Monsters of Midway

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the 1941 championship game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants. Before the Super Bowl was established in 1967, the NFL championship game was simply called the NFL Championship. So on December 21st, 1941, just 2 weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Western Division Champion Bears and the Eastern Division Champion Giants faced off at Wrigley Field to decide the NFL Championship.

 

In front of a home crowd of 13,341 fans, the “Monsters of Midway” Bears would defeat the Giants by a score of 37-9. The victory would be the Bears’ 2nd consecutive NFL Championship and the second of four championships in six years. Aside from starting a Bears dynasty, a fun fact also came out of this championship game. When Bears kicker Ray McLean kicked the final extra point of the 4th quarter, he became the last player in NFL history to drop kick an extra point in the postseason (Doug Flutie drop kicked an extra point in 2005, but it was in the regular season).

 

 

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