|1940 National Football League season|
|East Champions||Washington Redskins|
|West Champions||Chicago Bears|
|National Football League seasons
The 1940 NFL season was the 21st regular season of the National Football League. The season ended when the Chicago Bears defeated the Washington Redskins in the NFL Championship Game, 73-0. This game still stands as the most one-sided victory in NFL history. The Pittsburgh Pirates were renamed the Pittsburgh Steelers before the 1940 season.
Major rule changes
- The penalty for a forward pass not from scrimmage is 5 yards.
- Penalties for fouls that occur prior to a pass or kick from behind the line of scrimmage are enforced from the previous spot. However, penalties for fouls during a free ball or when the offensive team fouls behind their line are enforced from the spot of the foul.
- Fouls enforced in the field of play cannot penalize the ball more than half the distance to the offender's goal line.
- If the offensive team commits pass interference in their opponent's end zone, the defense has the choice of 15 yards from the previous spot and a loss of down, or a touchback.
W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against
Note: The NFL did not officially count tie games in the standings until 1972
|New York Giants||6||4||1||.600||131||133|
|Green Bay Packers||6||4||1||.600||238||155|
NFL Championship Game
|Joe F. Carr Trophy (Most Valuable Player)||Ace Parker, Halfback, Brooklyn|
- NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
- NFL History 1931-1940 (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
- 1940 season in details
- Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
1940 NFL Season
|Eastern Division||Western Division|
|New York||Chicago Cardinals|
|1940 NFL Draft • NFL Championship|