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The 1965 Chicago Bears season was their 46th regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 9–5 record, earning them a third-place finish in the NFL Western Conference. The club improved over the dismal 5–9 record of the previous season.

1965 Chicago Bears season
Head coachGeorge Halas
General managerGeorge Halas
OwnerGeorge Halas
Home fieldWrigley Field
Results
Record9–5
Division place3rd Western
Playoff finishdid not qualify

They started the season 0–3, but thanks to rookies Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus, the team won 9 of the last 11 games. Sayers had a magnificent rookie season, and in one game against the San Francisco 49ers at Chicago's Wrigley Field on December 12, he scored six touchdowns in a 61–20 Bears win, the first time the Bears scored 61 points in a regular season game.[1] Sayers would set an NFL rookie record with 22 touchdowns in one season.[2] The six-touchdown performance tied an NFL record and set a new Bears record.[3]

The 1965 Bears draft class was named No. 8 on NFL Top 10 draft classes.[4]

RosterEdit

1965 Chicago Bears final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
53 Active, 5 Inactive, 5 Practice squad

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Kickoff Date Opponent Result Record Game Site TV NFL.com Recap
1 September 19 San Francisco 49ers L 24–52 0–1 Kezar Stadium N/A
2 September 26 Los Angeles Rams L 28–30 0–2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum N/A
3 October 3 Green Bay Packers L 14–23 0–3 Lambeau Field N/A
4 October 10 Los Angeles Rams W 31–6 1–3 Wrigley Field N/A
5 October 17 Minnesota Vikings W 45–37 2–3 Metropolitan Stadium N/A
6 October 24 Detroit Lions W 38–10 3–3 Wrigley Field N/A
7 October 31 Green Bay Packers W 31–10 4–3 Wrigley Field N/A
8 November 7 Baltimore Colts L 21–26 4–4 Wrigley Field N/A
9 November 14 St. Louis Cardinals W 34–13 5–4 Wrigley Field N/A
10 November 21 Detroit Lions W 17–10 6–4 Tiger Stadium N/A
11 November 28 New York Giants W 35–14 7–4 Yankee Stadium N/A
12 December 5 Baltimore Colts W 13–0 8–4 Memorial Stadium N/A
13 December 12 San Francisco 49ers W 61–20 9–4 Wrigley Field N/A
14 December 19 Minnesota Vikings L 17–24 9–5 Wrigley Field N/A
All times Eastern


Game summariesEdit

Week 1Edit

1 234Total
Bears 3 0021 24
• 49ers 0 24217 52

[5]

Week 2Edit

1 234Total
Bears 0 14140 28
• Rams 0 6321 30

[6]

Week 3Edit

1 234Total
Bears 0 077 14
• Packers 14 630 23

[7]

Week 4Edit

1 234Total
Rams 0 330 6
• Bears 0 10714 31

[8]

Week 5Edit

1 234Total
• Bears 14 3721 45
Vikings 0 131014 37

[9]

Week 6Edit

1 234Total
Lions 0 307 10
• Bears 10 1477 38
  • Date: October 24
  • Location: Wrigley Field

[10]

Week 7Edit

1 234Total
Packers 7 300 10
Bears 0 1777 31

[11]

Week 8Edit

1 234Total
• Colts 0 10142 26
Bears 0 0714 21
  • Date: November 7
  • Location: Wrigley Field

[12]

Week 9Edit

1 234Total
Cardinals 7 600 13
• Bears 10 0717 34
  • Date: November 14
  • Location: Wrigley Field

[13]

Week 10Edit

1 234Total
• Bears 0 1070 17
Lions 7 300 10

[14]

Week 11Edit

1 234Total
• Bears 7 14014 35
Giants 0 077 14

[15]

Week 12Edit

1 234Total
• Bears 7 330 13
Colts 0 000 0

[16]

Week 13Edit

Week Thirteen: San Francisco 49ers (7–5) at Chicago Bears (8–4)
1 2 34Total
49ers 0 13 0720
Bears 13 14 132161

at Wrigley FieldChicago, Illinois

Gale Sayers Six Touchdown Game

Week 14Edit

1 234Total
• Vikings 0 0321 24
Bears 0 0710 17
  • Date: December 19
  • Location: Wrigley Field

[17]

StandingsEdit

NFL Western Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 10 3 1 .769 8–3–1 316 224 T1
Baltimore Colts 10 3 1 .769 8–3–1 389 284 W1
Chicago Bears 9 5 0 .643 7–5 409 275 L1
San Francisco 49ers 7 6 1 .538 6–5–1 421 402 T1
Minnesota Vikings 7 7 0 .500 5–7 383 403 W2
Detroit Lions 6 7 1 .462 4–7–1 257 295 W1
Los Angeles Rams 4 10 0 .286 2–10 269 328 L1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Awards and recordsEdit

  • Gale Sayers, NFL rookie record, most touchdowns in one season (22)
  • Gale Sayers, NFL record (tied), most touchdowns in one game (6)
  • Gale Sayers, club record, most touchdowns in one game (6)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mayer, Larry (2013-03-06). "Which players were part of trade that landed Cutler?". Chicago Bears. Archived from the original on 2013-03-10. Retrieved 2013-03-09.
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 408
  3. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 106
  4. ^ "NFLs top 10 draft classes in league history". National Football League. Archived from the original on 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
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  17. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-Oct-06.