On November 25th, 1951, the Cleveland Browns invaded Chicago to play the Bears. It was the first ever regular season game between the two teams. The Browns had won 7 straight games and the Bears had won 5 of 6.
Dub Jones spoke about how the game might have been a preview to the 1951 NFL Championship Game on The Game before the Money Podcast. “The Bears were leading their division and we were leading our division.”
The teams fought to a scoreless first quarter.
Then Dub scored from 2 yards out in the second quarter to give the Browns a 7-0 lead. Later that quarter, Dub scored again on a 34-yard pass from Otto Graham. Jones then scored a touchdown the next three times he touched the ball. That gave him 5 touchdowns on the day.
Jones told The Game before the Money, “(The first 5 touchdowns) just happened. I mean it wasn’t planned. It just happened that I scored 5 touchdowns. They had called from the press box, and said, ‘Dub Jones has scored 5 touchdowns and if he scores 1 more touchdown, he would tie the record.’ I went back in the game. Otto thew me a pass and I caught it. That was the only play of the game that was specifically planned for me to score.”Embed from Getty Images
PHOTO: Dub Jones celebrates his 6 TD game with teammates.
Dub scored 5 touchdowns that day: 4 rushing and 2 receiving. Oddly enough, his fifth touchdown was a 43-yard rush and his sixth touchdown was a 43-yard reception. His 6 touchdowns in 1 game tied the record that Ernie Nevers created in 1929. Nevers also scored 6 touchdowns against the Bears. Gale Sayers matched the record with 6 touchdowns for the Bears against the Forty Niners in 1965.
In the first 100 seasons that the NFL played, Dub Jones, Gale Sayers and Ernie Nevers were the only 3 people to score 6 touchdowns in 1 game. A strange fact about that is that even though those games were played in 1929, 1951, and 1965, George Halas was the Bears’ head coach in all 3 of those games.
Alvin Kamara became the fourth player in NFL history to score six touchdowns in one game on Saturday, December 25, 2020. He scored 6 touchdowns for the New Orleans Saints against the Minnesota Vikings on Christmas Day in 2020. Kamara is the only player in NFL history to score 6 TDs in a game that George Halas wasn’t coaching!
Ernie Nevers and Alvin Kamara are the only two players to score 6 rushing touchdowns in a single game, as of 2020. Dub Jones and Gale Sayers are the only two players to score 6 TDs in a variety of ways in a single NFL game.
Dub shared with us another fact about the game in which he scored 6 touchdowns. “It set a record for the most penalties,” he said. “So, it wasn’t a pushover game.”
There were almost 375 yards worth of penalties between the two teams that day. The refs flagged the Browns 21 times. One of the penalties negated a 94-yard interception return for a touchdown by Don Shula. Yes, that Don Shula.
The Browns topped the Bears 42-21. The win gave the Browns an 8-1 record on the season. Cleveland finished 11-1 in the 1951 NFL season. The team lost the 1951 NFL Championship to the Los Angeles Rams.
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PHOTOS: Dub Jones also wore both #40 and #86 with the Browns.