The Grand Final win against Melbourne was the culmination of the best season by any club in League history.
Essendon won the pre-season cup and then 24 of the next 25 AFL games, remaining on top of the ladder for the entire season.
The club set new records for successive wins (20), wins in a season (24), and its average winning margin of 51 points was also a record.
Bombers captain James Hird won the Norm Smith Medal for his Grand Final performance.
Essendon 4.8 10.16 16.17 19.21 (135)
Melbourne 3.3 5.5 8.8 11.9 (75)
Best: Hird, Blumfield, Barnes, Caracella, Misiti, Wallis
Goals: Barnard 4, Lloyd 4, Caracella 3, Hird 2, Alessio, Bewick, Blumfield, Long, Mercuri, Moorcroft
Norm Smith Medal: James Hird
B: Mark Johnson, Dustin Fletcher, Sean Wellman
HB: Damien Hardwick, Dean Wallis, Dean Solomon
C: Chris Heffernan, Joe Misiti, Blake Caracella
HF: Mark Mercuri, Scott Lucas, James Hird
F: Adam Ramanauskas, Matthew Lloyd, Michael Long
R: John Barnes, Justin Blumfield, Jason Johnson
I: Darren Bewick, Paul Barnard, Steven Alessio, Gary Moorcroft
Coach: Kevin Sheedy
Captain: James Hird
Average age: 25
Average games: 112
Best and fairest: Dustin Fletcher
Leading goalkicker: Matthew Lloyd (109)
All Australian: Damien Hardwick, Dustin Fletcher, James Hird, Matthew Lloyd, Kevin Sheedy (coach)