After dropping to eighth in 1945 and missing the finals, Essendon was back in business in 1946, finishing on top and two games clear.
After trailing Melbourne at half-time in the Grand Final, the Bombers kicked 11 goals to one in the third quarter and ran out easy winners.
Gordon Lane kicked seven goals - still the equal highest by an Essendon player in a winning Grand Final.
The game returned to the MCG for the first time since 1941.
Essendon 7.2 9.7 20.15 22.18 (150)
Melbourne 8.3 10.4 11.5 13.9 (87)
Best: Lane, Hutchison, Buttsworth, Ruddell, Bushby, H. Lambert
Goals: Lane 7, Brittingham 4, Hutchison 3, D. Reynolds 3, McClure 2, Equid, Rawle, Cassin
B: L. Gardiner, C. Ruddell, P. Bushby
HB: H. Tonkes, W. Buttsworth, H. Lambert
C: G. Hassell, B. Pearson, B. Harper
HF: H. Equid, G. Lane, D. Reynolds
F: B. McClure, B. Brittingham, K. Rawle
R: G. Abbott, J. Cassin, B. Hutchison
Reserves: J. Jones, C. Lambert
Captain/coach: Dick Reynolds
Best and fairest: Bill Hutchison
Leading goalkicker: Bill Britingham (66)