|Date||December 26, 1943|
|Stadium||Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois|
|Radio in the United States|
The 1943 National Football League Championship Game was the 11th annual title game of the National Football League (NFL), held at Wrigley Field in Chicago on December 26 with an attendance of 34,320.
The previous week, the Redskins had defeated the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds in a playoff game by a score of 28-0 to determine the champs of the east, after the teams ended the regular season with identical records. The Redskins had dropped their final three regular season games, including two to the Giants. Even though the Giants had swept the season series with Washington, the rules of the time called for a tiebreaker game (division tiebreaker games were eliminated in 1967 with the development of divisional tiebreaking rules).
The divisional playoff game pushed the championship game back to its latest ever date, and the late-December Chicago weather caused the game to be dubbed the "Ice Bowl." The Bears were favored by a touchdown, and won by twenty points, 41-21.
The crowd was smaller than the previous year's and well off the championship game record of 48,120 set in 1938, but the gross gate receipts of $120,500 set a record. In addition to the gate, radio broadcast rights to the game were sold for $5,000.
|Jim Benton||Left end||Bob Masterson|
|Dom Sigillo||Left tackle||Lou Rymkus|
|Dan Fortmann||Left guard||Clyde Shugart|
|Bulldog Turner||Center||George Smith|
|George Musso||Right guard||Steve Slivinski|
|Al Hoptowit||Right tackle||Joe Pasqua|
|George Wilson||Right end||Joe Aguirre|
|Sid Luckman||Quarterback||Ray Hare|
|Harry Clarke||Left halfback||George Cafego|
|Dante Magnani||Right halfback||Frank Seno|
|Bob Masters||Fullback||Andy Farkas|
Sunday, December 26, 1943
Kickoff: 2 p.m. CWT (CDT)
|66||Punt return yards||37|
|21||Kickoff return yards||167|
Each player on the Bears took home $1,135 while each member of the Redskins got $754.