George Halas and his Chicago Bears entered this ball game with a record of 1-2 and the Baltimore Colts were 2-1. My replay has the mighty Bears at 2-1 and the Colts drastically under performing with a record of 0-3, Baltimore is due a win here on the road in Chicago.
The first drives by both teams ended in punts with nothing to exciting happening until about midway through quarter one. At the 9:52 mark in the first quarter Chicago’s Rudy Bukich took off on a 43 yard scramble only to fumble the football at the 37 of Baltimore. Baltimore’s Bobby Boyd jumped on the football for the Colts, big break for the winless Colts and they will need a few this afternoon. Lenny Moore tried to run inside on Chicago, nothing there. On 2nd and 10, Johnny Unitas dropped back to pass but Chicago sent the blitz and clobbered Unitas from his blindside causing a fumble, which Chicago’s defensive right tackle Dick Evey recovered on the 20 yard line of Baltimore. George Halas calls a trap to Sayers, Gale Sayers but the Colts are keying on him: Sayers … looking for a seam … but there’s nothing there … and he’s brought down for a loss of -2 yards … it’s now 3rd and goal from the Baltimore 11. Don Shula has a blitz on to force Bukich into a quick decision: Rudy Bukich … throws to Jim Jones … AND BALTIMORE PICKS IT OFF !!! … NO … HE DROPPED IT !!! … and the Chicago fans gasp a sigh of relief … … the Bears now face a 4th and 11 from the Baltimore 11. Here comes Roger LeClerc out to attempt a field goal: From the 11 … the football will be spotted at the Baltimore 18 yard line and the Bears are looking at a 18 yard field goal attempt … and Roger LeClerc’s field goal from 18 yards … is twisting … twisting … AND IT’S GOOD !!! … it didn’t look pretty, but it’s GOOD !!! … and that will give the Bears the lead … it’s now 3-0 for Chicago. Quarter one ends with a nice run by Sayers: Gale Sayers carries it … knocked over bowling pins litter the field … OH, HE HAD CLEAR SAILING … BUT LOST HIS FOOTING … a gain of 9 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 1 from the Baltimore 38.
Chicago facing a 3rd and 9 at the 28 of Baltimore: Rudy Bukich evades the pass rush … and throws to Dick Gordon … and it’s incomplete … … Dick Gordon made a leap for it … but it was a good three feet over his head … … the Bears now face a 4th and 9 from the Baltimore 28. From the 28 … the football will be spotted at the Baltimore 35 yard line and the Bears are looking at a 35 yard field goal attempt … … … and here’s Roger LeClerc with the kick … … hooking … … hooking … … AND NO GOOD !! … off to the right … … the Bears fail to widen their lead … the score remains … Chicago 3 … and Baltimore 0 … the Colts will now scrimmage at their 20. Unitas has the Colts on the move, second and 3, Chicago is blitzing Johnny. Unitas throws … Beat the Blitz! … medium slant to Raymond Berry … he goes to his knees and pulls it in … he tries to get up but is downed … at the Chicago 36 yard line … a gain of 17 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Chicago 36. Colts with a 2nd and 11, Unitas sees the blitz by Chicago and audibles to a draw, Tom Matte is the ball carrier … sifting his way through the line … tough-going, but he keeps churning forward … and a Bears defender finally wraps him up … a nice gain of 25 yards … and that will move the chains … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Chicago 12. No pressure on Unitas as he drops back to pass. Johnny Unitas … side-arm throw to Raymond Berry at the Chicago 4 … can’t break the tackle … and is hauled down at the Chicago 1 yard line … a gain of 11 yards … it’s now 1st and goal from the Chicago 1. Fullback Tony Lorick pushes the pile into the endzone as the Baltimore Colts take the lead 7-3 with 8:04 left in half number one. Bears fullback Ronnie Bull gains 6 yards up the gut but we have a fight on the field and flags are flying. The play will stand for Chicago and the referees are marking off another 15 yards against the Colts for unsportsmanlike conduct. Chicago will have to settle for another field goal attempt after the failed 3rd down play: Play-action … Rudy Bukich tosses it to Gale Sayers … and he’s steamrolled at the Baltimore 30 yard line … that’s a small pickup of 5 yards … the Bears now face a 4th and 5 from the Baltimore 30. From the 30 … the football will be spotted at the Baltimore 37 yard line and the Bears are looking at a 37 yard field goal attempt … … … and here’s Roger LeClerc with the kick … … wide left … … NO GOOD !! … … the Bears fail to cut into the lead as the score remains … Baltimore 7 … and Chicago 3 with 4:04 remaining until halftime. Johnny Unitas dropping back … clutches … swing pass for Tom Matte out of the backfield … lots of green grass in front of him … and now he’s downed at the Chicago 38 yard line … a gain of 39 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Chicago 38. Johnny Unitas sets up … tosses it to Raymond Berry at the Chicago 30 … he’s got a little room … … and now tripped up at the Chicago 25 yard line … a fair pick up of 13 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Chicago 25. Johnny Unitas throws … tipped at the line … and caught by Raymond Berry at the Chicago 17 … and he keeps running until pushed out-of-bounds at the Chicago 6 yard line … a pickup of 19 yards … it’s now 1st and goal from the Chicago 6 and we are at the two minute warning. Tom Matte has the ball … chugging through the line … and brought down by the Bears … that’s a pickup of 3 yards … it’s now 2nd and goal from the Chicago 3. Lenny Moore has the ball … and Chicago is all over him … … that will be a loss of -2 yards … it’s now 3rd and goal from the Chicago 5. Unitas has 45 seconds to work with as he walks up to the line, 3rd and 5 for the Colts. Johnny Unitas … throws to John Mackey … and it’s CAUGHT !!! … … NO !!! … … HE’S RULED OUT-OF-BOUNDS … … the Colts now face a 4th and goal to go from the Chicago 5 and will have to settle for three. From the 5 … the football will be spotted at the Chicago 12 yard line and the Colts are looking at a 12 yard field goal attempt … and Lou Michaels’s field goal from 12 yards … … is almost dead center … … IT’S GOOD !! … and that will extend the Colts the lead … it’s now 10-3 for Baltimore. Gale Sayers returns the kickoff 24 yards … to the Chicago 21 yard line. … … and that’s the end of the 1st half … Bears will kick-off to begin the second half.
Johnny Unitas was picked off by Dick Butkus off a deflected pass near the line of scrimmage, returned five yards and the Bears have a 1st and 10 at the 42 of Baltimore. Chicago could do nothing with the great field position and will punt the ball. Baltimore strung a long drive together only to stall out at the nine yard line of Chicago, the field goal kick was good. Baltimore 13, Chicago 3 with 4:47 to go in the third quarter. Chicago finally got within field goal range in the closing minutes of the 3rd: From the 38 … the football will be spotted at the Baltimore 45 yard line and the Bears are looking at a 45 yard field goal attempt … … … and here’s Roger LeClerc with the kick … … SHANKED … and off to the right … and it’s … … NO GOOD !! … … the Bears fail to cut into the lead as the score remains … Baltimore 13 … and Chicago 3 … the Colts will now scrimmage at their 20. Baltimore is driving once more on the Bears defense as we enter quarter 4.
Johnny Unitas has played the best game of the season today passing for 259 yards and touchdown, completing 19 of 25 attempts. Unitas and his arm, took the Colts the length of the field for another Baltimore touchdown, 20 to 3 Baltimore. Chicago will need to turn to its passing game to have any chance of catching the Colts. Rudy Bukich … throws short to Gale Sayers at the Chicago 38 … fends off a hit … and is tripped at the Chicago 47 yard line … a pickup of 12 yards … its 1st and 10 from the Chicago 47. Rudy Bukich … throws to Johnny Morris … tipped by the defender … and it falls incomplete … … Chicago is looking at 3rd and 7 from the 50., big 3rd down for Chicago. Rudy Bukich with a hard count … trying to draw Baltimore offside … … now he drops back and throws to Gale Sayers … and it’s incomplete … … the Bears now face a 4th and 7 with the nose of the football directly at mid-field. Unitas will start on from his 3 yard line after that great Bears punt. Johnny is turning to his stable of backs to burn up the clock: Lenny Moore … feeling his way as he moves forward … side-steps a hit … and now he’s caught and flung out-of-bounds … that’s a pickup of 4 yards … Baltimore is looking at 3rd and 3 from their own 22 with 7:35 to go. Tony Lorick lugs the football … trying to cut through the line … but the Bears keep the holes closed … no gain … the Colts now face a 4th and 3, they will punt the football and rely on their dominating defense to hold the Bears. Bukich’s pass is picked off by strong safety Jerry Logan at the 42 of Baltimore, one yard return.
The Bears passing game is of no effect: Rudy Bukich checks the play-clock … now takes the snap … throws to Johnny Morris … incomplete … … batted away at the last second by Baltimore … … Chicago turns it over on downs … and the Colts have the football at the Chicago 9 yard line with just two minutes left before getting their first win this year! Tony Lorick rambles in for the final score of the game: And that does it … the final score … the Baltimore Colts 27 and the Chicago Bears 3.
Actual Score: Baltimore 17 at Chicago 27
APBA Replay Score: Baltimore 27 at Chicago 3