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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 Penalties
PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy
Team Stats 185 3336 857 3.9 46 18 189 186 443 1902 12 28 3.9 99 365 1434 6 3.9 75 78 746 15
Opp. Stats 276 4520 899 5.0 45 23 234 192 362 2404 12 22 6.2 117 509 2116 14 4.2 99 78 819 18
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

Score Offense Defense
Week 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. 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 Yds 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. 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. 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 5354
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. 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. Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk 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 36 13 49 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts Pts/G
83 Mac Percival 31 K 14 0 18 18 15 33 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 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 1
Team Total 26.3 14 6 12 2 20 20 20 15 33 185
Opp Total 14 14 12 1 1 1 28 29 24 41 1 276

Touchdown Log

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