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1942 NFL Championship Game

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Referee  Ronald Gibbs
Champion  Washington Redskins
Stadium  Griffith Stadium
Network  Mutual
Start date  1942
Attendance  36,006
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Location  Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Announcers  Harry Wismer, Russ Hodges, Jack Drees
Similar  1937 NFL Championship Game, 1940 NFL Championship Game, 1941 NFL Championship Game, 1946 NFL Championship Game, 1936 NFL Championship Game

The 1942 National Football League Championship game was the NFL's tenth title game, played at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. on December 13, with a sellout capacity attendance of 36,006.


It matched the undefeated Western Division champion Chicago Bears (11–0) and the Eastern Division champion Washington Redskins (10–1). The Bears were co-coached by Hunk Anderson and Luke Johnsos (after George Halas had entered the U.S. Navy) and led on the field by quarterback Sid Luckman. The Redskins were led by head coach Ray Flaherty and quarterback Sammy Baugh.

Chicago had won easily in the summer exhibition game with Washington, but the teams had not met during the 1942 regular season. The Bears were aiming for their third consecutive league title and were favored by three touchdowns, but were upset 14–6 by the home underdog Redskins.

Tickets were sold out three weeks in advance, and some were being resold for up to fifty dollars.

This was the second and final NFL title game played at Griffith Stadium and in the city of Washington. The two teams met on the same site two years earlier with a far different result, as the visiting Bears won in a 73–0 rout.

Scoring summary

Sunday, December 13, 1942
Kickoff: 2 p.m. EWT (EDT)

  • First quarter
  • no scoring
  • Second quarter
  • CHI – Lee Artoe, 52-yard fumble return (kick failed), 6–0 CHI
  • WAS – Wilbur Moore, 39-yard pass from Baugh (Bob Masterson kick), 7–6 WAS
  • Third quarter
  • WAS – Andy Farkas, 1-yard run (Masterson kick), 14–6 WAS
  • Fourth quarter
  • no scoring
  • Source:


  • Referee: Ronald Gibbs
  • Umpire: Carl Brubaker
  • Head Linesman: Charlie Berry
  • Field Judge: Chuck Sweeney
  • The NFL had only four game officials in 1942; the back judge was added in 1947, the line judge in 1965, and the side judge in 1978.

    Players' shares

    The gate receipts from the sellout were over $113,000, a record, and each Redskin player received about $976 while each Bear saw about $639.

    Next year

    At the time, an owners' winter meeting and the annual draft of college players was held around the title game. A year into World War II for the United States and with much of the talent in or entering the military, the meeting focused on whether or not to operate the league in 1943; the decision was to continue, with the 1943 NFL draft postponed until April.


    1942 NFL Championship Game Wikipedia