1951 Chicago Bears season
OwnerGeorge Halas
Head coachGeorge Halas
Home fieldWrigley Field
Results
Record7–5
Division place4th NFL National
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The 1951 season was the Chicago Bears' 32nd in the National Football League. The team failed to improve on their 9–3 record from 1950 and finished at 7–5 under head coach and owner George Halas, fourth in the NFL's National Conference, but only a game behind winner Los Angeles, the eventual league champion. This season was a drop off from theprevious season's tiebreaker playoff appearance.

The Bears lost twice to the crosstown Cardinals, who won just three games.[1][2] The season finale was played in frigid conditions at Wrigley Field and cost the Bears a share of the conference title.[2]

Regular season

Main article: 1951 NFL season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 30 at Green Bay Packers W 31–20
24,666
2 October 7 at Chicago Cardinals L 14–28
33,781
3 October 14 New York Yanks W 24–21
37,697
4 October 21 San Francisco 49ers W 13–7
42,296
5 October 28 at Detroit Lions W 28–23
34,778
6 November 4 at Washington Redskins W 27–0
21,737
7 November 11 Detroit Lions L 28–41
43,709
8 November 18 Green Bay Packers W 24–13
36,771
9 November 25 at Cleveland Browns L 21–42
40,969
10 December 2 Los Angeles Rams L 17–42
50,286
11 December 9 at New York Yanks W 45–21
13,075
12 December 16 Chicago Cardinals L 14–24
15,085

Game summaries

Week 1

1 234Total
• Bears 10 777 31
Packers 0 677 20

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Standings

NFL National Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Los Angeles Rams 8 4 0 .667 7–2 392 261 W1
San Francisco 49ers 7 4 1 .636 5–2–1 255 205 W3
Detroit Lions 7 4 1 .636 5–4–1 336 259 L1
Chicago Bears 7 5 0 .583 6–2 286 282 L1
Green Bay Packers 3 9 0 .250 1–8 254 375 L7
New York Yanks 1 9 2 .100 1–7–2 241 382 L2

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

References

  1. ^ "Cards upset Bears with 28-14 victory". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. October 8, 1951. p. 7, part 2.
  2. ^ a b Liska, Jerry (December 17, 1951). "Cards rip Bears, 24-14, on Trippi's passes". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. p. 5, part 2.
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Aug-20.