Bears finish season with 37-7 playoff loss at Dallas, but set 28 team records and play before a home record 401,513 fans in seven Soldier Field dates.
Lake Forest College campus.
Massive heart attack claims George 'Mugs' Halas at 54. Bears route St. Louis 42-6 and Dallas tips Washington 35-34. The combination sends 10-6 Bears to the playoffs, where they lose at Philadelphia, 27-17.
David Williams takes Thanksgiving Day overtime kickoff at Detroit 95 yards for TD in fastest OT in NFL history (21 seconds).
Bears whip Packers 61-7 at Soldier Field, equaling club record for points and setting records for first downs (33) and completion percentage (83.3%, 20 of 24). Vince Evans throws for 316-most by a Bear in 10 years.
Mike Ditka, assistant offensive coach of the Dallas Cowboys, becomes head coach.
Jim Finks resigns as General Manager after nine seasons. George Halas names Jerry Vainisi as the club's General Manager.
Bears' founder and owner, George Halas, dies at the age of 88.
Michael B. McCaskey becomes the third president in franchise history.
Walter Payton breaks Jim Brown's rushing record with a third quarter six-yard run against New Orleans at Soldier Field. He finishes the day with 32 carries for 154 yards.