1963 Chicago Bears season
|1963 Chicago Bears season|
|Head coach||George Halas|
|General manager||George Halas, Jr.|
|Home field||Wrigley Field|
|Division place||1st Western|
|Playoff finish||Won NFL Championship|
The George Halas.
1963 would be the Bears' last NFL Championship until 1985. The Bears' defense became the third defense in the history of the NFL to lead the league in fewest rushing yards, fewest passing yards and fewest total yards; the defense also allowed only 144 points, formerly an NFL record.
- NFL Draft 1.1
Regular season 2
- Schedule 2.1
Game summaries 2.2
- Week 1 2.2.1
- Week 2 2.2.2
- Week 3 2.2.3
- Week 4 2.2.4
- Week 5 2.2.5
- Standings 2.3
- NFL Championship Game 3
- References 4
|1963 Chicago Bears draft|
|1||11||Dave Behrman||C||Michigan State||Pick from trade with PIT|
|2||20||Steve Barnett||T||Oregon||Pick from trade with DAL|
|2||25||Bob Jencks||E||Miami (OH)|
|4||49||Stan Sanders||E||Whittier||Pick from trade with SF|
|4||52||Charley Mitchell||HB||Washington||Pick from trade with PIT|
|6||80||John Johnson||T||Indiana||Pick from trade with PIT|
|6||81||Dave Mathieson||QB||Washington State|
|8||109||Dennis Harmon||DB||Southern Illinois|
|9||118||Monte Day||T||Fresno State||Pick from trade with DAL|
|9||122||Dave Watson||LB||Georgia Tech|
|10||137||Ed Hoerster||LB||Notre Dame|
|11||150||James Tullis||DB||Florida A&M|
|12||165||Dick Drummond||B||George Washington|
|13||178||John Szumcyk||B||Trinity (CT)|
|15||206||Bob Dentel||C/LB||Miami (FL)|
|16||221||Lowell Caylor||DB||Miami (OH)|
|17||234||John Sisk||B||Miami (FL)|
|Pro Football Hall of Fame Made at least one Pro Bowl during careerMade roster|
|1||September 15, 1963||at Green Bay Packers||W 10–3||City Stadium||1–0||42,327|
|2||September 22, 1963||at Minnesota Vikings||W 28–7||Metropolitan Stadium||2–0||33,923|
|3||September 29, 1963||at Detroit Lions||W 37–21||Tiger Stadium||3–0||55,400|
|4||October 6, 1963||Baltimore Colts||W 10–3||Wrigley Field||4–0||48,998|
|5||October 13, 1963||at Los Angeles Rams||W 52–14||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||5–0||40,476|
|6||October 20, 1963||at San Francisco 49ers||L 20–14||Kezar Stadium||5–1||35,837|
|7||October 27, 1963||Philadelphia Eagles||W 16–7||Wrigley Field||6–1||48,514|
|8||November 3, 1963||at Baltimore Colts||W 17–7||Memorial Stadium||7–1||60,065|
|9||November 10, 1963||Los Angeles Rams||W 6–0||Wrigley Field||8–1||48,312|
|10||November 17, 1963||Green Bay Packers||W 26–7||Wrigley Field||9–1||49,166|
|11||November 24, 1963||at Pittsburgh Steelers||T 17–17||Forbes Field||9–1–1||36,465|
|12||December 1, 1963||Minnesota Vikings||T 17–17||Wrigley Field||9–1–2||47,249|
|13||December 8, 1963||San Francisco 49ers||W 27–7||Wrigley Field||10–1–2||46,994|
|14||December 15, 1963||Detroit Lions||W 24–14||Wrigley Field||11–1–2||45,317|
- Mike Ditka 8 Rec, 124 Yds
- Mike Ditka 9 Rec, 110 Yds
|Green Bay Packers||11||2||1||.846||369||206||W-2|
|Los Angeles Rams||5||9||0||.357||210||350||L-2|
|San Francisco 49ers||2||12||0||.143||198||391||L-5|
NFL Championship Game
The Giants opened the scoring in the first quarter when Y. A. Tittle led New York on an 83-yard drive that was capped off by a 14-yard touchdown pass to Frank Gifford. The drive was set up by Billy Wade's fumble deep in the Giants territory, which was recovered by former Bear Erich Barnes. However, later in the first period, Tittle suffered an injury to his left knee when Larry Morris hit him during his throwing motion. For the rest of the game, Tittle would never be the same. Morris then intercepted Tittle's screen pass and returned the ball 61 yards to the Giants 6-yard line. Two plays later, Wade scored a touchdown on a two-yard quarterback sneak to tie the game at 7.
In the second quarter, the Giants retook the lead, 10–7, on a 13-yard field goal. But on New York's next drive, Tittle re-injured his left knee on another hit by Morris. With Tittle out for two possessions, the Giants struggled, only able to advance 2 yards in 7 plays. Allie Sherman even punted on third down, showing no confidence in backup Glynn Griffing. However, the score remained 10–7 at halftime.
Tittle came back in the third period, but he needed
- NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 978-1-932994-36-0)
- 1963 season in details
- The Best Show in Football:The 1946–1955 Cleveland Browns, p.294, Andy Piascik, Taylor Trade Publishing, 2007, ISBN 978-1-58979-360-6
- "Happy Birthday George Halas".
- The List: Best NFL defense of all-time, 2007
- 1963 Draft at Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2013-Dec-08.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Nov-30.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Dec-04.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Dec-06.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Dec-08.
- Coppock, Chet (December 27, 2013). "Bears defeat Giants 14–10 for 1963 championship".