By Zane Miller
On Sunday, December 26th, 1943, the Chicago Bears defeated the Washington Redskins 41-21 in the 1943 NFL Championship Game to win the 24th championship in NFL history. It was the sixth championship for the Bears franchise. The game was held at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
The season also saw the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers merge their teams, officially becoming the Phil-Pitt Combine, due to the number of players on both teams who had left to serve in World War II. The Steelers and Chicago Cardinals would do a similar merger in 1944.
Out of Playoffs: Green Bay Packers (7-2-1), Phil-Pitt Combine (5-4-1), Detroit Lions (3-6-1), Brooklyn Dodgers (2-8), Chicago Cardinals (0-10)
Out in first round: New York Giants (L 28-0 to Redskins)
Most passing touchdowns: #42 Sid Luckman (Bears)- 28 TD
Most rushing touchdowns: #8 Bill Paschal (Giants)- 10 TD
Most receiving touchdowns: #14 Don Hutson (Packers)- 11 TD
Most interceptions: #33 Sammy Baugh (Redskins)- 11 INT
Best field goal percentage (min. 9 attempts): #14 Ward Cuff (Giants)- 3 for 9, 33.3%
Link to stats database: https://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/1943/
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