National Football League v Canadian Football League 1950-1961

National Football League v Canadian Footbal League Cartoon (Bears v Alouettes) [Ref: 2]

NFL v CFL Preseason Games 1950-1961

DateLocationNFL TeamCFL Team
12.08.50Ottawa, CanadaNew York Giants27Ottawa Rough Riders6
11.08.51Ottawa, CanadaNew York Giants41Ottawa Rough Riders18
05.08.59Toronto, CanadaChicago Cardinals55Toronto Argonauts26
03.08.60Toronto, CanadaPittsburgh Steelers43Toronto argonauts16
02.08.61Toronto, CanadaSt. Louis Cardinals36Toronto Argonauts7
05.08.61Montreal, CanadaChicago Bears34Montreal Alouettes16
08.08.61Hamilton, CanadaBuffalo Bills21Hamilton Tiger-Cats38
National Football League v Canadian Football League 1950-1961 [Ref: 1]


Between 1950 and 1961 the National Football League played 7 matches in Canada against Canadian Football League Opposition. These games were during the NFL preseason, but in the middle of the CFL season. Hamilton Tiger-Cats were the only Canadian team to record a victory – 38-21 versus Buffalo Bills.



[1] National Football League (2018) 2018 Official National Football League Record & Factbook | International Games | page 510 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 9 June 2019]


[2] Ninety-Nine Yards, Chris Lawton (2020) An International Fixture: When the CFL played teams from other leagues [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 14 May 2020]


Thanks to Robert Burns, Steve Hearn, Anton Pippo O’Grady, John Wills, John Morahan & John Kane.

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