NOTE : WIFU and IRFU suspended operations for the duration of the War. 
EASTERN FINAL (Saturday, November 20): Hamilton Flying Wildcats 7, LACHINE RCAF 6
1943 GREY CUP GAME (Saturday, November 27 at Toronto - 16,423)
HAMILTON FLYING WILDCATS (9-1-1) 23, WINNIPEG RCAF (6-0) 14 - After losing the annual Canadian football classic a year earlier, the Winnipeg R.C.A.F. Bombers were expected to win the Grey Cup over a supposedly weaker Hamilton Flying Wildcats squad. But Hamilton proved to be the better team in 1943, returning the coveted trophy to Steeltown for the first time since 1932. It was a wild first quarter, as Hamilton jumped to an 18-7 lead after 15 minutes. The Wildcats drew first blood three minutes into the contest as Joe Krol sidestepped three Bombers to throw a 30-yard pass into the arms of Doug Smith, who only had to fall across the goal line for the major. Winnipeg’s Brian Quinn scored the Bombers’ initial point on a mammoth kickoff. Garney Smith then gave Winnipeg a brief one-point lead as he darted around the end and ran 17 yards for a touchdown. The Wildcats went on to score two touchdowns before the end of the quarter. As Quinn attempted to punt from his own end zone, Jimmy Fumio rushed in to block the kick. As the ball hung up in the air, Fumio leaped up to make a touchdown grab. An error in judgment cost the Bombers another six points. Winnipeg’s Dave Greenberg, rather than give up a rouge, decided to punt the ball out of his end zone. The kick was short, which Abe Zvonkin recovered on the 10-yard line. Paul Peterson plunged nine yards before Mel Lawson scored on a goal line run. After an uneventful second quarter, Krol kicked a field goal to increase Hamilton’s lead to 21-7. Winnipeg’s offence finally got going at the end of the third quarter, as Quinn completed a pass to Jim Berry for a 42-yard touchdown play. Early in the final quarter, the Bombers had three cracks at the end zone from the Hamilton one-yard line. Three successive running plays were unsuccessful, as the Wildcats’ defence held firm. Quinn would eventually gain a single point for the Bombers. Hamilton soon relieved the pressure with a couple of rouges of their own, first on a 75-yard wind-assisted punt by Krol, and another off the foot of Doug Smith. The Bombers earned 11 first downs compared to Hamilton’s five in the loss. Brian Timmis, who coached the Wildcats to victory, was a member of the 1932 Grey Cup champion Hamilton Tigers team.
1943 Eastern Division Playoff (December 19 at New York - 42,800)
WASHINGTON REDSKINS (6-3-1) 28, NEW YORK GIANTS (6-3-1) 0
1943 NFL TITLE (December 26 at Chicago - 34,320)
CHICAGO BEARS (8-1-1) 41, WASHINGTON REDSKINS (7-3-1) 21
1943 NFL Championship Game Program Signed by Sammy Baugh and George McAfee
(Source: Heritage Auctions)
FRANCHISES MERGING : Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers FRANCHISES SUSPENDING : Cleveland Rams (would return in 1944)
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 19
DETROIT 35, Chi Cards 17
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
Washington     0  0 0  .000   0   0 Detroit        1  0 0 1.000  35  17
Brooklyn       0  0 0  .000   0   0 Chi Bears      0  0 0  .000   0   0
New York       0  0 0  .000   0   0 GREEN BAY      0  0 0  .000   0   0
Phil-Pitt      0  0 0  .000   0   0 Chi Cards      0  1 0  .000  17  35
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 26
DETROIT 27, Brooklyn 0              GREEN BAY 21, Bears 21 (T)
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
Washington     0  0 0  .000   0   0 Detroit        2  0 0 1.000  62  17
Phil-Pitt      0  0 0  .000   0   0 Chi Bears      0  0 1  .000  21  21
New York       0  0 0  .000   0   0 GREEN BAY      0  0 1  .000  21  21
Brooklyn       0  1 0  .000   0  27 Chi Cards      0  1 0  .000  17  35
SATURDAY OCTOBER 2
Phil-Pitt 17, Brooklyn 0 at Philadelphia
SUNDAY OCTOBER 3
Green Bay 28, CHI CARDS 7           Chi Bears 27, DETROIT 21
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
Phil-Pitt      1  0 0 1.000  17   0 GREEN BAY      1  0 1 1.000  49  28
Washington     0  0 0  .000   0   0 Chi Bears      1  0 1 1.000  48  42
New York       0  0 0  .000   0   0 Detroit        2  1 0  .667  83  44
Brooklyn       0  2 0  .000   0  44 Chi Cards      0  2 0  .000  24  63
SATURDAY OCTOBER 9
Phil-Pitt 28, New York 14 at Philadelphia
SUNDAY OCTOBER 10
CHI BEARS 20, Chi Cards 0           GREEN BAY 35, Detroit 14
WASHINGTON 27, Brooklyn 0
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
Phil-Pitt      2  0 0 1.000  45  14 GREEN BAY      2  0 1 1.000  84  42
Washington     1  0 0 1.000  27   0 Chi Bears      2  0 1 1.000  68  42
New York       0  1 0  .000  14  28 Detroit        2  2 0  .500  97  79
Brooklyn       0  3 0  .000   0  71 Chi Cards      0  3 0  .000  24  83
SUNDAY OCTOBER 17
New York 20, BROOKLYN 0             CHI BEARS 48, Phil-Pitt 21
Detroit 7, Chi Cards 0 at Buffalo   Washington 33, GREEN BAY 7 at Milwaukee
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
Washington     2  0 0 1.000  60   7 Chi Bears      3  0 1 1.000 116  63
Phil-Pitt      2  1 0  .667  66  62 GREEN BAY      2  1 1  .667  91  75
New York       1  1 0  .500  34  28 Detroit        3  2 0  .600 104  79
Brooklyn       0  4 0  .000   0  91 Chi Cards      0  4 0  .000  24  90
SUNDAY OCTOBER 24
CHI BEARS 33, Brooklyn 21           Green Bay 27, DETROIT 6
NEW YORK 42, Phil-Pitt 21           WASHINGTON 13, Chi Cards 7
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
Washington     3  0 0 1.000  73  14 Chi Bears      4  0 1 1.000 149  84
New York       2  1 0  .667  76  49 GREEN BAY      3  1 1  .750 118  81
Phil-Pitt      2  2 0  .500  87 104 Detroit        3  3 0  .500 110 106
Brooklyn       0  5 0  .000  21 124 Chi Cards      0  5 0  .000  31 103
​SUNDAY OCTOBER 31
Green Bay 35, NEW YORK 21           Washington 48, BROOKLYN 10
CHI BEARS 35, Detroit 14            Phil-Pitt 34, Cards 14 at Pittsburgh
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
Washington     4  0 0 1.000 121  24 Chi Bears      5  0 1 1.000 184  98
Phil-Pitt      3  2 0  .600 121 118 GREEN BAY      4  1 1  .800 153 102
New York       2  2 0  .500  97  84 Detroit        3  4 0  .429 124 141
Brooklyn       0  6 0  .000  31 172 Chi Cards      0  6 0  .000  45 137
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 7
CHI BEARS 21, Green Bay 7           DETROIT 0, New York 0 (T)
BROOKLYN 7, Chi Cards 0             Phil-Pitt 14, Washington 14 (T) at Philadelphia
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
Washington     4  0 1 1.000 135  38 Chi Bears      6  0 1 1.000 205 105
Phil-Pitt      3  2 1  .600 135 132 GREEN BAY      4  2 1  .667 160 123
New York       2  2 1  .500  97  84 Detroit        3  4 1  .429 124 141
Brooklyn       1  6 0  .143  38 172 Chi Cards      0  7 0  .000  45 144
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 14
WASHINGTON 42, Detroit 20           BROOKLYN 13, Phil-Pitt 7
Chi Bears 56, NEW YORK 7            Green Bay 35, Cards 14 at Milwaukee
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
Washington     5  0 1 1.000 177  58 Chi Bears      7  0 1 1.000 261 112
Phil-Pitt      3  3 1  .500 142 145 GREEN BAY      5  2 1  .714 195 137
New York       2  3 1  .400 104 140 Detroit        3  5 1  .375 144 183
Brooklyn       2  6 0  .250  51 179 Chi Cards      0  8 0  .000  59 179
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
Z-Washington   6  0 1 1.000 198  65 Chi Bears      7  1 1  .875 268 133
Phil-Pitt      4  3 1  .571 177 179 GREEN BAY      6  2 1  .750 226 144
New York       3  3 1  .500 125 154 Detroit        3  6 1  .333 178 218
Brooklyn       2  7 0  .222  58 210 Chi Cards      0  9 0  .000  73 200
Z-Clinched Tie for Division Title
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 28
Phil-Pitt 27, WASHINGTON 14         NEW YORK 24, Brooklyn 7
Chi Bears 35, CHI CARDS 24
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
Z-Washington   6  1 1  .857 212  92 Z-Chi Bears    8  1 1  .889 303 157
Phil-Pitt      5  3 1  .625 204 193 GREEN BAY      6  2 1  .750 226 144
New York       4  3 1  .571 149 161 Detroit        3  6 1  .333 178 218
Brooklyn       2  8 0  .200  65 234 Chi Cards      0 10 0  .000  97 235
Z-Clinched Tie for Division Title
SUNDAY DECEMBER 5
NEW YORK 14, Washington 10          Green Bay 38, Phil-Pitt 28 at Philadelphia
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
Z-Washington   6  2 1  .750 222 106 Z-Chi Bears    8  1 1  .889 303 157
New York       5  3 1  .625 163 171 GREEN BAY      7  2 1  .778 264 172
Phil-Pit       5  4 1  .556 232 231 Detroit        3  6 1  .333 178 218
Brooklyn       2  8 0  .200  65 234 Chi Cards      0 10 0  .000  97 235
Z-Clinched Tie for Division Title   X-Clinched Division Title
SUNDAY DECEMBER 12
New York 31, WASHINGTON 7
NFL EASTERN DIVISION                NFL WESTERN DIVISION
Z-Washington   6  3 1  .667 229 137 Z-Chi Bears    8  1 1  .889 303 157
Z-New York     6  3 1  .667 197 170 GREEN BAY      7  2 1  .778 264 172
Phil-Pitt      5  4 1  .556 225 230 Detroit        3  6 1  .333 178 218
Brooklyn       2  8 0  .200  65 234 Chi Cards      0 10 0  .000  95 238
Z-Clinched Tie for Division Title   X-Clinched Division Title
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 21
NEW YORK 24, Chi Cards 13           Green Bay 31, BROOKLYN 7
WASHINGTON 21, Chi Bears 7          Phil-Pitt 35, Detroit 34 at Pittsburgh