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1971 Chicago Bears

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6-8-0, Finished 3rd in NFC Central Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.4, Offense: -4.4, Defense: 1.1, SoS: 3.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 185 points (13.2/g), 25th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 276 points (19.7/g), 12th.
 Differential of -91 points (-6.5/g), 24th.  Expected W-L: 3.9-10.1.

Coach: Jim Dooley (6-8-0)

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

Team Info

Principal Owner George Halas
President/General Manager George Halas Jr.
Director of Player Personnel Bobby Walston
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 185 3336 857 3.9 46 18 15 189 186 443 1902 12 28 3.9 99 365 1434 6 3.9 75
Team Defense 276 4520 899 5.0 45 23 18 234 192 362 2404 12 22 6.2 117 509 2116 14 4.2 99
Lg Rank Offense 25 24 23 17 25 3 22 19 23 26 24 23 24 15
Lg Rank Defense 12 23 3 4 15 17 23 8 11 19 25 20 15 16

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 W 1-0 Pittsburgh Steelers 17 15 8 141 96 45 4 15 352 129 223 7
2 Sun September 26 boxscore W 2-0 @ Minnesota Vikings 20 17 19 315 239 76 3 11 230 146 84 1
3 Sun October 3 boxscore L 2-1 @ Los Angeles Rams 3 17 10 113 45 68 4 21 422 159 263 4
4 Sun October 10 boxscore W 3-1 New Orleans Saints 35 14 26 427 225 202 3 18 263 188 75 4
5 Sun October 17 boxscore L 3-2 @ San Francisco 49ers 0 13 13 220 158 62 6 20 354 193 161 5
6 Sun October 24 boxscore W 4-2 @ Detroit Lions 28 23 17 323 150 173 17 261 145 116 2
7 Sun October 31 boxscore W 5-2 Dallas Cowboys 23 19 7 194 112 82 2 26 481 342 139 7
8 Sun November 7 boxscore L 5-3 Green Bay Packers 14 17 16 280 205 75 4 13 304 133 171 2
9 Sun November 14 boxscore W 6-3 Washington Redskins 16 15 20 385 180 205 1 15 283 195 88
10 Sun November 21 boxscore L 6-4 Detroit Lions 3 28 8 118 6 112 4 14 256 70 186 3
11 Mon November 29 boxscore L 6-5 @ Miami Dolphins 3 34 9 197 101 96 4 23 446 238 208 1
12 Sun December 5 boxscore L 6-6 @ Denver Broncos 3 6 9 66 -7 73 4 10 224 54 170 4
13 Sun December 12 boxscore L 6-7 @ Green Bay Packers 10 31 13 247 186 61 3 15 295 180 115 2
14 Sun December 19 boxscore L 6-8 Minnesota Vikings 10 27 14 310 206 104 4 16 349 232 117 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 Bobby Douglass 24 QB 12 7 3-4-0 91 225 40.4% 1164 5 2.2 15 6.7 64 5.2 2.6 12.8 97.0 37.0 30 235 3.64 1.39 11.8 2 2
16 Kent Nix 27 qb 8 4 1-3-0 51 137 37.2% 760 6 4.4 10 7.3 45 5.5 3.1 14.9 95.0 40.4 10 91 4.55 2.31 6.8 2 2
11 Jack Concannon 28 qb 3 3 2-1-0 42 77 54.5% 334 0 0.0 3 3.9 28 4.3 2.6 8.0 111.3 49.4 8 61 3.21 1.62 9.4
88 Bobby Joe Green 35 P 14 0 1 2 50.0% 13 0 0.0 0 0.0 13 6.5 6.5 13.0 0.9 70.8 0 0 6.50 6.50 0.0
24 Don Shy 26 RB 11 9 1 1 100.0% 23 1 100.0 0 0.0 23 23.0 43.0 23.0 2.1 158.3 1 5 9.00 19.00 50.0
89 Bob Wallace 26 TE 14 14 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 26.3 14 6-8-0 186 443 42.0% 2294 12 2.7 28 6.3 64 5.2 2.9 12.3 163.9 41.3 49 392 3.87 1.79 10.0 4 4
Opp Total 14 192 362 53.0% 2607 12 3.3 22 6.1 7.2 5.13 13.6 186.2 62.0 28 203 6.2 4.2 7.2

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
24 Don Shy 26 RB 11 9 116 420 2 21 3.6 38.2 10.5 19 163 8.6 0 25 1.7 14.8 583 2 3
22 Cyril Pinder 25 12 3 63 311 1 40 4.9 25.9 5.3 10 51 5.1 0 14 0.8 4.3 362 1 0
33 Jim Grabowski 27 FB 12 9 51 149 0 16 2.9 12.4 4.3 17 100 5.9 0 25 1.4 8.3 249 0 3
10 Bobby Douglass 24 QB 12 7 39 284 3 30 7.3 23.7 3.3 284 3 4
34 Bill Tucker 28 14 4 32 82 0 11 2.6 5.9 2.3 11 65 5.9 0 21 0.8 4.6 147 0 1
49 Joe Moore 22 9 1 29 90 0 12 3.1 10.0 3.2 2 22 11.0 0 18 0.2 2.4 112 0 2
40 Gale Sayers 28 2 2 13 38 0 9 2.9 19.0 6.5 38 0 0
16 Kent Nix 27 qb 8 4 9 12 0 14 1.3 1.5 1.1 12 0 3
35 Jim Harrison 23 2 0 5 13 0 12 2.6 6.5 2.5 2 18 9.0 0 12 1.0 9.0 31 0 0
11 Jack Concannon 28 qb 3 3 5 5 0 2 1.0 1.7 1.7 5 0 1
43 George Farmer 23 WR 14 14 1 11 0 11 11.0 0.8 0.1 46 737 16.0 5 64 3.3 52.6 748 5 1
89 Bob Wallace 26 TE 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 27 400 14.8 2 58 1.9 28.6 400 2 0
55 Doug Buffone 27 LLB 14 14 1 19 0 19 19.0 1.4 0.1 19 0 0
45 Dick Gordon* 27 WR 13 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 43 610 14.2 5 45 3.3 46.9 610 5 0
84 Jim Seymour 25 10 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 75 15.0 0 21 0.5 7.5 75 0 0
82 Earl Thomas 23 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 40 13.3 0 28 0.3 3.6 40 0 0
21 Cecil Turner 27 KR 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 13 13.0 0 13 0.1 0.9 13 0 1
Team Total 26.3 14 365 1434 6 40 3.9 102.4 26.1 186 2294 12.3 12 64 13.3 163.9 3728 18 28
Opp Total 14 509 2116 14 4.2 151.1 36.4 192 2404 12.5 12 13.7 171.7 4520 26 36

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
48 Ron Smith 28 PR/SS 14 14 26 194 0 43 7.5 26 671 0 41 25.8 865
21 Cecil Turner 27 KR 14 0 9 63 0 21 7.0 31 639 0 40 20.6 715
51 Dick Butkus* 29 MLB 14 14 2 15 0 12 7.5 15
44 Garry Lyle 26 14 3 1 5 0 5 5.0 5
Team Total 26.3 14 36 262 0 43 7.3 59 1325 0 41 22.5 5315
Opp Total 14 31 172 0 5.5 32 817 1 25.5

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
88 Bobby Joe Green 35 P 14 0 77 3095 60 0 40.2
83 Mac Percival 31 K 14 0 6 4 3 1 11 5 11 5 2 33 15 45.5%% 18 18 100.0%%
51 Dick Butkus* 29 MLB 14 14 1 1 100.0%%
10 Bobby Douglass 24 QB 12 7 1 1 100.0%%
Team Total 26.3 14 6 4 3 1 11 5 11 5 2 33 15 45.5%% 20 20 100.0%% 77 3095 60 0 40.2
Opp Total 14 41 24 58.5%% 29 28 96.6%% 67 2693 40.2

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
48 Ron Smith 28 PR/SS 14 14 3 48 0 27 0 0 6 4 0 0
51 Dick Butkus* 29 MLB 14 14 4 9 0 9 0 0 0 3 0 0
32 Charlie Ford 23 LCB 14 14 5 46 0 24 0 0 1 1 0 0
31 Ross Brupbacher 23 RLB 14 14 2 34 0 34 0 0 1 3 49 1
10 Bobby Douglass 24 QB 12 7 0 4 0 0 0
16 Kent Nix 27 qb 8 4 0 3 1 -6 0
20 Joe Taylor 32 RCB 13 12 3 69 0 39 0 0 0 1 0 0
55 Doug Buffone 27 LLB 14 14 2 27 0 18 0 0 0 1 0 0
33 Jim Grabowski 27 FB 12 9 0 3 0 0 0
61 Glen Holloway 23 LG 14 14 0 0 3 1 0
71 Tony McGee 22 de 14 4 0 0 3 0 0
24 Don Shy 26 RB 11 9 0 3 0 0 0
52 Rich Coady 27 C 14 14 0 1 1 -17 0
30 Jimmy Gunn 23 14 0 1 5 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
85 Willie Holman 26 LDE 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
44 Garry Lyle 26 14 3 1 29 0 29 0 0 0 1 0 0
18 Jerry Moore 22 FS 11 11 0 0 2 11 0
49 Joe Moore 22 9 1 0 2 0 0 0
21 Cecil Turner 27 KR 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
11 Jack Concannon 28 qb 3 3 0 1 0 0 0
43 George Farmer 23 WR 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
88 Bobby Joe Green 35 P 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
29 Bob Jeter 34 9 2 1 0 0 0 0
87 Ed O'Bradovich 31 RDE 14 14 0 0 1 1 0
67 George Seals 29 LDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 1
76 Bill Staley 25 RDT 11 10 0 0 1 0 0
82 Earl Thomas 23 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
34 Bill Tucker 28 14 4 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.3 14 22 267 0 39 0 0 28 33 39 2
Opp Total 14 49 36 13 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
83 Mac Percival 31 K 14 0 18 15 63
43 George Farmer 23 WR 14 14 5 5 30
45 Dick Gordon* 27 WR 13 12 5 5 30
10 Bobby Douglass 24 QB 12 7 3 3 1 19
24 Don Shy 26 RB 11 9 2 2 12
89 Bob Wallace 26 TE 14 14 2 2 12
31 Ross Brupbacher 23 RLB 14 14 1 1 6
22 Cyril Pinder 25 12 3 1 1 6
67 George Seals 29 LDT 14 14 1 1 6
51 Dick Butkus* 29 MLB 14 14 1 1
Team Total 26.3 14 6 12 2 20 20 15 185
Opp Total 14 14 12 1 1 1 28 24 1 276

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 PIT W, 17-15 4 30 fumble Ross Brupbacher 30 yard fumble return (Mac Percival kick)
2 1971-09-19 PIT W, 17-15 4 8 pass George Farmer 8 yard pass from Kent Nix (Mac Percival kick)
3 1971-09-26 @ MIN W, 20-17 4 36 pass Dick Gordon 36 yard pass from Kent Nix (Mac Percival kick)
4 1971-09-26 @ MIN W, 20-17 4 19 pass Dick Gordon 19 yard pass from Kent Nix (Mac Percival kick)
5 1971-10-10 NOR W, 35-14 1 25 pass Bob Wallace 25 yard pass from Kent Nix (Mac Percival kick)
6 1971-10-10 NOR W, 35-14 2 35 pass Dick Gordon 35 yard pass from Kent Nix (Mac Percival kick)
7 1971-10-10 NOR W, 35-14 2 23 pass George Farmer 23 yard pass from Don Shy (Mac Percival kick)
8 1971-10-10 NOR W, 35-14 2 1 rush Don Shy 1 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
9 1971-10-10 NOR W, 35-14 2 0 fumble George Seals 0 yard fumble return (Mac Percival kick)
10 1971-10-24 @ DET W, 28-23 1 21 rush Don Shy 21 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
11 1971-10-24 @ DET W, 28-23 2 54 pass George Farmer 54 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)
12 1971-10-24 @ DET W, 28-23 2 15 pass Bob Wallace 15 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)
13 1971-10-24 @ DET W, 28-23 4 1 rush Bobby Douglass 1 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
14 1971-10-31 DAL W, 23-19 1 9 rush Bobby Douglass 9 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
15 1971-10-31 DAL W, 23-19 4 28 pass Dick Gordon 28 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Bobby Douglass run)
16 1971-11-07 GNB L, 14-17 4 30 pass George Farmer 30 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)
17 1971-11-07 GNB L, 14-17 4 1 rush Bobby Douglass 1 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
18 1971-11-14 WAS W, 16-15 4 40 rush Cyril Pinder 40 yard rush (Dick Butkus pass from Bobby Douglass)
19 1971-12-12 @ GNB L, 10-31 1 31 pass George Farmer 31 yard pass from Kent Nix (Mac Percival kick)
20 1971-12-19 MIN L, 10-27 3 6 pass Dick Gordon 6 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 PIT L, 15-17 2 0 fumble Preston Pearson 0 yard fumble return
2 1971-09-26 @ MIN L, 17-20 2 4 pass Bob Grim 4 yard pass from Gary Cuozzo (Fred Cox kick)
3 1971-09-26 @ MIN L, 17-20 3 52 pass Bob Grim 52 yard pass from Gary Cuozzo (Fred Cox kick)
4 1971-10-03 @ RAM W, 17-3 1 6 rush Les Josephson 6 yard rush (David Ray kick)
5 1971-10-03 @ RAM W, 17-3 4 50 rush Lance Rentzel 50 yard rush (David Ray kick)
6 1971-10-10 NOR L, 14-35 2 1 rush James Ford 1 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
7 1971-10-10 NOR L, 14-35 4 11 rush Hoyle Granger 11 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
8 1971-10-17 @ SFO W, 13-0 4 12 pass Gene Washington 12 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
9 1971-10-24 @ DET L, 23-28 2 102 kickoff Ron Jessie 102 yard kickoff return (Errol Mann kick)
10 1971-10-24 @ DET L, 23-28 2 16 pass Larry Walton 16 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
11 1971-10-31 DAL L, 19-23 1 3 rush Duane Thomas 3 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
12 1971-10-31 DAL L, 19-23 4 45 pass Gloster Richardson 45 yard pass from Craig Morton (Mike Clark kick)
13 1971-11-07 GNB W, 17-14 2 31 pass Carroll Dale 31 yard pass from Scott Hunter (Lou Michaels kick)
14 1971-11-07 GNB W, 17-14 2 7 rush John Brockington 7 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
15 1971-11-21 DET W, 28-3 1 2 rush Steve Owens 2 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
16 1971-11-21 DET W, 28-3 2 19 rush Altie Taylor 19 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
17 1971-11-21 DET W, 28-3 2 27 interception Mike Lucci 27 yard interception return (Errol Mann kick)
18 1971-11-21 DET W, 28-3 3 1 rush Steve Owens 1 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
19 1971-11-29 @ MIA W, 34-3 1 2 rush Larry Csonka 2 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
20 1971-11-29 @ MIA W, 34-3 2 6 pass Marv Fleming 6 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
21 1971-11-29 @ MIA W, 34-3 3 10 pass Larry Csonka 10 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
22 1971-11-29 @ MIA W, 34-3 4 13 pass Otto Stowe 13 yard pass from George Mira (Garo Yepremian kick)
23 1971-12-12 @ GNB W, 31-10 1 77 pass Carroll Dale 77 yard pass from Scott Hunter (Tim Webster kick)
24 1971-12-12 @ GNB W, 31-10 3 6 rush John Brockington 6 yard rush (Tim Webster kick)
25 1971-12-12 @ GNB W, 31-10 3 1 rush Scott Hunter 1 yard rush (Tim Webster kick)
26 1971-12-12 @ GNB W, 31-10 4 1 rush Bart Starr 1 yard rush (Tim Webster kick)
27 1971-12-19 MIN W, 27-10 1 1 rush Dave Osborn 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
28 1971-12-19 MIN W, 27-10 2 6 pass Bob Grim 6 yard pass from Bob Lee (Fred Cox kick)
29 1971-12-19 MIN W, 27-10 3 40 pass Bob Grim 40 yard pass from Bob Lee (Fred Cox kick)