1932 Chicago Bears

NFL Champions

The practice of awarding the league championship to the team with the highest winning percentage was ended with the first championship game in pro football. The top two teams in 1932, the Chicago Bears and the Portsmouth Spartans, had identical percentages and so a tie-breaking game was arranged between the two teams, which had tied twice in the regular season.

Due to heavy snow and bitter cold, the game was played inside Chicago Stadium on an 80-yard field, with a few rule adjustments to compensate for the non-regulation field.

With both teams scoreless early in the fourth quarter, Bear Dick Nesbitt intercepted a pass and returned it to the Portsmouth 13-yard line. Several plays later, Bronko Nagurski faked a run from the 2-yard line and threw a touchdown pass to Red Grange. This drew a protest from Portsmouth, as they claimed that Nagurski was not 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage, then a requirement for forward passes. The call stood as a touchdown, and a late safety gave the Chicago Bears a 9-0 win, and the NFL title.


Chi 0 GB 0
Chi 0 SI 0
Chi 0 Car 0
GB 2 Chi 0
SI 7 Chi 27
Chi 7 Bos 7
Chi 28 NYG 8
Por 13 Chi 13
Bro 0 Chi 20
Car 0 Chi 34
Chi 7 Por 7
NYG 0 Chi 6
GB 0 Chi 9

Por 0 Chi 9 (playoff)

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