1973 CFL season

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1973 CFL season
Playoffs
East Champions Ottawa Rough Riders
West Champions Edmonton Eskimos
61st Grey Cup
ChampionsOttawa Rough Riders
  1972 CFL seasons 1974  

The 1973 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 20th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 16th Canadian Football League season.

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CFL News in 1973

Both the Western and Eastern Conferences adopt the same playoff procedure, consisting of the second place teams in each conference hosting the third place teams in the conference semifinal games and the first place teams hosting the semi-finals' winners in the conference finals. All rounds now consisted of single-game playoffs, as opposed to a two-game total point series (although this format would return in use by what was by then the East Division in 1986 only); the West adopted this format the previous year. Other than the addition of the crossover rule in 1997, this playoff format is in still in use in the CFL.

This was the final season where the conferences would play seasons of different lengths. The Eastern Conference would expand its schedule to sixteen games for 1974. Somewhat ironically, this was also the most recent season (as of 2017) where a fourth-placed Eastern team would earn more points (despite playing fewer games) than the third placed Western team - the scenario which triggers a "crossover" under the current playoff format.

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
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Edmonton Eskimos 1695232928420
Saskatchewan Roughriders 16106036028720
BC Lions 1659226132812
Calgary Stampeders 16610021436812
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1641112673159
Eastern Football Conference
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Ottawa Rough Riders 1495027523418
Toronto Argonauts 1475226523116
Montreal Alouettes 1476127323815
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1477030426314
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.
  • Edmonton and Ottawa have first round byes.

Grey Cup playoffs

The Ottawa Rough Riders are the 1973 Grey Cup champions, defeating the Edmonton Eskimos, 22–18, at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium. Ottawa's Charlie Brandon (DE) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player, while Edmonton's Garry Lefebvre (DB) was named Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian.

Playoff bracket

 November 10/11: Division Semifinals  November 17/18: Division Finals  November 25: 61st Grey Cup @ Exhibition StadiumToronto
              
 East  E2 Montreal Alouettes 14 
 E3 Montreal Alouettes 32*  E1 Ottawa Rough Riders 23  
 E2 Toronto Argonauts 10    E1 Ottawa Rough Riders 22
   W1 Edmonton Eskimos 18
 West  W2 Saskatchewan Roughriders 23  
 W3 BC Lions 13  W1 Edmonton Eskimos 25 
 W2 Saskatchewan Roughriders 33 

*-Team won in Overtime.

CFL Leaders

1973 CFL All-Stars

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1973 Eastern All-Stars

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1973 Western All-Stars

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1973 CFL Awards

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References

  1. "CFLapedia".