1977 Chicago Bears season
The 1977 Chicago Bears season was their 58th regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 9–5 record, which was their first winning season since 1967 and earned them a wild card spot against the Dallas Cowboys, who eventually beat the Bears en route to a Super Bowl victory. This was their first postseason appearance since winning the 1963 championship. They secured this by winning their last six games, including among others the last of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ record run of twenty-six losses.
|1977 Chicago Bears season|
|Head coach||Jack Pardee|
|General manager||Jim Finks|
|Home field||Soldier Field|
|Division place||2nd NFC Central|
|Playoff finish||Lost NFC Divisional (Dallas) 37-7|
Walter Payton was the star of the team as he led the entire NFL in rushing (1,852 yards), 275 of those 1,852 came on a November 20 game against their division rivals the Minnesota Vikings and he did it despite coming down with the flu and a dark rainy day at Soldier Field.
A week after the Dallas playoff loss, Coach Pardee stunned the team by resigning to take the head coaching position of the Washington Redskins (George Allen having been fired after the Redskins were eliminated from the playoffs by a Bears overtime victory over the New York Giants in the last game of the regular season).
|1977 Chicago Bears final roster|
|1||September 18, 1977||Detroit Lions||W 30–20|
|2||September 25, 1977||at St. Louis Cardinals||L 13–16|
|3||October 2, 1977||New Orleans Saints||L 24–42|
|4||October 10, 1977||Los Angeles Rams||W 24–23|
|5||October 16, 1977||at Minnesota Vikings||L 16–22|
|6||October 23, 1977||Atlanta Falcons||L 10–16|
|7||October 30, 1977||at Green Bay Packers||W 26–0|
|8||November 6, 1977||at Houston Oilers||L 0–47|
|9||November 13, 1977||Kansas City Chiefs||W 28–27|
|10||November 20, 1977||Minnesota Vikings||W 10–7|
|11||November 24, 1977||at Detroit Lions||W 31–14|
|12||December 4, 1977||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 10–0|
|13||December 11, 1977||Green Bay Packers||W 21–10|
|14||December 18, 1977||at New York Giants||W 12–9 (OT)|
|Divisional||December 26, 1977||at Dallas Cowboys||L 7–37|
- Date: Sunday, November 20
- Game time: 12:00 p.m.
- Game weather: 48°F, wind 21 mph
- Game attendance: 49,563
- Walter Payton 20 Rush, 137 Yds, 4 Rec, 107 Yds
|Green Bay Packers||4||10||0||.286||2–5||4–7||134||219||W1|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||12||0||.143||0–4||2–11||103||223||W2|
NFC Divisional PlayoffEdit
Safety Charlie Waters led the Cowboys to a 37–7 victory by setting an NFL playoff record of 3 interceptions. Dallas built a 17–0 halftime lead, with the aid of running back Doug Dennison’s 2-yard touchdown run and quarterback Roger Staubach’s 28-yard scoring pass to tight end Billy Joe Dupree. In the second half, running back Tony Dorsett recorded two rushing touchdowns and Efren Herrera added two more field goals. The Bears were limited to 224 total yards and did not score until the fourth quarter when the game was already out of reach.