1932 Portsmouth Spartans season

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1932 Portsmouth Spartans season
Head coach George Clark
Home field Universal Stadium
Results
Record 6–2–4
Division place 3rd NFL
Playoff finish Lost NFL Championship Game
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1931 1933 >

In 1932, the Spartans appeared in the league championship game, the first in NFL history, losing to the Chicago Bears 9–0.[1] With a record of 6–1–4 in 1932, the Spartans finish in a tie for the NFL title with the Chicago Bears.[2] It was the first time in history that the season ended with 2 teams atop the league's standings. After the season's final games, the league office arranged for the first playoff game in NFL history.[2]

The game was originally scheduled to be played at Wrigley Field, the Bears' home stadium. Due to severe blizzards and sub-zero wind chill throughout the week, the game was forced to be moved indoors to Chicago Stadium.[citation needed] The arena allowed only an 80-yard field that came right to the walls. The goal posts were moved from the end lines to the goal. The Bears won 9–0, scoring the winning touchdown on a two-yard pass from Nagurski to Grange.[2] Attendance for the game was 11,198.[3]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 25, 1932 New York Giants W 7–0
2 October 2, 1932 Chicago Cardinals T 7–7
3 October 9, 1932 at Green Bay Packers L 15–10
4 October 16, 1932 at Staten Island Stapletons T 7–7
5 October 20, 1932 at Staten Island Stapletons W 13–6
6 October 30, 1932 at New York Giants W 6–0
7 November 6, 1932 at Brooklyn Dodgers W 17–7
8 November 13, 1932 at Chicago Bears T 13–13
9 November 20, 1932 Boston Braves W 10–0
10 November 27, 1932 Chicago Bears T 7–7
11 December 4, 1932 Green Bay Packers W 19–0
12 December 18, 1932 at Chicago Bears L 9–0

Standings[edit]

NFL
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Chicago Bears 7 1 6 .875 160 44 W-3
Green Bay Packers 10 3 1 .769 152 63 L-2
Portsmouth Spartans 6 2 4 .750 116 71 L-1
Boston Braves 4 4 2 .500 55 79 W-2
New York Giants 4 6 2 .400 93 113 L-1
Brooklyn Dodgers 3 9 0 .250 63 131 L-4
Chicago Cardinals 2 6 2 .250 72 114 L-5
Staten Island Stapletons 4 6 2 .400 93 113 L-1

Roster[edit]

Portsmouth Spartans roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists
  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics

NFL Playoff Game: Chicago Bears 9, Portsmouth Spartans 0[edit]

For more details on this topic, see NFL Playoff Game, 1932.

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]