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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
  
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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  %

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
 
 
 

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