1942 National Football League season
Regular season
East Champions Washington Redskins
West Champions Chicago Bears
Championship Game
Champions Washington Redskins
National Football League seasons
 < 1941 1943 > 

The 1942 NFL season was the 23rd regular season of the National Football League. Before the season, many players left for service in World War II, thus depleting the rosters of all the teams.

The Chicago Bears finished the regular season at 11–0, and faced the 10–1 Washington Redskins in the championship game. Washington, which had been beaten 73–0 in the 1940 title game, got a measure of revenge in spoiling the Bears' hope for a perfect season, winning 14–6.

Major rule changesEdit

  • The use of flags on flexible shafts to mark the intersections of goal lines and side lines becomes mandatory.
  • A clarification to the offsides rule is added: The center or snapper is not offsides unless a portion of his body is ahead of the defensive team's line.
  • A half cannot end on a double foul. Instead, the period will be extended by one untimed down.
  • Detachable kicking toes are prohibited.
  • When an encroachment or false start causes the other team to be offsides, only the initial foul is penalized.
  • A forward pass that first touches an ineligible receiver may be intercepted.
  • If the offensive team commits pass interference in their opponent's end zone, it is an automatic touchback.

Final standingsEdit

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

Eastern Division
Washington Redskins 1010.909227102
Pittsburgh Steelers 740.636167119
New York Giants 551.500155139
Brooklyn Dodgers 380.273100168
Philadelphia Eagles 290.182134239
Western Division
Chicago Bears 11001.00037684
Green Bay Packers 821.800300215
Cleveland Rams 560.455150207
Chicago Cardinals 380.27398209
Detroit Lions 0110.00038263

NFL Championship GameEdit

Washington 14, Chi. Bears 6, at Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C., December 13, 1942


Joe F. Carr Trophy (Most Valuable Player)   Don Hutson, Wide receiver, Green Bay


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New York Chicago Cardinals
Philadelphia Cleveland
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Washington Green Bay
1942 NFL DraftNFL Championship
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