Great Games of the Gridiron

The NFL Championship Games 1933-65
Great Games of the Gridiron are the 33 NFL Championship Games played before the Super Bowl Era began. These memorable matchups boosted the pro game’s popularity, and helped it become America’s favorite sport. Revisit the spectacular play in some of the greatest games in NFL history.

Great Games of the Gridiron
The NFL Championship Game 1933-1965

Table of Contents
1.  Introduction
2.  1932 NFL “Championship” Game
3.  Papa Bear & the Rules Commitee
4.  The Games 1933-1965
5.  Appendix

NFL Championship Games  

When the league was divided into two divisions in 1933, the NFL Championship Game began.  Division winners played for the title until 1966, when the Super Bowl became pro football’s top prize.

 

1933 Bears 23 Giants 21
1934 Giants 30 Bears 13
1935 Lions 26 Giants  7
1936 Packers 21 Redskins 6 (Boston Redskins)
1937 Redskins 28 Bears 21
1938 Giants 23 Packers 17
1939 Packers 27 Giants  0
1940 Bears 73 Redskins  0
1941 Bears 37 Giants  9
1942 Redskins 14 Bears  6
1943 Bears 41 Redskins 21
1944 Packers 14 Giants  7
1945 Rams 15 Redskins 14 (Cleveland Rams)
1946 Bears 24 Giants 14
1947 Cardinals 28 Eagles 21  (Chicago Cardinals)
1948 Eagles  7 Cardinals  0 (Chicago Cardinals)
1949 Eagles 14 Rams  0
1950 Browns 30 Rams 28
1951 Rams 24 Browns 17
1952 Lions 17 Browns  7
1953 Lions 17 Browns 16
1954 Browns 56 Lions 10
1955 Browns 38 Rams 14
1956 Giants 47 Bears  7
1957 Lions 59 Browns 14
1958 Colts 23 Giants 17
1959 Colts 31 Giants 16
1960 Eagles 17 Packers 13
1961 Packers 37 Giants  0
1962 Packers 16 Giants  7
1963 Bears 14 Giants 10
1964 Browns 27 Colts 0
1965 Packers 23 Browns 12

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