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1941 New York Giants season


1941 New York Giants season

This article is about the football team. For the baseball team of the same name in 1941, see 1941 New York Giants (MLB) season.
1941 New York Giants season
Head coach Steve Owen
Home field Polo Grounds
Record 8–3
Division place 1st NFL Eastern
Playoff finish Lost NFL Championship 37–9 (Bears)
Previous season      Next season
< 1940      1942 >

The 1941 New York Giants season was the seventeenth season for the club in the National Football League.

Season recap

The Giants managed to put together a quite respectable team that year. Ed Danowski was lured out of retirement, Tuffy Leemans' back healed, and Mel Hein was talked out of a potential retirement. The New Yorkers virtually sailed through their first 5 games, with only the Washington Redskins coming within a touchdown of them as they outscored their opponents, 122–27. But the Brooklyn Dodgers, coached by Jock Sutherland and guided on the field by All-Pro Ace Parker, dealt their first loss of the season over at Ebbets Field. Then after an upset by the cellar-dwelling Chicago Cardinals of the NFL West, The Giants got back on track.

By the last game of the season, the Giants had clinched the NFL East title with a record of 8–3. It mattered little that they lost that Sunday December 7, 1941, at the Polo Grounds to the Dodgers 21–7. It mattered much more, of course, that while they were playing that game Pearl Harbor was under attack by the Japanese. For the United States of America, World War II had begun.


Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 13, 1941 at Philadelphia Eagles W 24–0
2 September 28, 1941 at Washington Redskins W 17–10
3 October 5, 1941 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 37–10
4 October 12, 1941 Philadelphia Eagles W 16–0
5 October 19, 1941 Pittsburgh Steelers W 28–7
6 October 26, 1941 at Brooklyn Dodgers L 16–13
7 November 2, 1941 at Chicago Cardinals L 10–7
8 November 9, 1941 Detroit Lions W 20–13
9 November 16, 1941 Cleveland Rams W 49–14
10 November 23, 1941 Washington Redskins W 20–13
11 December 7, 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers L 21–7


Week Date Opponent Result
Championship December 21, 1941 at Chicago Bears L 37–9


NFL Eastern
New York Giants 8 3 0 .727 238 114 L-1
Brooklyn Dodgers 7 4 0 .636 158 127 W-2
Washington Redskins 6 5 0 .545 176 174 W-1
Philadelphia Eagles 2 8 1 .200 119 218 L-3
Pittsburgh Steelers 1 9 1 .100 103 276 L-2

NFL Championship Game


1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 6 0 3 0 9
Bears 3 6 14 14 37
  • First Quarter
  • Second Quarter
    • CH – FG Snyder 39
    • CH – FG Snyder 37
  • Third Quarter
  • Fourth Quarter

See also

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