Baugh, having learned a lot from Marshall's behavior before the 1940 championship game, all but conferred sainthood on the Bears, even though everyone knew how rough they were. "Ah wouldn't say they're meaner than any other team," Baugh said. "The Bears just play harder. That's what they're supposed to do, after all. They make it look rougher because four or five of `em hit a ball carrier at the same time. A lot of `em get the same idea at the same time about making a tackle, and you can't condemn `em for that."
NFL commissioner Elmer Layden ordered "a clean game." Halas, a lieutenant commander in the Navy, flew in from duty in Oklahoma and watched in uniform from the Bears` bench as Heartley (Hunk) Anderson did the coaching, as he would until Halas returned after the war. What Halas saw was the Redskins upsetting Chicago, 14-6, and winning the championship on Baugh's all-round play.