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1943 NFL Championship Game

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21  41
7  7
14  13
Champion  Chicago Bears
Stadium  Wrigley Field
Attendance  34,320
7  7
7  21
13  14
Start date  1943
Announcer  Harry Wismer
1943 NFL Championship Game
Location  Wrigley Field, Lake View, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Similar  1941 NFL Championship Game, 1946 NFL Championship Game, 1940 NFL Championship Game, 1934 NFL Championship Game, 1942 NFL Championship Game

The 1943 NFL Championship Game was the 11th annual title game of the National Football League (NFL), held at Wrigley Field in Chicago on December 26 with an attendance of 34,320.


In a rematch of the previous year's game, the Western Division champion Chicago Bears (8–1–1) met the Eastern Division champion Washington Redskins (6–3–1). The previous week, the Redskins had defeated the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds in a playoff game by a score of 28–0 to determine the champs of the east, after the teams ended the regular season with identical records. The Redskins had dropped their final three regular season games, including two to the Giants. Even though the Giants had swept the season series with Washington, the rules of the time called for a tiebreaker game.

The divisional playoff game pushed the championship game back to its latest ever date, and the late-December Chicago weather caused the game to be dubbed the "Ice Bowl." The Bears were favored by a touchdown, and won by twenty points, 41–21.

The crowd was smaller than the previous year's and well off the championship game record of 48,120 set in 1938, but the gross gate receipts of $120,500 set a record. In addition to the gate, radio broadcast rights to the game were sold for $5,000.

The Bears were led by quarterback Sid Luckman while Sammy Baugh was the quarterback for the Redskins. The Redskins were coached by Dutch Bergman.

The Chicago win marked the franchise's third championship in four seasons, their fourth since the institution of the championship game in 1933 and their sixth since the NFL was formed in 1921.


Bears substitutions: Pool, Berry, Steinkemper, Babartsky, Mundee, Ippolito, Logan, Matuza, McLean, Luckman, Famighetti, Nagurski, McEnulty, Nolting and Vodicka.

Redskins substitutions: Piasecky, Lapka, Wilkin, Zeno, Fiorentino, Leon, Hayden, Baugh, Seymour, Moore, Gibson, Akins and Stasica.


  • Referee: Ronald Gibbs
  • Umpire: John Kelly
  • Head Linesman: Charlie Berry
  • Field Judge: Eddie Tryon
  • The NFL had only four game officials in 1943; the back judge was added in 1947, the line judge in 1965, and the side judge in 1978.

    Scoring summary

    Sunday, December 26, 1943
    Kickoff: 2 p.m. CWT (CDT)

  • First quarter
  • no scoring
  • Second quarter
  • WAS – Andy Farkas 1 yard run (Bob Masterson kick), 7–0 WAS
  • CHI   – Harry Clarke 31 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick), 7–7 tie
  • CHI   – Bronko Nagurski 3 yard run (Snyder kick), 14–7 CHI
  • Third quarter
  • CHI   – Dante Magnani 36 yard pass from Luckman (Snyder kick), 21–7 CHI
  • CHI   – Magnani 66 yard pass from Luckman (kick failed), 27–7 CHI
  • WAS – Farkas 17 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Masterson kick), 27–14 CHI
  • Fourth quarter
  • CHI   – Jim Benton 26 yard pass from Luckman (Snyder kick), 34–14 CHI
  • CHI   – Clarke 10 yard pass from Luckman (Snyder kick), 41–14 CHI
  • WAS – Joe Aguirre 25 yard pass from Baugh (Aguirre kick), 41–21 CHI
  • Players' shares

    Each player on the Bears took home $1,135 while each member of the Redskins got $754.


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