1971 CFL season

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The 1971 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 18th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it was officially the 14th Canadian Football League season.

CFL News for 1971

The Grey Cup Championship was played on artificial turf for the first time in Vancouver. The BC Lions also wore special "CCC"-logo helmets to commemorate the Canadian Confederation Centennial of British Columbia, the province having entered into Canadian Confederation a hundred years earlier, in 1871. The flower in the centre of the "CCC" logo is the pacific dogwood, the official provincial flower of British Columbia.

All CFL teams had their player's last names appearing on the jersey backs (at shoulder height, below the number) beginning this season.

This would be the last year until 2006 that the Edmonton Eskimos would miss the playoffs; in the intervening years, they would reach the playoffs for 33 straight years.

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
Calgary Stampeders 16 9 6 1 290 218 19
Saskatchewan Roughriders 16 9 6 1 347 316 19
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16 7 8 1 366 349 15
BC Lions 16 6 9 1 282 363 13
Edmonton Eskimos 16 6 10 0 237 305 12
Eastern Football Conference
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Toronto Argonauts 14 10 4 0 289 248 20
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 14 7 7 0 242 246 14
Ottawa Rough Riders 14 6 8 0 291 277 12
Montreal Alouettes 14 6 8 0 226 248 12
  • Bold text indicates that the team clinched a playoff berth.
  • Calgary and Toronto had first round byes.

1971 Grey Cup Playoffs

Conference Semi-Finals

Western Semi-Finals
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Saskatchewan Roughriders
Date Away Home
November 6 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 23 Saskatchewan Roughriders 34
Eastern Semi-Finals
Ottawa Rough Riders @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Date Away Home
November 7 Ottawa Rough Riders 4 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 23

Conference Finals

Western Finals – Game 1
Saskatchewan Roughriders @ Calgary Stampeders
Date Away Home
November 13 Saskatchewan Roughriders 21 Calgary Stampeders 30
Western Finals – Game 2
Calgary Stampeders @ Saskatchewan Roughriders
Date Away Home
November 17 Calgary Stampeders 23 Saskatchewan Roughriders 21
  • Calgary won best-of-three series 2–0, advancing to the Grey Cup Championship game.
Eastern Finals – Game 1
Toronto Argonauts @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Date Away Home
November 14 Toronto Argonauts 23 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 8
Eastern Finals – Game 2
Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ Toronto Argonauts
Date Away Home
November 20 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 17 Toronto Argonauts 17
  • Toronto won two-game total-point series 40–25, advancing to the Grey Cup Championship game.

Playoff bracket

  Division Semifinals     Division Finals     59th Grey Cup
                           
  East     E2 Hamilton Tiger Cats 8-17  
  E3 Ottawa Rough Riders 4     E1 Toronto Argonauts 23-17    
  E2 Hamilton Tiger Cats 23         E1 Toronto Argonauts 11
      W1 Calgary Stampeders 14
  West     W2 Saskatchewan Roughriders 21-21    
  W3 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 23     W1 Calgary Stampeders 30-23  
  W2 Saskatchewan Roughriders 34  

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Grey Cup Championship

November 28

59th Annual Grey Cup Game: Empire StadiumVancouver, British Columbia

Western Champion Eastern Champion
Calgary Stampeders 14 Toronto Argonauts 11
The Calgary Stampeders were 1971 Grey Cup Champions

CFL Leaders

1971 CFL All-Stars

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1971 Eastern All-Stars

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1971 Western All-Stars

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1971 CFL Awards

References

  1. ^ "1971". 
  2. ^ "CFLapedia". 
Preceded by
1970 CFL season
CFL seasons Succeeded by
1972 CFL season
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