WESTERN DIVISION PLAYOFF (December 14 at Chicago - 43,425)
CHICAGO BEARS (10-1) 33, GREEN BAY PACKERS (10-1) 14
1941 NFL TITLE (December 21 at Chicago - 13,341)
CHICAGO BEARS (11-1) 37, NEW YORK GIANTS (8-3) 9
WESTERN FINALS (Winnipeg wins series, 32-22)
Saturday, November 8 - REGINA 8, Winnipeg 6
Tuesday, November 11 - WINNIPEG 18, Regina 12
Saturday, November 15 - WINNIPEG 8, Regina 2
ECU FINALS (Ottawa wins series, 18-17)
Saturday, November 8 - Toronto 16, OTTAWA 8
Saturday, November 15 - Ottawa 10, TORONTO 1
EASTERN FINAL: Saturday, November 22 - OTTAWA 7, Hamilton Wildcats (ORFU) 2
1941 GREY CUP GAME (Saturday, November 29 at Toronto - 19,065)
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS (8-3) 18, OTTAWA ROUGH RIDERS (7-2) 16 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers were once again permitted to challenge for the Grey Cup following a rule dispute a year earlier. An East-West compromise allowed linemen to block five yards from the line of scrimmage. In a meeting of the previous two Grey Cup champions, the Blue Bombers prevailed, sending the coveted mug West for the third time. Ches McCance booted a 38-yard placement in the third quarter, giving Winnipeg an insurmountable lead. Trailing 18-15 in the dying minutes of the game, the Ottawa Rough Riders had an opportunity to kick for three points from 20 yards out. George Fraser’s field goal attempt sailed inches wide of the goal post, which Fritz Hanson let go to the deadline for a single point. Jim Lander came up with an important interception in the closing minutes, as the Blue Bombers held on to the win. After the Blue Bombers took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, Ottawa’s Tony Golab, lifting a short kick from his own 40-yard line, raced down field to recover the ball at the Winnipeg 45. He wheeled around Ken Draper and ran for the touchdown. A fumble by Hanson set up Fraser’s 16-yard field goal from a difficult angle early in the second. The Blue Bombers tied the score at 9-9 before halftime. With the Rough Riders expecting a kick on third down, Wayne Sheley pitched the ball to Bud Marquardt to his left. Marquardt raced 40 yards down the sidelines before an Ottawa player could lay a hand on him. But before he was tackled, Marquardt threw a lateral pass to Mel Wilson, who sidestepped another Rough Rider for a touchdown. Marquardt scored a touchdown in the opening minute of the third quarter as he intercepted Burke’s pass and returned it 40 yards to the end zone. Fraser tied the score on a pair of field goals, but wasn’t successful when it counted most. As the game concluded, members of a Manitoba regiment raced onto the field and uprooted the goal posts from the north end zone, which they carried triumphantly away. The 19,065 in attendance at Toronto’s Varsity Stadium set an all-time Grey Cup record. The game was played under the best conditions imaginable, with a mid-October feel as oppose to a late-November chill.
1941 NFL Championship Program
(Source: Heritage Auctions)
1941 NFL Champion Chicago Bears Team Photograph
(Source: Heritage Auctions)
FRANCHISES FOLDING: Boston Bears (AFL) FRANCHISES CHANGING NAMES: Buffalo Tigers (AFL) replaced Buffalo Indians. New York Americans (AFL) replaced New York Yankees
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 7
Cleveland 17, Pittsburgh 14 at Akron, OH
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
New York       0  0 0  .000   0   0 Cleveland      1  0 0 1.000  17  14
Washington     0  0 0  .000   0   0 GREEN BAY      0  0 0  .000   0   0
Brooklyn       0  0 0  .000   0   0 Chi Bears      0  0 0  .000   0   0
Philadelphia   0  0 0  .000   0   0 Detroit        0  0 0  .000   0   0
Pittsburgh     0  1 0  .000  14  17 Chi Cards      0  0 0  .000   0   0
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 13
New York 24, PHILADELPHIA 0
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 14
GREEN BAY 23, Detroit 0             A-COLUMBUS 34, Milwaukee 7
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
New York       1  0 0 1.000  24   0 Cleveland      1  0 0 1.000  17  14
Washington     0  0 0  .000   0   0 GREEN BAY      1  0 0 1.000  23   0
Brooklyn       0  0 0  .000   0   0 Chi Bears      0  0 0  .000   0   0
Philadelphia   0  1 0  .000   0  24 Chi Cards      0  0 0  .000   0   0
Pittsburgh     0  1 0  .000  14  17 Detroit        0  1 0  .000   0  23
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Columbus       1  0 0 1.000  34   7 Buffalo        0  0 0  .000   0   0
New York       0  0 0  .000   0   0 Milwaukee      0  1 0  .000   7  34
Cincinnati     0  0 0  .000   0   0
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 16
Cleveland 10, CHI CARDS 6
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 21
BROOKLYN 14, Detroit 7              Philadelphia 10, PITTSBURGH 7
Green Bay 24, Cleveland 7 at Milwaukee
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
New York       1  0 0 1.000  24   0 GREEN BAY      2  0 0 1.000  47   6
Brooklyn       1  0 0 1.000  14   7 Cleveland      2  1 0  .667  33  44
Philadelphia   1  1 0  .500  10  31 Chi Bears      0  0 0  .000   0   0
Washington     0  0 0  .000   0   0 Chi Cards      0  1 0  .000   6  10
Pittsburgh     0  2 0  .000  21  27 Detroit        0  2 0  .000   7  37
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Columbus       1  0 0 1.000  34   7 Buffalo        0  0 0  .000   0   0
New York       0  0 0  .000   0   0 Milwaukee      0  1 0  .000   7  34
Cincinnati     0  0 0  .000   0   0
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 27
Brooklyn 24, PHILADELPHIA 13        CARDS 14, Detroit 14 (T)
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 28
Chi Bears 25, GREEN BAY 17          New York 17, WASHINGTON 10
A-New York 10, MILWAUKEE 3
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
New York       2  0 0 1.000  41  10 Chi Bears      1  0 0 1.000  25  17
Brooklyn       2  0 0 1.000  38  20 Cleveland      2  1 0  .667  33  44
Philadelphia   1  2 0  .333  23  55 GREEN BAY      2  1 0  .667  64  31
Washington     0  1 0  .000  10  17 Chi Cards      0  1 1  .000  20  24
Pittsburgh     0  2 0  .000  21  27 Detroit        0  2 1  .000  21  51
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Columbus       1  0 0 1.000  34   7 Buffalo        0  0 0  .000   0   0
New York       1  0 0 1.000  10   3 Milwaukee      0  2 0  .000  10  44
Cincinnati     0  0 0  .000   0   0
SUNDAY OCTOBER 5
New York 37, PITTSBURGH 10          Chi Bears 48, CLEVELAND 21
Green Bay 14, Cards 13 at Milwaukee WASHINGTON 3, Brooklyn 0
A-CINCINNATI 29, Buffalo 0          A-COLUMBUS 14, New York 0
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
New York       3  0 0 1.000  78  20 Chi Bears      2  0 0 1.000  73  38
Brooklyn       2  1 0  .667  38  23 GREEN BAY      3  1 0  .750  78  44
Washington     1  1 0  .500  13  17 Cleveland      2  2 0  .500  54  92
Philadelphia   1  2 0  .333  23  55 Chi Cards      0  2 1  .000  33  38
Pittsburgh     0  3 0  .000  31  64 Detroit        0  2 1  .000  21  51
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Columbus       2  0 0 1.000  48   7 Buffalo        0  1 0  .000   0  29
Cincinnati     1  0 0 1.000  29   0 Milwaukee      0  2 0  .000  10  44
New York       1  1 0  .500  10  17
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 8
A-New York 26, BUFFALO 7
SUNDAY OCTOBER 12
Gr Bay 30, Brooklyn 7 at Milwaukee  NEW YORK 16, Philadelphia 0
CHI BEARS 53, Chi Cards 7           Washington 24, PITTSBURGH 20
DETROIT 17, Cleveland 7             A-New York 23, CINCINNATI 14
A-COLUMBUS 14, Milwaukee 7
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
New York       4  0 0 1.000  94  20 Chi Bears      3  0 0 1.000 126  45
Washington     2  1 0  .667  37  37 GREEN BAY      4  1 0  .800 108  51
Brooklyn       2  2 0  .333  45  53 Cleveland      2  3 0  .400  61 109
Philadelphia   1  3 0  .250  23  71 Detroit        1  2 1  .333  38  58
Pittsburgh     0  4 0  .000  51  88 Chi Cards      0  3 1  .000  40  91
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Columbus       3  0 0 1.000  62  14 Buffalo        0  2 0  .000   7  55
New York       3  1 0  .750  59  38 Milwaukee      0  3 0  .000  17  58
Cincinnati     1  1 0  .500  43  23
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 15
A-Columbus 35, Cincinnati 6 at Akron, OH
SUNDAY OCTOBER 19
Green Bay 17, CLEVELAND 14          NEW YORK 28, Pittsburgh 7
CHI BEARS 49, Detroit 0             Chi Cards 20, BROOKLYN 6
Washington 21, PHILADELPHIA 17      A-BUFFALO 16, Cincinnati 0
A-NEW YORK 7, Columbus 7
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
New York       5  0 0 1.000 122  27 Chi Bears      4  0 0 1.000 175  45
Washington     3  1 0  .750  58  54 GREEN BAY      5  1 0  .833 125  65
Brooklyn       2  3 0  .400  51  73 Cleveland      2  4 0  .333  75 126
Philadelphia   1  4 0  .200  40  92 Detroit        1  3 1  .250  38 107
Pittsburgh     0  5 0  .000  58 116 Chi Cards      1  3 1  .250  60  97
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Columbus       4  0 1 1.000 104  27 Cincinnati     1  3 0  .250  49  74
New York       3  1 1  .750  66  45 Milwaukee      0  3 0  .000  17  58
Buffalo        1  2 0  .333  23  55
SUNDAY OCTOBER 26
BROOKLYN 16, New York 13            CHI BEARS 34, Pittsburgh 7
Green Bay 24, DETROIT 7             PHILADELPHIA 21, Cards 14
WASHINGTON 17, Cleveland 13         A-NEW YORK 31, Buffalo 14
A-MILWAUKEE 26, Cincinnati 6
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
New York       5  1 0  .833 135  43 Chi Bears      5  0 0 1.000 209  52
Washington     4  1 0  .800  75  67 GREEN BAY      6  1 0  .857 149  72
Brooklyn       3  3 0  .500  67  86 Cleveland      2  5 0  .286  88 143
Philadelphia   2  4 0  .333  61 106 Detroit        1  4 1  .200  45 131
Pittsburgh     0  6 0  .000  65 150 Chi Cards      1  4 1  .200  74 118
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Columbus       4  0 1 1.000 104  27 Buffalo        1  3 0  .250  37  86
New York       4  1 1  .800  97  59 Cincinnati     1  4 0  .200  55 100
Milwaukee      1  3 0  .250  43  64
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 2
Chi Cards 10, NEW YORK 7            Green Bay 16, CHI BEARS 14
Detroit 14, CLEVELAND 0             BROOKLYN 15, Philadelphia 6
WASHINGTON 23, Pittsburgh 3         A-Milwaukee 7, NEW YORK 6
A-COLUMBUS 24, Buffalo 7
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
Washington     5  1 0  .833  98  70 GREEN BAY      7  1 0  .875 165  86
New York       5  2 0  .714 142  53 Chi Bears      5  1 0  .833 223  68
Brooklyn       4  3 0  .571  77  93 Detroit        2  4 1  .333  59 131
Philadelphia   2  5 0  .286  67 121 Chi Cards      2  4 1  .333  84 125
Pittsburgh     0  7 0  .000  68 173 Cleveland      2  6 0  .250  88 157
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Columbus       5  0 1 1.000 128  34 Buffalo        1  4 0  .200  44 110
New York       4  2 1  .667 103  66 Cincinnati     1  4 0  .200  55 100
Milwaukee      2  3 0  .400  50  70
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 9
NEW YORK 20, Detroit 13             CHI BEARS 31, Cleveland 13
BROOKLYN 13, Washington 7           PHILADELPHIA 7, Pittsburgh 7
A-BUFFALO 14, Columbus 7            A-MILWAUKEE 0, Cincinnati 0
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
New York       6  2 0  .750 162  66 GREEN BAY      7  1 0  .875 165  86
Washington     5  2 0  .714 105  83 Chi Bears      6  1 0  .857 254  81
Brooklyn       5  3 0  .625  90 100 Chi Cards      2  4 1  .333  84 125
Philadelphia   2  5 1  .286  74 128 Detroit        2  5 1  .286  72 151
Pittsburgh     0  7 1  .000  75 180 Cleveland      2  7 0  .222 101 188
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Columbus       5  1 1  .833 135  48 Buffalo        2  4 0  .333  58 117
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 16
NEW YORK 49, Cleveland 14          GREEN BAY 17, Chi Cards 9
PITTSBURGH 14, Brooklyn 7          BEARS 35, Washington 21
DETROIT 21, Philadelphia 17        A-MILWAUKEE 41, Buffalo 14
A-COLUMBUS 7, Cincinnati 7 (T)
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
New York       7  2 0  .778 211  80 GREEN BAY      8  1 0  .889 182  95
Washington     5  3 0  .625 126 118 Chi Bears      7  1 0  .875 289 102
Brooklyn       5  4 0  .556  97 114 Detroit        3  5 1  .625  93 168
Philadelphia   2  6 1  .250  91 149 Chi Cards      2  5 1  .286  93 142
Pittsburgh     1  7 1  .125  89 187 Cleveland      2  8 0  .200 115 237
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
*-Columbus     5  1 2  .833 142  55 Buffalo        2  5 0  .286  72 158
New York       4  2 1  .667 103  66 Cincinnati     1  4 2  .200  62 107
Milwaukee      3  3 1  .500  91  84 *-Clinched title
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 23
NEW YORK 20, Washington 13          Chi Cards 7, CLEVELAND 0
Chi Bears 24, DETROIT 7             Green Bay 54, PITTSBURGH 7
A-Milwaukee 14, BUFFALO 0
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
X-New York     8  2 0  .800 231  93 GREEN BAY      9  1 0  .900 236 102
Washington     5  4 0  .556 139 138 Chi Bears      8  1 0  .889 313 109
Brooklyn       5  4 0  .556  97 114 Chi Cards      3  5 1  .375 100 142
Philadelphia   2  6 1  .250  91 149 Detroit        3  6 1  .333 100 192
Pittsburgh     1  8 1  .111  96 241 Cleveland      2  9 0  .182 115 244
X-Clinched Division Title
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
*-Columbus     5  1 2  .833 142  55 Buffalo        2  5 0  .286  72 172
New York       4  2 1  .667 103  66 Cincinnati     1  4 2  .200  62 107
Milwaukee      4  3 1  .571 105  84 *-Clinched title
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 30
BROOKLYN 35, Pittsburgh 7           Green Bay 22, WASHINGTON 17
Bears 49, PHILADELPHIA 14           DETROIT 21, Chi Cards 3
A-NEW YORK 13, Cincinnati 7
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
X-New York     8  2 0  .800 231  93 Z-GREEN BAY   10  1 0  .909 258 119
Brooklyn       6  4 0  .600 132 121 Chi Bears      9  1 0  .900 362 123
Washington     5  5 0  .500 156 160 Detroit        4  6 1  .400 121 195
Philadelphia   2  7 1  .222 105 198 Chi Cards      3  6 1  .333 103 163
Pittsburgh     1  9 1  .100 103 276 Cleveland      2  9 0  .182 115 244
X-Clinched Division Title           Z-Clinched Tie for Division Title
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE- FINAL
*-Columbus     5  1 2  .833 142  55 Buffalo        2  5 0  .286  72 172
New York       5  2 1  .714 116  73 Cincinnati     1  5 2  .167  69 120
Milwaukee      4  3 1  .571 105  84 *-Clinched title
SUNDAY DECEMBER 7
Chi Bears 34, CHI CARDS 24          Brooklyn 21, NEW YORK 7
WASHINGTON 20, Philadelphia 14
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
X-New York     8  3 0  .727 238 114 Z-GREEN BAY   10  1 0  .909 258 119
Brooklyn       7  4 0  .636 153 128 Z-Chi Bears   10  1 0  .909 396 147
Washington     6  5 0  .545 176 174 Detroit        4  6 1  .400 121 195
Philadelphia   2  8 1  .200 119 218 Chi Cards      3  7 1  .300 127 197
Pittsburgh     1  9 1  .100 103 276 Cleveland      2  9 0  .182 115 244
X-Clinched Division Title           Z-Clinched Tie for Division Title
New York       4  2 1  .667 103  66 Cincinnati     1  4 1  .200  55 100
Milwaukee      2  3 1  .400  50  70
IRFU NOTE: The IRFU was renamed to Eastern Canada Union for one season. The Hamilton Tigers did not participate in the Eastern Canada Union, due to World War II and the Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers of the ORFU joinedMontreal was known as Bulldogs and Royals WIFU NOTE: The Calgary Bronks left, and the Vancouver Grizzlies joined.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 6
WINNIPEG 11, Regina 0
WIFU
Winnipeg    1  0 0  11   0  2 Regina      0  1 0   0  11  0
Vancouver   0  0 0   0   0  0
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 13
Regina 3, VANCOUVER 1
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 15
VANCOUVER 7, Regina 6
WIFU
Winnipeg    1  0 0  11   0  2 Regina      1  2 0   9  19  2
Vancouver   1  1 0   8   9  2
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 19
Regina 18, VANCOUVER 0
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 22
WINNIPEG 18, Vancouver 0
WIFU
Winnipeg    2  0 0  29   0  4 Vancouver   1  3 0   8  45  2
Regina      2  2 0  27  19  4
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 25
WINNIPEG 12, Vancouver 5
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 27
OTTAWA 18, Montreal 5         Toronto 9, BALMY BEACH 6
REGINA 22, Vancouver 3
ECU                           WIFU
Toronto     1  0 0   9   6  2 Winnipeg    3  0 0  41   5  6
Ottawa      1  0 0  18   5  2 Regina      3  2 0  49  22  4
Balmy Beach 0  1 0   6   8  0 Vancouver   1  5 0  16  79  2
Montreal    0  1 0   5  18  0
SATURDAY OCTOBER 4
TORONTO 7, Ottawa 3           Balmy Beach 6, MONTREAL 1
ECU
Toronto     2  0 0  16   9  4 Ottawa      1  1 0  21  12  2
Balmy Beach 1  1 0  12  10  2 Montreal    0  2 0   6  24  0
SATURDAY OCTOBER 11
TORONTO 24, Montreal 3        OTTAWA 13, Balmy Beach 1
REGINA 9, Winnipeg 0
MONDAY OCTOBER 13
Winnipeg 17, VANCOUVER 0
ECU                           WIFU
Toronto     3  0 0  40  12  6 Winnipeg    4  1 0  58  14  8
Balmy Beach 1  2 0  13  23  2 Regina      4  2 0  58  22  8
Ottawa      2  1 0  34  13  4 Vancouver   1  6 0  16  96  2
Montreal    0  3 0   9  48  0
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 15
Winnipeg 12, VANCOUVER 0      
SATURDAY OCTOBER 18
Ottawa 3, BALMY BEACH 0       Toronto 12, Montreal 1 at Kingston
MONDAY OCTOBER 20
Winnipeg 15, REGINA 1
ECU                           WIFU
X-Toronto   4  0 0  52  13  8 Winnipeg    5  2 0  85  15 12
Balmy Beach 1  3 0  13  26  2 Regina      5  2 0  59  37  8
X-Ottawa    3  1 0  37  13  6 Vancouver   1  7 0  16 108  2
Montreal    0  4 0  10  60  0 X-Clinched playoff berth
NOTE: Winnipeg and Regina failed to agree on the eligibility of Bomber Ken Preston. The Roughriders played the game under protest. The protest was upheld, and the points awarded to Regina
SATURDAY OCTOBER 25
OTTAWA 24, Toronto 6          BALMY BEACH 9, Montreal 0
WINNIPEG 7, Regina 4
ECU                           WIFU
X-Toronto   4  1 0  58  37  8 Winnipeg    6  2 0  92  19 12
X-Ottawa    4  1 0  61  19  8 Regina      5  3 0  64  43 10
Balmy Beach 2  3 0  22  26  4 Vancouver   1  7 0  16 108  2
Montreal    0  5 0  10  69  0 X-Clinched playoff berth
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 1
TORONTO 8, Balmy Beach 5      Ottawa 11, MONTREAL 2
ECU
Ottawa      5  1 0  72  21 10 Balmy Beach 2  4 0  27  34  4
Toronto     5  1 0  66  42 10 Montreal    0  6 0  12  80  0