FRANCHISES FOLDING: Boston Bears (AFL) FRANCHISES CHANGING NAMES: Buffalo Tigers (AFL) replaced Buffalo Indians. New York Americans (AFL) replaced New York Yankees
WEEK ONE
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 7
Cleveland 17, Pittsburgh 14 at Akron, OH
NFL EASTERN DIVISION          NFL WESTERN DIVISION
New York       0  0 0   0   0 Cleveland      1  0 0  17  14
Washington     0  0 0   0   0 GREEN BAY      0  0 0   0   0
Brooklyn       0  0 0   0   0 Chi Bears      0  0 0   0   0
Philadelphia   0  0 0   0   0 Detroit        0  0 0   0   0
Pittsburgh     0  1 0  14  17 Chi Cards      0  0 0   0   0
WEEK TWO
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  24   0 Cleveland      1  0 0  17  14
Washington     0  0 0   0   0 GREEN BAY      1  0 0  23   0
Brooklyn       0  0 0   0   0 Chi Bears      0  0 0   0   0
Philadelphia   0  1 0   0  24 Chi Cards      0  0 0   0   0
Pittsburgh     0  1 0  14  17 Detroit        0  1 0   0  23
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Columbus       1  0 0  34   7 Buffalo        0  0 0   0   0
New York       0  0 0   0   0 Milwaukee      0  1 0   7  34
Cincinnati     0  0 0   0   0
WEEK THREE
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  24   0 GREEN BAY      2  0 0  47   6
Brooklyn       1  0 0  14   7 Cleveland      2  1 0  33  44
Philadelphia   1  1 0  10  31 Chi Bears      0  0 0   0   0
Washington     0  0 0   0   0 Chi Cards      0  1 0   6  10
Pittsburgh     0  2 0  21  27 Detroit        0  2 0   7  37
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Columbus       1  0 0  34   7 Buffalo        0  0 0   0   0
New York       0  0 0   0   0 Milwaukee      0  1 0   7  34
Cincinnati     0  0 0   0   0
WEEK FOUR
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  41  10 Chi Bears      1  0 0  25  17
Brooklyn       2  0 0  38  20 Cleveland      2  1 0  33  44
Philadelphia   1  2 0  23  55 GREEN BAY      2  1 0  64  31
Washington     0  1 0  10  17 Chi Cards      0  1 1  20  24
Pittsburgh     0  2 0  21  27 Detroit        0  2 1  21  51
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Columbus       1  0 0  34   7 Buffalo        0  0 0   0   0
New York       1  0 0  10   3 Milwaukee      0  2 0  10  44
Cincinnati     0  0 0   0   0
WEEK FIVE
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  78  20 Chi Bears      2  0 0  73  38
Brooklyn       2  1 0  38  23 GREEN BAY      3  1 0  78  44
Washington     1  1 0  13  17 Cleveland      2  2 0  54  92
Philadelphia   1  2 0  23  55 Chi Cards      0  2 1  33  38
Pittsburgh     0  3 0  31  64 Detroit        0  2 1  21  51
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Columbus       2  0 0  48   7 Buffalo        0  1 0   0  29
Cincinnati     1  0 0  29   0 Milwaukee      0  2 0  10  44
New York       1  1 0  10  17
WEEK SIX
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 8
A-New York 26, BUFFALO 7
SUNDAY OCTOBER 12
Green 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  94  20 Chi Bears      3  0 0 126  45
Washington     2  1 0  37  37 GREEN BAY      4  1 0 108  51
Brooklyn       2  2 0  45  53 Cleveland      2  3 0  61 109
Philadelphia   1  3 0  23  71 Detroit        1  2 1  38  58
Pittsburgh     0  4 0  51  88 Chi Cards      0  3 1  40  91
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Columbus       3  0 0  62  14 Buffalo        0  2 0   7  55
New York       3  1 0  59  38 Milwaukee      0  3 0  17  58
Cincinnati     1  1 0  43  23
WEEK SEVEN
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 0 122  27 Chi Bears      4  0 0 175  45
Washington     3  1 0  58  54 GREEN BAY      5  1 0 125  65
Brooklyn       2  3 0  51  73 Cleveland      2  4 0  75 126
Philadelphia   1  4 0  40  92 Detroit        1  3 1  38 107
Pittsburgh     0  5 0  58 116 Chi Cards      1  3 1  60  97
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Columbus       4  0 1 104  27 Cincinnati     1  3 0  49  74
New York       3  1 1  66  45 Milwaukee      0  3 0  17  58
Buffalo        1  2 0  23  55
WEEK EIGHT
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 0 135  43 Chi Bears      5  0 0 209  52
Washington     4  1 0  75  67 GREEN BAY      6  1 0 149  72
Brooklyn       3  3 0  67  86 Cleveland      2  5 0  88 143
Philadelphia   2  4 0  61 106 Detroit        1  4 1  45 131
Pittsburgh     0  6 0  65 150 Chi Cards      1  4 1  74 118
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Columbus       4  0 1 104  27 Buffalo        1  3 0  37  86
New York       4  1 1  97  59 Cincinnati     1  4 0  55 100
Milwaukee      1  3 0  43  64
WEEK NINE
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  98  70 GREEN BAY      7  1 0 165  86
New York       5  2 0 142  53 Chi Bears      5  1 0 223  68
Brooklyn       4  3 0  77  93 Detroit        2  4 1  59 131
Philadelphia   2  5 0  67 121 Chi Cards      2  4 1  84 125
Pittsburgh     0  7 0  68 173 Cleveland      2  6 0  88 157
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Columbus       5  0 1 128  34 Buffalo        1  4 0  44 110
New York       4  2 1 103  66 Cincinnati     1  4 0  55 100
Milwaukee      2  3 0  50  70
WEEK TEN
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 0 162  66 GREEN BAY      7  1 0 165  86
Washington     5  2 0 105  83 Chi Bears      6  1 0 254  81
Brooklyn       5  3 0  90 100 Chi Cards      2  4 1  84 125
Philadelphia   2  5 1  74 128 Detroit        2  5 1  72 151
Pittsburgh     0  7 1  75 180 Cleveland      2  7 0 101 188
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Columbus       5  1 1 135  48 Buffalo        2  4 0  58 117
New York       4  2 1 103  66 Cincinnati     1  4 1  55 100
Milwaukee      2  3 1  50  70
WEEK ELEVEN
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 0 211  80 GREEN BAY      8  1 0 182  95
Washington     5  3 0 126 118 Chi Bears      7  1 0 289 102
Brooklyn       5  4 0  97 114 Detroit        3  5 1  93 168
Philadelphia   2  6 1  91 149 Chi Cards      2  5 1  93 142
Pittsburgh     1  7 1  89 187 Cleveland      2  8 0 115 237
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
*-Columbus     5  1 2 142  55 Buffalo        2  5 0  72 158
New York       4  2 1 103  66 Cincinnati     1  4 2  62 107
Milwaukee      3  3 1  91  84 *-Clinched title
WEEK TWELVE
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 0 231  93 GREEN BAY      9  1 0 236 102
Washington     5  4 0 139 138 Chi Bears      8  1 0 313 109
Brooklyn       5  4 0  97 114 Chi Cards      3  5 1 100 142
Philadelphia   2  6 1  91 149 Detroit        3  6 1 100 192
Pittsburgh     1  8 1  96 241 Cleveland      2  9 0 115 244
X-Clinched Division Title
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
*-Columbus     5  1 2 142  55 Buffalo        2  5 0  72 172
New York       4  2 1 103  66 Cincinnati     1  4 2  62 107
Milwaukee      4  3 1 105  84 *-Clinched title
WEEK THIRTEEN
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 0 231  93 Z-GREEN BAY   10  1 0 258 119
Brooklyn       6  4 0 132 121 Chi Bears      9  1 0 362 123
Washington     5  5 0 156 160 Detroit        4  6 1 121 195
Philadelphia   2  7 1 105 198 Chi Cards      3  6 1 103 163
Pittsburgh     1  9 1 103 276 Cleveland      2  9 0 115 244
X-Clinched Division Title     Z-Clinched Tie for Div Title
AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE- FINAL
*-Columbus     5  1 2 142  55 Buffalo        2  5 0  72 172
New York       5  2 1 116  73 Cincinnati     1  5 2  69 120
Milwaukee      4  3 1 105  84 *-Clinched title
WEEK FOURTEEN
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 0 238 114 Z-GREEN BAY   10  1 0 258 119
Brooklyn       7  4 0 153 128 Z-Chi Bears   10  1 0 396 147
Washington     6  5 0 176 174 Detroit        4  6 1 121 195
Philadelphia   2  8 1 119 218 Chi Cards      3  7 1 127 197
Pittsburgh     1  9 1 103 276 Cleveland      2  9 0 115 244
X-Clinched Division Title     Z-Clinched Tie for Div Title
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
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
WEEK ONE
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 6
WINNIPEG 11, Regina 0
Winnipeg    1  0 0  11   0  2 Regina      0  1 0   0  11  0
Vancouver   0  0 0   0   0  0
WEEK TWO
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 13
Regina 3, VANCOUVER 1
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 15
VANCOUVER 7, Regina 6
Winnipeg    1  0 0  11   0  2 Regina      1  2 0   9  19  2
Vancouver   1  1 0   8   9  2
WEEK THREE
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 19
Regina 18, VANCOUVER 0
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 22
WINNIPEG 18, Vancouver 0
Winnipeg    2  0 0  29   0  4 Vancouver   1  3 0   8  45  2
Regina      2  2 0  27  19  4
WEEK FOUR
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
WEEK FIVE
SATURDAY OCTOBER 4
TORONTO 7, Ottawa 3
Balmy Beach 6, MONTREAL 1
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
WEEK SIX
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
WEEK SEVEN
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
WEEK EIGHT
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
WEEK NINE
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 1
TORONTO 8, Balmy Beach 5
Ottawa 11, MONTREAL 2
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
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 - The Year in Football