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The 1961 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 8th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 4th Canadian Football League season.


CFL News in 1961

The Western Canada Intercollegiate Rugby Union merged with the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union.

The WIFU changed its name to become the Western Football Conference.

The CFL season schedule was partially interlocked to allow teams of the Eastern Football Conference to play the teams of the Western Football Conference.

The 49th edition of the Grey Cup was played in overtime for the first time at Toronto's CNE Stadium. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers won that game by defeating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats by a score of 21-14, to win the championship.

The CFL made some rule changes for the upcoming 1962 season by permitting four defensive backs from each team to have unlimited blocking in rushing plays, as long as they are lined up outside the ends. However, the CFL made the tackle-eligible play to become illegal.

Regular Season Standings


Final regular season standings

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

Western Football Conference
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16 13 3 0 360 251 26
Edmonton Eskimos 16 10 5 1 334 257 21
Calgary Stampeders 16 7 9 0 300 311 14
Saskatchewan Roughriders 16 5 10 1 211 314 11
BC Lions 16 1 13 2 215 393 4
Eastern Football Conference
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 14 10 4 0 340 293 20
Ottawa Rough Riders 14 8 6 0 359 285 16
Toronto Argonauts 14 7 6 1 255 258 15
Montreal Alouettes 14 4 9 1 213 225 9
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.
  • Winnipeg and Hamilton have first round byes.

Grey Cup playoffs

Note: All dates in 1961

Conference Semi-Finals

Western Semi-Finals - Game 1
Edmonton Eskimos @ Calgary Stampeders
Date Away Home
November 11 Edmonton Eskimos 8 Calgary Stampeders 10
Western Semi-Finals - Game 2
Calgary Stampeders @ Edmonton Eskimos
Date Away Home
November 13 Calgary Stampeders 17 Edmonton Eskimos 18
  • Calgary won the total-point series by 27-26. The Stampeders will play the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Western Finals.
Eastern Semi-Finals
Toronto Argonauts @ Ottawa Rough Riders
Date Away Home
November 11 Toronto Argonauts 43 Ottawa Rough Riders 19
  • The Argonauts will play the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Eastern Finals.

Conference Finals

Western Finals - Game 1
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Calgary Stampeders
Date Away Home
November 18 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 14 Calgary Stampeders 1
Western Finals - Game 2
Calgary Stampeders @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Date Away Home
November 22 Calgary Stampeders 14 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 43
  • Winnipeg wins the best of three series 2-0. The Blue Bombers will advance to the Grey Cup Championship game.
Eastern Finals - Game 1
Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ Toronto Argonauts
Date Away Home
November 18 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 7 Toronto Argonauts 25
Eastern Finals - Game 2
Toronto Argonauts @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Date Away Home
November 25 Toronto Argonauts 2 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 48 OT
  • Hamilton won 2 game total-point series by 55-27. The Tiger-Cats will advance to the Grey Cup Championship game.

Grey Cup Championship

December 2

49th Annual Grey Cup Game: Exhibition Stadium - Toronto, Ontario

Western Champion Eastern Champion
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 21 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 14 OT
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are the 1961 Grey Cup Champions

1961 CFL Awards

Preceded by
1960 CFL season
CFL seasons Succeeded by
1962 CFL season


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