|Duration||September 20 - December 8, 1946|
|East Champions||New York Giants|
|West Champions||Chicago Bears|
The 1946 NFL season was the 27th regular season of the National Football League. Before the season, Elmer Layden resigned as NFL Commissioner and Bert Bell, co-founder of the Philadelphia Eagles, replaced him. Meanwhile, the All-America Football Conference was formed to rival the NFL, and the Rams became the first NFL team based on the West Coast after they relocated from Cleveland, Ohio, to Los Angeles, California. A regular season game was played on Tuesday, the last until the 2010 season, on October 1, between New York and Boston.
In the Eastern Division, the Giants, Eagles, and Steelers all had 4 wins and 2 losses in Week Seven of an 11-week season, while in the Western Division, the Bears 10-7 win over the Packers (Nov. 3) put them a game ahead of the Rams. In Week Eight, the Giants beat the Eagles 45-17, and the Steelers lost to Detroit 17-7, and the Bears beat the Rams 27-21 to widen their lead. Week Nine the Giants were tied by Boston, 28-28, putting them at 5-2-1, while the Steelers beat the Eagles 10-7 to be a half-game behind at 5-3-1. The teams met in New York in Week Ten, and the Giants' 7-0 win put them in front again.
The final week of the season had the 6-3-1 Giants hosting the 5-4-1 Redskins, and a Washington win would have given them both 6-4-1 records and forced a playoff. That became a moot point with New York's 31-0 win. A crowd of 60,337 turned out at the Polo Grounds, more than the 58,346 that came there for the championship a week later.
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||7||3||1||.700||236||162|
|Los Angeles Rams||6||4||1||.600||277||257|
|Green Bay Packers||6||5||0||.545||148||158|
|Joe F. Carr Trophy (Most Valuable Player)||Bill Dudley, Halfback, Pittsburgh|
|Passing||Sid Luckman||Chicago Bears||1826|
|Receiving||Jim Benton||Los Angeles||981|