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Encyclopedia > NFL Playoff Game, 1932

The 1932 NFL Playoff Game was the first ever playoff game held by the National Football League (NFL), the major professional American football sports league in the United States. Due to extremely cold weather, the game was played indoors on December 18, 1932 at Chicago Stadium in Chicago. The final score was Chicago Bears 9, Portsmouth Spartans 0. Image File history File links 1932_NFL_playoff_game. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... December 18 is the 352nd day of the year (353rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will take you to a full 1932 calendar). ... Chicago Stadium was known as The Madhouse On Madison. The Chicago Stadium was a famed and historic indoor arena in Chicago, Illinois. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner McCaskey Family General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear Local radio Flagship stations: WBBM (780 AM) Announcers: Jeff Joniak... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ...

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Background

Since the NFL's first season in 1920, every league title had been awarded to the team with the best regular season record, based on winning percentage, with ties omitted. In the 1932 NFL season, the Spartans and the Bears tied for first place (6-1), and for the first time the league arranged for a playoff game to determine the NFL champion (the Green Bay Packers had won ten games, but had also lost three, giving them a lower winning percentage). Because the championship game counted in the final standings, the loser would finish third, behind Green Bay. The 1920 NFL season was the 1st regular season of the National Football League. ... The regular season is a term used, primarily, in North American sports. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... The 1932 NFL season was the 13th regular season of the National Football League. ... The National Football League (NFL) playoffs is a single-elimination tournament held at the end of the 16-game regular season to determine the NFL champion. ... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Forest Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner Green Bay Packers, Inc. ...


The game was set to be played at Wrigley Field, the Bears' home stadium. But because of severe blizzards and sub-zero wind chill throughout the week, the game was moved indoors to Chicago Stadium. It has been suggested that Eamus catuli be merged into this article or section. ... Blizzards are characterized by high winds and blinding precipitation Sudden blizzards can cause terrible damage to infrastructure as well as danger to human life. ... Wind chill is the apparent temperature felt on the exposed human (or animal) body due to the combination of air temperature and wind speed. ...


Because of the limited dimensions of the indoor arena, special rules were adopted for the game. The dirt-covered field itself was only 80 yards long and 30 feet narrower. The sidelines were butted up against the stands. The goal posts were moved from the endlines to the goal lines. The ball was automatically moved back to the 20-yard line every time one team crossed midfield. And for the first time, all plays would start with the ball on or between the hash marks, which were ten yards from the sidelines.


Game summary

Quarter 1 2 3 4 Tot
Spartans 0 0 0 0 0
Bears 0 0 0 9 9

Both teams' defenses dominated the first three quarters of the game. Then in the fourth quarter, the Bears scored on a controversial touchdown. On the play, Charles "Dutch" Brumbaugh handed the ball off to Bronko Nagurski, who then threw it to Red Grange in the end zone for the score. Rules at the time mandated that a forward pass had to be thrown from at least five yards behind the line of scrimmage. The Spartans argued that Nagurski did not drop back five yards before passing to Grange, but the touchdown stood. The Bears later scored a safety to clinch the victory. A touchdown is the primary method of scoring in American and Canadian football, in which the ball carrier causes the football to break the plane of the end zone, or an eligible receiver catches a forward pass in the end zone, thus earning 6 points for his team (in both... Bronislau Bronko Nagurski (November 3, 1908 - January 7, 1990) was an American football player. ... Harold Edward Grange, better known as Red Grange (June 13, 1903 - January 28, 1991), was a college football player. ... In American and Canadian football the line of scrimmage is the imaginary transverse line crossing the football field across its narrower dimension, which passes through the last position of the football, after the end of the most recent play and following the assessment of any penalty yards. ... Warning signs, such as this one, can improve safety awareness. ...


Scoring summary

  • CHI - Grange 2 pass from Nagurski (Engebretsen kick)
  • CHI - Safety, Wilson tackled in end zone

Effect on American football

Because it proved so popular, the 1932 NFL Playoff Game started a new era for the National Football League. Through 1932, the league had used the same rules as college football. Beginning with the 1933 season, the NFL introduced its own rules. The goal posts were moved from the end line to the goal line. The forward pass became legal anywhere behind the line of scrimmage. All plays would start with the ball on or between the hash marks. A college football game between Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy. ... The 1933 NFL season was the 14th regular season of the National Football League. ... In several forms of football a forward pass is when the ball is thrown from one player to another on the same team, ending closer to the opponents goal line. ...


In 1933, the NFL divided its teams into two divisions. The winners of each division would play in a scheduled championship game to determine the NFL champion. The 1933 NFL season was the 14th regular season of the National Football League. ... This is a list of National Football League champions prior to the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger, that is, all the franchises that have won the championship of the National Football League. ...


The 1932 NFL Playoff Game is also regarded as the first major indoor football game, a variation of American football with rules modified to make it suitable for play inside arenas. While several attempts to develop a true indoor football game have been made since then, the only version to meet with anything resembling true success and acceptance has been arena football. Indoor football is a variation of American football with rules modified to make it suitable for play within basketball gymnasiums and, particularly, ice hockey arenas. ... Arena football is a sport invented by Jim Foster, a former executive of the United States Football League and the National Football League. ...


References

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame: The First Playoff Game (Retrieved September 23, 2005)
  • Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0062701746)
  • NFL.com This Date in NFL History 18-Dec-1932
Pre-Super Bowl Championships
NFL Championship Game

1933 | 1934 | 1935 | 1936 | 1937 | 1938 | 1939 | 1940 | 1941 | 1942 | 1943 | 1944 | 1945 | 1946 | 1947 | 1948 | 1949 The 1934 NFL Championship Game, also known as The Sneakers Game, was played at the Polo Grounds in New York City on December 9, 1934. ... The 1940 National Football League Championship Game, was played at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. on December 8, 1940. ... In the 1945 National Football League Championship Game, the Cleveland Rams defeated the Washington Redskins, 15–14, at Cleveland Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio on December 16, 1945. ...


1950 | 1951 | 1952 | 1953 | 1954 | 1955 | 1956 | 1957 | 1958 | 1959 | 1960 | 1961 | 1962 | 1963 | 1964 | 1965 | 1966 The 1958 National Football League Championship Game was played on December 28, 1958 at Yankee Stadium in New York City. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ...


1967 | 1968 | 1969 The referee signals a touchdown after quarterback Bart Starr sneaks in for the game-winning score in The Ice Bowl. ... The 1969 NFL Championship game was the 37th and final championship game played prior to AFL-NFL Merger. ...

AFL Championship Game

1960 | 1961 | 1962 | 1963 | 1964 | 1965 | 1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969 From 1960 to 1968, the American Football League determined its champion via a single playoff game between the winners of its two divisions. ... From 1960 to 1968, the American Football League determined its champion via a single playoff game between the winners of its two divisions. ... From 1960 to 1968, the American Football League determined its champion via a single playoff game between the winners of its two divisions. ... From 1960 to 1968, the American Football League determined its champion via a single playoff game between the winners of its two divisions. ... From 1960 to 1968, the American Football League determined its champion via a single playoff game between the winners of its two divisions. ... From 1960 to 1968, the American Football League determined its champion via a single playoff game between the winners of its two divisions. ... From 1960 to 1968, the American Football League determined its champion via a single playoff game between the winners of its two divisions. ... From 1960 to 1968, the American Football League determined its champion via a single playoff game between the winners of its two divisions. ... From 1960 to 1968, the American Football League determined its champion via a single playoff game between the winners of its two divisions. ... From 1960 to 1968, the American Football League determined its champion via a single playoff game between the winners of its two divisions. ...

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