|Duration||September 13 – December 13, 1942|
|East Champions||Washington Redskins|
|West Champions||Chicago Bears|
The 1942 NFL season was the 23rd regular season of the National Football League. Before the season, many players left for service in World War II, thus depleting the rosters of all the teams.
The Chicago Bears finished the regular season at 11–0, and faced the 10–1 Washington Redskins in the championship game. Washington, which had been beaten 73–0 in the 1940 title game, got a measure of revenge in spoiling the Bears' hope for a perfect season, winning 14–6.
The 1942 NFL Draft was held on December 22, 1941 at Chicago's Palmer House Hotel. With the first pick, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected runningback Bill Dudley from the University of Virginia.
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
Washington 14, Chi. Bears 6, at Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C., December 13, 1942
|Passing||Cecil Isbell||Green Bay||2021|
|Receiving||Don Hutson||Green Bay||1211|
|Joe F. Carr Trophy (Most Valuable Player)||Don Hutson, Wide receiver, Green Bay|