1976 CFL season

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1976 CFL season
East Champions championsOttawa Rough Riders
West Champions championsSaskatchewan Roughriders
64th Grey Cup
ChampionsOttawa Rough Riders
CFL seasons seasons
← 1975
1977 →
Canadian Football League team locations: Red pog.svg West, Blue 000080 pog.svg East

The 1976 CFL season is considered to be the 23rd season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 19th Canadian Football League season.

CFL news in 1976[edit]

For the first time in Canadian Football League history, more than two million fans attended CFL games, with a total attendance of 2,029,586.

In the CFL All-Star Game, the East team defeated the West, 27-16, in front of 21,762 fans at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton. The game was played before the pre-season on May 29, the first time a CFL contest was held in the month of May (and the last time until 2018).

Regular season standings[edit]

Final regular season standings[edit]

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 11 5 0 427 238 22
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16 10 6 0 384 316 20
Edmonton Eskimos 16 9 6 1 311 367 19
BC Lions 16 5 9 2 308 336 12
Calgary Stampeders 16 2 12 2 316 422 6
Eastern Football Conference
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Ottawa Rough Riders 16 9 6 1 411 346 19
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 16 8 8 0 269 348 16
Montreal Alouettes 16 7 8 1 305 273 15
Toronto Argonauts 16 7 8 1 289 354 15
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.
  • Saskatchewan and Ottawa have first round byes.

Grey Cup playoffs[edit]

The Ottawa Rough Riders are the 1976 Grey Cup champions, defeating the Saskatchewan Roughriders, 23–20, at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium. This was the third championship game between the two Rough Riders with Ottawa winning two out of three games. Ottawa's Tom Clements (QB) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player on Offence and Saskatchewan's Cleveland Vann (LB) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player on Defence. Ottawa's Tony Gabriel (TE) was named Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian.

This was the only year between 1973 and 1982 that the Edmonton Eskimos did not appear in the Grey Cup game.

Playoff bracket[edit]

November 13/14: Conference Semifinals November 20/21: Conference Finals November 28: 64th Grey Cup @ Exhibition StadiumToronto
E2 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 15
E3 Montreal Alouettes 0 E1 Ottawa Rough Riders 17
E2 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 23 E1 Ottawa Rough Riders 23
W1 Saskatchewan Roughriders 20
W3 Edmonton Eskimos 13
W3 Edmonton Eskimos 14 W1 Saskatchewan Roughriders 23
W2 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 12

CFL Leaders[edit]

1976 CFL All-Stars[edit]

Offence[edit]

Defence[edit]

1976 Eastern All-Stars[edit]

Offence[edit]

Defence[edit]

1976 Western All-Stars[edit]

Offence[edit]

Defence[edit]

1976 CFL Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CFLapedia".