^Ted Elbert (January 12, 1962). "PFI Selects its "Illustrious Elevens": Packers Place Ten Members on 22-Man Squad; Lombardi, Ditka, Jordan Hornung Honored Single". Pro Football Illustrated. pp. 1, 4.(based on a poll of "sportswriters and radio-TV broadcasters who were assigned to covering one of the 14 league teams or assigned to a different NFL game each week")
The 1961 NFL season was the 42nd regular season of the National Football League (NFL). The league expanded to 14 teams with the addition of the Minnesota Vikings, after the team's owners declined to be charter members of the new American Football League. The schedule was also expanded from 12 games per team to 14 games per team. The Vikings were placed in the Western Conference, and the Dallas Cowboys were switched from the Western Conference to the Eastern. The addition of the Vikings returned the NFL to an even number of teams (and eliminated the bye week of 1960).
The season ended when the Green Bay Packers shut out the New York Giants 37–0 in the 1961 NFL Championship Game.
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