1941 New York Giants season

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1941 New York Giants season
Head coach Steve Owen
Home field Polo Grounds
Results
Record 8–3
Division place 1st NFL Eastern
Playoff finish Lost NFL Championship 37–9 (Bears)

The 1941 New York Giants season was the seventeenth season for the club in the National Football League (NFL).

Season recap[edit]

The Giants managed to put together quite a respectable team this year. Ed Danowski was lured out of retirement, Tuffy Leemans' back healed, and Mel Hein was talked out of a potential retirement. The Giants sailed through their first five games—only the Washington Redskins came within a touchdown of them as they outscored their first five opponents, 122–27. But the Brooklyn Dodgers, coached by Jock Sutherland and guided on the field by All-Pro Ace Parker, proved the Giants' most formidable opponents, dealing them two of their three defeats this year.

The Giants clinched the Eastern Division title weeks in advance of the regular season finale, but no NFL players could have been prepared for the Attack on Pearl Harbor to occur less than fifteen minutes before kickoff of Week 14; the three games that day were not interrupted, but a bye week was observed before proceeding to the championship game.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result
2 September 13, 1941 at Philadelphia Eagles W 24–0
4 September 28, 1941 at Washington Redskins W 17–10
5 October 5, 1941 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 37–10
6 October 12, 1941 Philadelphia Eagles W 16–0
7 October 19, 1941 Pittsburgh Steelers W 28–7
8 October 26, 1941 at Brooklyn Dodgers L 16–13
9 November 2, 1941 at Chicago Cardinals L 10–7
10 November 9, 1941 Detroit Lions W 20–13
11 November 16, 1941 Cleveland Rams W 49–14
12 November 23, 1941 Washington Redskins W 20–13
14 December 7, 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers L 21–7

Game Summaries[edit]

Week Two: at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Three: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 3 14 0 7 24
Eagles 0 0 0 0 0

at Philadelphia Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: September 13
  • Game attendance: 25,478
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Fourth quarter

Week Four: at Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Four: New York Giants at Washington Redskins
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 7 0 7 3 17
Redskins 0 7 0 3 10

at Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.

  • Date: September 28
  • Game attendance: 35,677
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • NYG Vince Dennery 65-yard pass from Andy Marefos (Marefos kick)
Fourth quarter
  • WAS Masterson 10-yard FG
  • NYG Cuff 14-yard FG

Week Five: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Five: New York Giants at Pittsburgh Steelers
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 3 0 14 20 37
Steelers 3 0 7 0 10

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: October 5
  • Game attendance: 13,458
Game information
First quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Poole 16-yard pass from Len Eshmont (Cuff kick)
  • NYG Frank Reagan 21-yard run (conversion failed)
  • NYG Reagan 8-yard run (Cuff kick)

Week Six: vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Six: Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 0 0 0 0
Giants 7 3 0 6 16

at Polo Grounds, New York, New York

  • Date: October 12
  • Game attendance: 30,842
Game information
First quarter
  • NYG Poole 5-yard blocked punt return (Cuff kick)
Second quarter
  • NYG Marefos 38-yard FG
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Yeager 39-yard run (conversion failed)

Week Seven: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Seven: New York Giants at Pittsburgh Steelers
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 0 0 7
Giants 0 7 7 14 28

at Polo Grounds, New York, New York

  • Date: October 19
  • Game attendance: 34,604
Game information
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • NYG Leemans 1-yard run (Cuff kick)
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Marefos 1-yard run (Marefos kick)
  • NYG Reagan 3-yard run (Marefos kick)

Week Eight: at Brooklyn Dodgers[edit]

Week Six: New York Giants at Brooklyn Dodgers
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 10 3 0 13
Dodgers 0 7 7 6 20

at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York

  • Date: October 26
  • Game attendance: 28,675
Game information
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter

Week Nine: vs. Chicago Cardinals[edit]

Week Nine: Chicago Cardinals at New York Giants
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 7 3 0 10
Giants 7 0 0 0 7

at Polo Grounds, New York, New York

  • Date: November 2
  • Game attendance: 29,829
Game information
First quarter
  • NYG Leemans 6-yard run (Cuff kick)
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • CHC Daddio 16-yard FG

Week Ten: vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Ten: Detroit Lions at New York Giants
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 6 0 7 13
Giants 7 3 3 7 20

at Polo Grounds, New York, New York

  • Date: November 9
  • Game attendance: 27,875
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • DET Steve Belichick 8-yard run (conversion failed)
  • NYG Marefos 11-yard FG
Third quarter
  • NYG Cuff 30-yard FG
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Leemans 2-yard run (Cuff kick)
  • DET Belichick 8-yard run (Augie Lio kick)

Week Eleven: vs. Cleveland Rams[edit]

Week Eleven: Cleveland Rams at New York Giants
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 7 7 0 0 14
Giants 14 21 7 7 49

at Polo Grounds, New York, New York

  • Date: November 16
  • Game attendance: 32,740
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • NYG Yeager 6-yard pass from Ed Danowski (Cuff kick)
  • CLE Maury Patt 2-yard pass from Hall (Adams kick)
  • NYG Yeager 65-yard pass from Danowski (Cuff kick)
  • NYG Doug Oldershaw 26-yard interception return (Cuff kick)
Third quarter
  • NYG Franck 44-yard pass from Leemans (Marefos kick)
Fourth quarter

Week Twelve: vs. Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Twelve: Washington Redskins at New York Giants
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 0 0 13 13
Giants 0 0 10 10 20

at Polo Grounds, New York, New York

  • Date: November 23
  • Game attendance: 49,317
Game information
Third quarter
  • NYG Franck 3-yard run (Cuff kick)
  • NYG Marefos 23-yard FG
Fourth quarter

Week Fourteen: vs. Brooklyn Dodgers[edit]

Week Fourteen: Brooklyn Dodgers at New York Giants
1 2 3 4 Total
Dodgers 0 7 7 7 21
Giants 0 0 0 7 7

at Polo Grounds, New York, New York

  • Date: December 7
  • Game attendance: 55,051
Game information
Second quarter
  • BRK Manders 3-yard run (Condit kick)
Third quarter
  • BRK Manders 65-yard interception return (Condit kick)
Fourth quarter
  • BRK Manders 2-yard run (Condit kick)
  • NYG Eakin 38-yard pass from Soar (Soar kick)

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result
Championship December 21, 1941 at Chicago Bears L 37–9

1941 NFL Championship: at Chicago Bears[edit]

1941 NFL Championship: New York Giants at Chicago Bears
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 6 0 3 0 9
Bears 3 6 14 14 37

at Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: December 21
  • Game attendance: 13,341
Game information
First quarter
  • CHB Bob Snyder 14-yard FG
  • NYG Franck 31-yard pass from Leemans (conversion failed)
Second quarter
  • CHB Snyder 39-yard FG
  • CHB Snyder 37-yard FG
Third quarter
Fourth quarter

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
New York Giants 8 3 0 .727 6–2 238 114 L1
Brooklyn Dodgers 7 4 0 .636 6–2 158 127 W2
Washington Redskins 6 5 0 .545 5–3 176 174 W1
Philadelphia Eagles 2 8 1 .200 1–6–1 119 218 L3
Pittsburgh Steelers 1 9 1 .100 1–6–1 103 276 L2

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

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