10-17 @ MIN W, 45-37 3 18 pass Gale Sayers 18 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
17 1965-10-17 @ MIN W, 45-37 4 25 pass Gale Sayers 25 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
18 1965-10-17 @ MIN W, 45-37 4 96 kickoff Gale Sayers 96 yard kickoff return (Roger LeClerc kick)
19 1965-10-17 @ MIN W, 45-37 4 10 rush Gale Sayers 10 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
20 1965-10-24 DET W, 38-10 1 27 pass Johnny Morris 27 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
21 1965-10-24 DET W, 38-10 2 7 pass Gale Sayers 7 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
22 1965-10-24 DET W, 38-10 2 59 pass Johnny Morris 59 yard pass from Jon Arnett (Roger LeClerc kick)
23 1965-10-24 DET W, 38-10 3 3 pass Mike Ditka 3 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
24 1965-10-24 DET W, 38-10 4 89 interception Bennie McRae 89 yard interception return (Roger LeClerc kick)
25 1965-10-31 GNB W, 31-10 2 13 pass Jim Jones 13 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
26 1965-10-31 GNB W, 31-10 2 10 rush Gale Sayers 10 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
27 1965-10-31 GNB W, 31-10 3 2 rush Jon Arnett 2 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
28 1965-10-31 GNB W, 31-10 4 4 rush Ronnie Bull 4 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
29 1965-11-07 BAL L, 21-26 3 19 pass Jim Jones 19 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
30 1965-11-07 BAL L, 21-26 4 6 pass Ronnie Bull 6 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
31 1965-11-07 BAL L, 21-26 4 1 rush Jon Arnett 1 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
32 1965-11-14 STL W, 34-13 1 11 rush Jon Arnett 11 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
33 1965-11-14 STL W, 34-13 3 11 rush Rudy Bukich 11 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
34 1965-11-14 STL W, 34-13 4 7 rush Gale Sayers 7 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
35 1965-11-14 STL W, 34-13 4 33 pass Dick Gordon 33 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
36 1965-11-21 @ DET W, 17-10 2 24 rush Jon Arnett 24 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
37 1965-11-21 @ DET W, 17-10 3 20 rush Gale Sayers 20 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
38 1965-11-28 @ NYG W, 35-14 1 38 pass Dick Gordon 38 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
39 1965-11-28 @ NYG W, 35-14 2 1 rush Rudy Bukich 1 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
40 1965-11-28 @ NYG W, 35-14 2 45 rush Gale Sayers 45 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
41 1965-11-28 @ NYG W, 35-14 4 29 interception Dave Whitsell 29 yard interception return (Roger LeClerc kick)
42 1965-11-28 @ NYG W, 35-14 4 15 rush Gale Sayers 15 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
43 1965-12-05 @ BAL W, 13-0 1 61 rush Gale Sayers 61 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
44 1965-12-12 SFO W, 61-20 1 80 pass Gale Sayers 80 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (pass failed)
45 1965-12-12 SFO W, 61-20 1 29 pass Mike Ditka 29 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
46 1965-12-12 SFO W, 61-20 2 21 rush Gale Sayers 21 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
47 1965-12-12 SFO W, 61-20 2 7 rush Gale Sayers 7 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
48 1965-12-12 SFO W, 61-20 3 50 rush Gale Sayers 50 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
49 1965-12-12 SFO W, 61-20 3 1 rush Gale Sayers 1 yard rush (run failed)
50 1965-12-12 SFO W, 61-20 4 8 pass Jim Jones 8 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
51 1965-12-12 SFO W, 61-20 4 85 punt Gale Sayers 85 yard punt return (Roger LeClerc kick)
52 1965-12-12 SFO W, 61-20 4 2 rush Jon Arnett 2 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
53 1965-12-19 MIN L, 17-24 3 23 rush Ronnie Bull 23 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
54 1965-12-19 MIN L, 17-24 4 2 rush Gale Sayers 2 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1965-09-19 @ SFO W, 52-24 2 18 rush John David Crow 18 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
2 1965-09-19 @ SFO W, 52-24 2 59 pass Bernie Casey 59 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
3 1965-09-19 @ SFO W, 52-24 2 20 pass Ken Willard 20 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
4 1965-09-19 @ SFO W, 52-24 3 9 pass Bernie Casey 9 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
5 1965-09-19 @ SFO W, 52-24 3 21 pass Dave Parks 21 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
6 1965-09-19 @ SFO W, 52-24 3 6 fumble Charlie Krueger 6 yard fumble return (Tommy Davis kick)
7 1965-09-19 @ SFO W, 52-24 4 60 rush Gary Lewis 60 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
8 1965-09-25 @ RAM W, 30-28 2 37 interception Aaron Martin 37 yard interception return
9 1965-09-25 @ RAM W, 30-28 4 1 rush Bill Munson 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
10 1965-09-25 @ RAM W, 30-28 4 5 pass Tommy McDonald 5 yard pass from Bill Munson (Bruce Gossett kick)
11 1965-09-25 @ RAM W, 30-28 4 10 pass Terry Baker 10 yard pass from Bill Munson (Bruce Gossett kick)
12 1965-10-03 @ GNB W, 23-14 1 1 rush Paul Hornung 1 yard rush (Don Chandler kick)
13 1965-10-03 @ GNB W, 23-14 1 42 interception Lee Roy Caffey 42 yard interception return (Don Chandler kick)
14 1965-10-03 @ GNB W, 23-14 2 48 pass Bob Long 48 yard pass from Bart Starr
15 1965-10-17 @ MIN L, 37-45 2 4 rush Tommy Mason 4 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
16 1965-10-17 @ MIN L, 37-45 3 40 rush Bill Brown 40 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
17 1965-10-17 @ MIN L, 37-45 4 2 rush Fran Tarkenton 2 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
18 1965-10-17 @ MIN L, 37-45 4 4 rush Tommy Mason 4 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
19 1965-10-24 DET L, 10-38 4 6 pass Pat Studstill 6 yard pass from George Izo (Wayne Walker kick)
20 1965-10-31 GNB L, 10-31 1 1 rush Jim Taylor 1 yard rush (Don Chandler kick)
21 1965-11-07 BAL W, 26-21 2 37 pass John Mackey 37 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Lou Michaels kick)
22 1965-11-07 BAL W, 26-21 3 49 pass Tony Lorick 49 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Lou Michaels kick)
23 1965-11-07 BAL W, 26-21 3 13 pass Raymond Berry 13 yard pass from Gary Cuozzo (Lou Michaels kick)
24 1965-11-14 STL L, 13-34 1 37 pass Sonny Randle 37 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Bakken kick)
25 1965-11-21 @ DET L, 10-17 1 3 rush Amos Marsh 3 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
26 1965-11-28 @ NYG L, 14-35 3 25 pass Del Shofner 25 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Bob Timberlake kick)
27 1965-11-28 @ NYG L, 14-35 4 3 pass Steve Thurlow 3 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Bob Timberlake kick)
28 1965-12-12 SFO L, 20-61 2 9 pass Dave Parks 9 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
29 1965-12-12 SFO L, 20-61 2 15 pass John David Crow 15 yard pass from John Brodie
30 1965-12-12 SFO L, 20-61 4 2 rush Dave Kopay 2 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
31 1965-12-19 MIN W, 24-17 4 17 pass Tom Hall 17 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
32 1965-12-19 MIN W, 24-17 4 22 pass Gordie Smith 22 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
33 1965-12-19 MIN W, 24-17 4 35 interception Rip Hawkins 35 yard interception return (Fred Cox kick)