1966 CFL season

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1966 CFL season
Regular season
Duration June, 1966 – October, 1966
Playoffs
Start date November 6, 1966
East Champions Ottawa Rough Riders1966-11-19
West Champions Saskatchewan Roughriders1966-11-16
54th Grey Cup
Date November 26, 1966
Site Empire Stadium, Vancouver
Champions Saskatchewan Roughriders
1965  CFL seasons  1967

The 1966 Canadian Football League season was the league's ninth season since the 1958 merger of the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union and the Western Interprovincial Football Union to create a national league.

CFL news in 1966

The Canadian Football League made several rule changes. The league started to legalize unlimited blocking on rushing plays and introduced their new goose-necked goal posts. The league rewrote its rule book and reduced it in size.

The Canadian Rugby Union gave their trusteeship of the Grey Cup to the Canadian Football League.

One of the more notable games of the regular season was Montreal's 1-0 victory over Ottawa, the lowest scoring game in CFL history, and only the second 1-0 game since a 1949 win by Winnipeg over Calgary in the WIFU. [1]

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
Saskatchewan Roughriders 16 9 6 1 351 318 19
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16 8 7 1 264 230 17
Edmonton Eskimos 16 6 9 1 251 328 13
Calgary Stampeders 16 6 9 1 227 459 13
BC Lions 16 5 11 0 254 269 10
Eastern Football Conference
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Ottawa Rough Riders 14 11 3 0 278 177 22
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 14 9 5 0 264 160 18
Montreal Alouettes 14 7 7 0 156 215 14
Toronto Argonauts 14 5 9 0 166 271 10
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.
  • Saskatchewan and Ottawa have first round byes.

Grey Cup playoffs

Note: All dates in 1966

Conference semi-finals

Western Semi-Finals
Edmonton Eskimos @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Date Away Home
November 6 Edmonton Eskimos 8 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16
Eastern Semi-Finals
Montreal Alouettes @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Date Away Home
November 6 Montreal Alouettes 14 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 24

Conference finals

Western Finals – Game 1
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Saskatchewan Roughriders
Date Away Home
November 13 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 7 Saskatchewan Roughriders 14
Western Finals – Game 2
Saskatchewan Roughriders @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Date Away Home
November 16 Saskatchewan Roughriders 22 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 19
  • Saskatchewan wins the best of three series 2–0. The Roughriders advance to the Grey Cup Championship game. .
Eastern Finals – Game 1
Ottawa Rough Riders @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Date Away Home
November 13 Ottawa Rough Riders 30 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1
Eastern Finals – Game 2
Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ Ottawa Rough Riders
Date Away Home
November 19 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 16 Ottawa Rough Riders 42
  • Ottawa won 2 game total-point series by 72–17. The Rough Riders will advance to the Grey Cup Championship game.

Playoff bracket

  Division Semifinals     Division Finals     54th Grey Cup
                           
  East     E2  Hamilton Tiger Cats 1-16  
  E3  Montreal Alouettes 14     E1  Ottawa Rough Riders 30-42    
  E2  Hamilton Tiger Cats 24         E1  Ottawa Rough Riders 14
      W1  Saskatchewan Roughriders 29
  West     W2  Winnipeg Blue Bombers 7-19    
  W3  Edmonton Eskimos 8     W1  Saskatchewan Roughriders 14-21  
  W2  Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16  

[2]

Grey Cup Championship

November 26

54th Annual Grey Cup Game: Empire StadiumVancouver, British Columbia

Western Champion Eastern Champion
Saskatchewan Roughriders 29 Ottawa Rough Riders 14
The Saskatchewan Roughriders are the 1966 Grey Cup Champions

CFL Leaders

1966 CFL All-Stars

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1966 Eastern All-Stars

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1966 Western All-Stars

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1966 CFL Awards

References

  1. ^ "Als Slip By Riders 1-0, Tie Record Low", Montreal Gazette, October 31, 1966, p25
  2. ^ "1966". 
  3. ^ "CFLapedia". 
Preceded by
1965 CFL season
CFL seasons Succeeded by
1967 CFL season
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