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1977 Chicago Bears

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9-5-0, Finished 2nd in NFC Central Division  · 1977 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.6, Offense: 0.0, Defense: -3.6, SoS: -3.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 255 points (18.2/g), 13th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 253 points (18.1/g), 19th.
 Differential of 2 points (0.1/g), 16th.  Expected W-L: 7.1-6.9.

Coach: Jack Pardee (9-5-0)

Stadium: Soldier Field
 Training Camp: Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, Illinois)

Team Info

Principal Owner George Halas
Executive VP/General Manager Jim Finks
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 255 4655 930 5.0 35 17 12 247 161 305 1844 11 18 5.6 94 599 2811 18 4.7 141
Team Defense 253 4285 948 4.5 31 13 11 241 182 377 2127 7 18 5.3 106 544 2158 14 4.0 124
Lg Rank Offense 13 3 15 20 10 25 21 20 11 12 4 1 6 1
Lg Rank Defense 19 22 19 16 17 22 19 1 20 17 19 20 18 18

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 18 boxscore W 1-0 Detroit Lions 30 20 16 300 40 260 20 363 195 168 1
2 Sun September 25 boxscore L 1-1 @ St. Louis Cardinals 13 16 18 285 184 101 2 17 348 215 133 4
3 Sun October 2 boxscore L 1-2 New Orleans Saints 24 42 19 415 218 197 3 18 314 168 146
4 Mon October 10 boxscore W 2-2 Los Angeles Rams 24 23 14 431 231 200 4 22 416 239 177 4
5 Sun October 16 boxscore L OT 2-3 @ Minnesota Vikings 16 22 17 303 133 170 2 22 396 201 195 2
6 Sun October 23 boxscore L 2-4 Atlanta Falcons 10 16 17 249 131 118 5 11 217 90 127
7 Sun October 30 boxscore W 3-4 @ Green Bay Packers 26 0 21 419 44 375 1 17 197 96 101 1
8 Sun November 6 boxscore L 3-5 @ Houston Oilers 0 47 10 125 -16 141 2 19 489 234 255 3
9 Sun November 13 boxscore W 4-5 Kansas City Chiefs 28 27 24 431 184 247 3 24 358 184 174 3
10 Sun November 20 boxscore W 5-5 Minnesota Vikings 10 7 18 366 23 343 2 11 188 102 86 4
11 Thu November 24 boxscore W 6-5 @ Detroit Lions 31 14 18 425 253 172 5 15 218 150 68 3
12 Sun December 4 boxscore W 7-5 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 0 17 274 133 141 1 9 135 21 114 2
13 Sun December 11 boxscore W 8-5 Green Bay Packers 21 10 25 348 114 234 3 16 276 115 161 1
14 Sun December 18 boxscore W OT 9-5 @ New York Giants 12 9 13 284 172 112 2 20 370 117 253 3
Playoffs
Division Mon December 26 boxscore L 9-6 @ Dallas Cowboys 7 37 15 224 143 81 7 20 365 132 233 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
7 Bob Avellini 24 QB 14 14 9-5-0 154 293 52.6% 2004 11 3.8 18 6.1 75 6.8 4.8 13.0 143.1 61.3 23 200 5.71 3.84 7.3 3 4
15 Mike Phipps 30 3 0 3 5 60.0% 5 0 0.0 0 0.0 10 1.0 1.0 1.7 1.7 64.6 3 26 -2.63 -2.63 37.5
86 Bob Parsons 27 P 14 0 4 4 100.0% 61 0 0.0 0 0.0 32 15.3 15.3 15.3 4.4 118.7 0 0 15.25 15.25 0.0
35 Roland Harper 24 FB 11 10 0 2 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
84 Brian Baschnagel 23 KR 10 4 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 25.4 14 9-5-0 161 305 52.8% 2070 11 3.6 18 5.9 75 6.8 4.9 12.9 147.9 61.8 26 226 5.57 3.79 7.9 3 4
Opp Total 14 182 377 48.3% 2334 7 1.9 18 4.8 6.2 4.41 12.8 166.7 54.4 27 207 5.3 3.6 6.7

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
34 Walter Payton*+ 24 RB 14 14 339 1852 14 73 5.5 132.3 24.2 27 269 10.0 2 75 1.9 19.2 2121 16 11
35 Roland Harper 24 FB 11 10 120 457 0 19 3.8 41.5 10.9 19 142 7.5 0 34 1.7 12.9 599 0 1
39 Robin Earl 22 te 14 3 56 233 1 34 4.2 16.6 4.0 6 32 5.3 0 20 0.4 2.3 265 1 1
22 Johnny Musso 27 14 1 37 132 2 13 3.6 9.4 2.6 3 13 4.3 0 21 0.2 0.9 145 2 0
7 Bob Avellini 24 QB 14 14 37 109 1 21 2.9 7.8 2.6 109 1 8
25 Art Best 24 14 0 6 20 0 6 3.3 1.4 0.4 20 0 2
80 Bo Rather 27 WR 13 9 2 8 0 10 4.0 0.6 0.2 17 294 17.3 2 42 1.3 22.6 302 2 1
84 Brian Baschnagel 23 KR 10 4 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 4 50 12.5 0 25 0.4 5.0 50 0 1
8 Vince Evans 22 7 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 3
89 James Scott 25 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 50 809 16.2 3 72 3.6 57.8 809 3 1
88 Greg Latta 25 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 26 335 12.9 4 37 1.9 23.9 335 4 0
85 Steve Schubert 26 PR 13 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 119 14.9 0 32 0.6 9.2 119 0 4
83 Steve Rivera 23 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 7 7.0 0 7 0.3 2.3 7 0 0
Team Total 25.4 14 599 2811 18 73 4.7 200.8 42.8 161 2070 12.9 11 75 11.5 147.9 4881 29 36
Opp Total 14 544 2158 14 4.0 154.1 38.9 182 2127 11.7 7 13.0 151.9 4285 21 27

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
85 Steve Schubert 26 PR 13 1 31 291 1 70 9.4 410
84 Brian Baschnagel 23 KR 10 4 3 54 0 42 18.0 23 557 1 84 24.2 661
8 Vince Evans 22 7 0 13 253 0 30 19.5 253
23 Len Walterscheid 23 14 0 6 59 0 18 9.8 3 59 0 37 19.7 118
25 Art Best 24 14 0 6 127 0 29 21.2 147
24 Virgil Livers 25 RCB 14 14 6 46 0 21 7.7 46
22 Johnny Musso 27 14 1 5 100 0 33 20.0 245
35 Roland Harper 24 FB 11 10 3 44 0 22 14.7 643
39 Robin Earl 22 te 14 3 2 38 0 23 19.0 303
34 Walter Payton*+ 24 RB 14 14 2 95 0 68 47.5 2216
46 Doug Plank 24 FS 11 11 1 21 0 21 21.0 21
Team Total 25.4 14 47 471 1 70 10.0 57 1273 1 84 22.3 6625
Opp Total 14 42 216 0 5.1 52 1010 1 19.4

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
86 Bob Parsons 27 P 14 0 80 3232 58 2 40.4
16 Bob Thomas 25 K 14 0 9 6 10 6 5 2 2 27 14 51.9%% 30 27 90.0%%
Team Total 25.4 14 9 6 10 6 5 2 2 27 14 51.9%% 30 27 90.0%% 80 3232 58 2 40.4
Opp Total 14 29 21 72.4%% 26 26 100.0%% 93 3636 39.1

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
34 Walter Payton*+ 24 RB 14 14 0 11 5 0 0
7 Bob Avellini 24 QB 14 14 0 8 3 -17 0
48 Allan Ellis* 26 LCB 14 14 6 23 0 11 0
85 Steve Schubert 26 PR 13 1 0 4 2 0 0
8 Vince Evans 22 7 0 0 3 2 0 0
45 Gary Fencik 23 SS 14 14 4 33 0 23 0
24 Virgil Livers 25 RCB 14 14 2 29 0 29 0 0 1 1 0 0
46 Doug Plank 24 FS 11 11 4 32 0 20 0
39 Robin Earl 22 te 14 3 0 1 2 5 0
73 Mike Hartenstine 24 LDE 14 11 0 0 3 0 0
84 Brian Baschnagel 23 KR 10 4 0 1 1 -9 0
25 Art Best 24 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
50 Waymond Bryant 25 RLB 13 12 0 0 2 0 0
80 Bo Rather 27 WR 13 9 0 1 1 0 0
23 Len Walterscheid 23 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
55 Doug Buffone 33 LLB 13 11 1 12 0 12 0
59 Gary Campbell 25 lb 14 2 0 0 1 0 0
35 Roland Harper 24 FB 11 10 0 1 0 0 0
54 Tom Hicks 25 MLB 12 5 1 9 0 9 0
70 Dennis Lick 23 RT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
22 Johnny Musso 27 14 1 0 0 1 0 0
87 Billy Newsome 29 RDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
57 Don Rives 26 14 9 0 0 1 0 0
76 Ron Rydalch 25 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
89 James Scott 25 WR 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
75 Jeff Sevy 27 t 12 2 0 0 1 0 0
69 Revie Sorey 24 RG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
71 Roger Stillwell 26 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.4 14 18 138 0 29 0 0 36 31 -21 0
Opp Total 14 26 27 14 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
34 Walter Payton*+ 24 RB 14 14 14 2 16 96
16 Bob Thomas 25 K 14 0 27 14 69
88 Greg Latta 25 TE 14 14 4 4 24
89 James Scott 25 WR 14 14 3 3 18
22 Johnny Musso 27 14 1 2 2 12
80 Bo Rather 27 WR 13 9 2 2 12
7 Bob Avellini 24 QB 14 14 1 1 6
84 Brian Baschnagel 23 KR 10 4 1 1 6
39 Robin Earl 22 te 14 3 1 1 6
85 Steve Schubert 26 PR 13 1 1 1 6
Team Total 25.4 14 18 11 1 1 31 27 14 255
Opp Total 14 14 7 1 3 1 26 21 1 253

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1977-09-18 DET W, 30-20 1 2 rush Johnny Musso 2 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
2 1977-09-18 DET W, 30-20 2 70 punt Steve Schubert 70 yard punt return (Bob Thomas kick)
3 1977-09-18 DET W, 30-20 2 3 rush Walter Payton 3 yard rush
4 1977-09-18 DET W, 30-20 2 2 rush Walter Payton 2 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
5 1977-09-25 @ STL L, 13-16 4 10 pass Greg Latta 10 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)
6 1977-10-02 NOR L, 24-42 1 33 pass Walter Payton 33 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)
7 1977-10-02 NOR L, 24-42 4 21 rush Walter Payton 21 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
8 1977-10-02 NOR L, 24-42 4 1 rush Walter Payton 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
9 1977-10-10 RAM W, 24-23 1 70 pass James Scott 70 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)
10 1977-10-10 RAM W, 24-23 2 72 pass James Scott 72 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)
11 1977-10-10 RAM W, 24-23 4 29 pass Greg Latta 29 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)
12 1977-10-16 @ MIN L, 16-22 2 9 pass Bo Rather 9 yard pass from Bob Avellini
13 1977-10-16 @ MIN L, 16-22 3 2 pass Greg Latta 2 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)
14 1977-10-23 ATL L, 10-16 4 84 kickoff Brian Baschnagel 84 yard kickoff return (Bob Thomas kick)
15 1977-10-30 @ GNB W, 26-0 1 3 rush Johnny Musso 3 yard rush (run failed)
16 1977-10-30 @ GNB W, 26-0 1 6 rush Walter Payton 6 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
17 1977-10-30 @ GNB W, 26-0 4 1 rush Walter Payton 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
18 1977-11-13 KAN W, 28-27 3 1 rush Walter Payton 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
19 1977-11-13 KAN W, 28-27 4 1 rush Walter Payton 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
20 1977-11-13 KAN W, 28-27 4 15 rush Walter Payton 15 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
21 1977-11-13 KAN W, 28-27 4 37 pass Greg Latta 37 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)
22 1977-11-20 MIN W, 10-7 2 1 rush Walter Payton 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
23 1977-11-24 @ DET W, 31-14 3 42 pass Bo Rather 42 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)
24 1977-11-24 @ DET W, 31-14 3 75 pass Walter Payton 75 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)
25 1977-11-24 @ DET W, 31-14 4 1 rush Bob Avellini 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
26 1977-11-24 @ DET W, 31-14 4 8 rush Walter Payton 8 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
27 1977-12-04 @ TAM W, 10-0 4 3 rush Walter Payton 3 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
28 1977-12-11 GNB W, 21-10 1 11 pass James Scott 11 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)
29 1977-12-11 GNB W, 21-10 2 1 rush Walter Payton 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
30 1977-12-11 GNB W, 21-10 4 7 rush Walter Payton 7 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
31 1977-12-18 @ NYG W, 12-9 4 4 rush Robin Earl 4 yard rush

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1977-09-18 DET L, 20-30 1 1 rush Dexter Bussey 1 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
2 1977-09-18 DET L, 20-30 4 5 rush Dexter Bussey 5 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
3 1977-09-25 @ STL W, 16-13 2 17 pass J.V. Cain 17 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
4 1977-10-02 NOR W, 42-24 1 8 rush Archie Manning 8 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
5 1977-10-02 NOR W, 42-24 2 2 rush Archie Manning 2 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
6 1977-10-02 NOR W, 42-24 2 35 pass Chuck Muncie 35 yard pass from Archie Manning (Rich Szaro kick)
7 1977-10-02 NOR W, 42-24 3 11 rush Archie Manning 11 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
8 1977-10-02 NOR W, 42-24 4 52 fumble Bob Pollard 52 yard fumble return (Rich Szaro kick)
9 1977-10-02 NOR W, 42-24 4 57 interception Jim Merlo 57 yard interception return (Rich Szaro kick)
10 1977-10-10 RAM L, 23-24 1 2 rush Lawrence McCutcheon 2 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
11 1977-10-10 RAM L, 23-24 4 26 pass Dwight Scales 26 yard pass from Pat Haden (Rafael Septien kick)
12 1977-10-16 @ MIN W, 22-16 1 2 rush Chuck Foreman 2 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
13 1977-10-16 @ MIN W, 22-16 5 11 pass Stu Voigt 11 yard pass from Paul Krause
14 1977-10-23 ATL W, 16-10 4 2 rush Haskel Stanback 2 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
15 1977-11-06 @ HOU W, 47-0 2 85 pass Ken Burrough 85 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
16 1977-11-06 @ HOU W, 47-0 2 61 rush Billy Johnson 61 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
17 1977-11-06 @ HOU W, 47-0 3 1 rush Don Hardeman 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
18 1977-11-06 @ HOU W, 47-0 3 43 pass Ken Burrough 43 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
19 1977-11-06 @ HOU W, 47-0 4 34 fumble Gregg Bingham 34 yard fumble return (Toni Fritsch kick)
20 1977-11-06 @ HOU W, 47-0 4 75 kickoff Billy Johnson 75 yard kickoff return (Toni Fritsch kick)
21 1977-11-13 KAN L, 27-28 1 1 rush Mike Livingston 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
22 1977-11-13 KAN L, 27-28 1 1 rush Ed Podolak 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
23 1977-11-13 KAN L, 27-28 4 14 rush Ed Podolak 14 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
24 1977-11-20 MIN L, 7-10 3 10 blocked punt Matt Blair 10 yard blocked punt return (Fred Cox kick)
25 1977-11-24 @ DET L, 14-31 2 16 pass David Hill 16 yard pass from Greg Landry (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
26 1977-11-24 @ DET L, 14-31 4 52 fumble Ed O'Neil 52 yard fumble return (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
27 1977-12-11 GNB L, 10-21 2 1 rush Barty Smith 1 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)