The season ended when the Chicago Bears defeated the Washington Redskins, 41-21, in the NFL Championship Game played the day after Christmas (the first time in NFL history that a playoff game was played so late in the year). Chicago had finished its regular season on November 28, winning the Western Division with an 8-1-1 record. However, the Bears had to wait for three straight weekends while the Eastern Division teams settled on a champion. Washington and the New York Giants ended the regular season by playing against each other on two consecutive Sundays, December 5 and December 12 (the December 12th game being a makeup from the postponed game of October 3rd), with the Giants winning both games to force a first-place tie at 6-3-1 each. The Redskins, however, won the playoff game to advance to play the Bears.
The Redskins (5-0-1) and Bears (7-0-1) were still unbeaten going into Week Eleven, and met in Washington on November 21, with the Redskins winning 21-7. The Redskins had their first loss in Week Twelve being beaten by Phil-Pitt, 27-14, on November 28, while the Bears clinched the Western Division the same day with a 35-24 win over the Cardinals for an 8-1-1 finish. In Week Thirteen, Phil-Pitt lost its very last game, falling to Green Bay 38-28, and was out of contention at 5-4-1. Meanwhile, the Giants beat the Redskins, 14-10, in New York. The next week, the Giants (5-3-1) and Redskins (6-2-1) met again, in Washington, and beat them 31-7, creating a tie in the Eastern Division. For the third straight weekend, New York and Washington faced each other, this time in a playoff, which the Redskins won 28-0.
Note: The NFL did not officially count tie games in the standings until 1972
|New York Giants||6||3||1||.667||197||170|
|Green Bay Packers||7||2||1||.778||264||172|
NFL Championship Game (December 26, 1943)
|Joe F. Carr Trophy (Most Valuable Player)||Sid Luckman, Quarterback, Chi. Bears|
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