Great Games of the Gridiron

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

Winning Percentages
The winning percentages of the teams that played in at least three straight championship games

Team Championship Games W-L PCT.
Lions 1935, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957 4-1 .800
Packers 1936, 1938, 1939, 1944, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965 6-2 .750
Eagles 1947, 1948, 1949, 1960 3-1 .750
Bears 1933, 1934, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1956, 1963 7-3 .700
Browns 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1964, 1965 4-5 .444
Rams 1945*, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1955 2-3 .400
Redskins 1936**,1937, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1945 (6 in 10  yrs!) 2-4 .333
Giants 1933, 1934, 1935, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1944, 1946, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963 3-11 .214
*  Cleveland Rams
** Boston Redskins

Great Performances

1933 Bronco Nagurski – Bears
1 touchdown pass, Bears leading rusher, the last play heroics
1937 Sammy Baugh – Redskins
18-33-335, 3 touchdown passes
1943 Sid Luckman – Bears
14-26-276, 5 touchdown passes, 64 yards rushing
1949 Steve Van Buren – Eagles
31 carries for 196 yards
1950 Otto Graham – Browns
22-33-298, 4 touchdown passes, 99 yards rushing
1953 Bobby Layne – Lions
12-25-179, 1 touchdown pass, 44 yards rushing
1954 Otto Graham – Browns
9-12-163, 3 touchdown passes, 3 touchdown runs
1957 Tobin Rote – Lions
12-19-280, 4 touchdown passes, one touchdown run
1958 Johnny Unitas – Colts
26-40-349-1, 8 for 12 on the last two historic drives
1961 Paul Hornung – Packers
19 points, 1 touchdown, 3 field goals, 4 extra points, 89 yards rushing,
47 yards receiving
1964 Gary Collins – Browns
3 touchdown catches
Giants 0 0 0 0 0
Packers 0 24 10. 3 37

GB  Hornung 6yd run (Hornung kick)

GB  Dowler 13yd pass from Starr (Hornung kick)

GB  R. Kramer 14yd pass from Starr (Hornung kick)

GB  Hornung 15yd FG
GB  Hornung 22yd FG
GB  R. Kramer 13yd pass from Starr (Hornung kick)
GB  Hornung 19yd FG

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