2001 CFL season

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2001 CFL season
Regular season
Duration July 4, 2001 – November 6, 2001
Playoffs
Start date November 11, 2001
East Champions Winnipeg Blue Bombers2001-11-11
West Champions Calgary Stampeders2001-11-11
89th Grey Cup
Date November 25, 2001
Site Olympic Stadium, Montreal
Champions Calgary Stampeders
2000  CFL seasons  2002

The 2001 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 48th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 44th Canadian Football League season.

CFL news in 2001[edit]

The Canadian Football League were able to get new corporate partnerships who bought into the philosophy of "less is more". Television ratings grew again, especially in the ages 13–34 category, in 2001. TSN saw a ratings growth of 55%, while RDS grew by 116%.

The CFL suspended its Week 11 games due to the 9/11 attacks.

The CFL officially returned to Ottawa when they were guaranteed an expansion franchise on October 16. The ownership group led by Brad Watters unveiled the new franchise as the Ottawa Renegades. The ownership group were also guaranteed the 92nd annual Grey Cup game in 2004.

About 65,255 fans bought tickets to watch the 89th Grey Cup game at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, making it the second largest attendance draw in CFL history.

The Canadian Football League offices in downtown Toronto moved to Wellington St. East, after having their offices at Eglinton St. for the last 10 years.

Records: Saskatchewan's Paul McCallum broke the record for longest field goal in CFL history by booting a 62-yard field goal against the Edmonton Eskimos on October 27, 2001 in a 12–3 victory at Taylor Field.[1]

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers tied a CFL record by winning 12 consecutive games. [2]

The 2001 CFL season, along with the 1999 CFL season, would be one of the closest times when an East Division team could have crossed over to the West Division for that division's last playoff spot since the introduction of the crossover in 1995. The Toronto Argonauts had to only win one more game to go 8–10–1, to beat the BC Lions final standings by an overtime loss advantage, or the Lions had to lose a game for the same result. This was settled in the last game of the season for both teams. The opposing team, which was the same team for both, was the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, longtime rivals of Toronto. The Tiger-Cats were defeated by BC, but defeated Toronto, ensuring no crossover. Close wins and losses by both teams against the Saskatchewan Roughriders also played a role in the final standing outcome.

Regular season standings[edit]

Final regular season standings[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points

West Division
Team GP W L T OTL PF PA Pts
Edmonton Eskimos 18 9 9 0 1 439 463 19
Calgary Stampeders 18 8 10 0 1 478 476 17
BC Lions 18 8 10 0 0 417 445 16
Saskatchewan Roughriders 18 6 12 0 0 308 416 12
East Division
Team GP W L T OTL PF PA Pts
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18 14 4 0 0 509 383 28
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 18 11 7 0 0 440 420 22
Montreal Alouettes 18 9 9 0 0 454 419 18
Toronto Argonauts 18 7 11 0 1 432 455 15
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.
  • Teams losing in overtime are awarded one point.
  • Edmonton and Winnipeg both have first round byes.

Grey Cup playoffs[edit]

The Calgary Stampeders are the 2001 Grey Cup Champions, defeating the heavily-favoured Winnipeg Blue Bombers 27–19 at Montreal's Olympic Stadium. The Calgary Stampeders became the second team in history to have a regular-season losing record to win the Grey Cup. The Stampeders' Marcus Crandell (QB) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player and Aldi Henry (DB) was the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian.

Playoff bracket[edit]

  November 11: Division Semifinals     November 18: Division Finals     November 25: 89th Grey Cup @ Olympic StadiumMontreal, QC
                           
  East     E2  Hamilton Tiger-Cats 13  
  E3  Montreal Alouettes 12     E1  Winnipeg Blue Bombers 28    
  E2  Hamilton Tiger-Cats 24         E1  Winnipeg Blue Bombers 19
      W2  Calgary Stampeders 27
  West     W2  Calgary Stampeders 34    
  W3  BC Lions 19     W1  Edmonton Eskimos 16  
  W2  Calgary Stampeders 28  

CFL Leaders[edit]

2001 CFL All-Stars[edit]

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Special teams[edit]

2001 Western All-Stars[edit]

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2001 Eastern All-Stars[edit]

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2001 Intergold CFLPA All-Stars[edit]

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Special teams[edit]

Head Coach[edit]

[2]

2001 CFL Awards[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
2000 CFL season
CFL seasons Succeeded by
2002 CFL season