1930 NFL season
|Duration||September 14 – December 14, 1930|
|Champions||Green Bay Packers|
The 1930 NFL season was the 11th regular season of the National Football League. Prior to the season, Brooklyn businessmen William B. Dwyer and John C. Depler bought the Dayton Triangles, moved it, and renamed it the Brooklyn Dodgers, eliminating the NFL's last tie to its direct predecessor, the Ohio League. The Orange Tornadoes relocated to Newark and the Buffalo Bisons and the Boston Bulldogs dropped out. The Portsmouth Spartans entered as a new team.
Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers were named the NFL champions for the second straight year after they finished the season with the best record.
Defending champion Green Bay won its first 8 games, including a 14–7 home win over the New York Giants on October 4. By Week Nine, Green Bay was at 8–0–0 and New York right behind at 10–1–0. On November 16, the Packers lost to the Cardinals 13–6, but in New York, the Giants fell to the Bears, 12–0. On November 23, a crowd of 37,000 turned out as the Packers and the Giants met at the Polo Grounds in New York. The Giants' 13–6 win in Week Eleven gave it the lead, 11–2–0 (.846) to the Packers' 8–2–0 (.800). Missed extra points had a big effect, as four days later, the Giants were beaten on Thanksgiving Day by Staten Island, 7–6, while Green Bay defeated Frankford 25–7 to retake the lead at 9–2–0 (.818) to New York's 11–3–0 (.785). The Giants faltered again on Sunday, November 30, when Brooklyn beat them 7–6, again on a missed point after.
In Week Thirteen, the Giants beat the Yellow Jackets, 14–6, while the Packers lost to the Bears, 21–0, cutting Green Bay's hold on first place to 4/10ths of a percentage point, .769 to .765.
The Giants finished their season at 13–4–0, while 10–3–0 Green Bay had a final game at Portsmouth: a loss would have given the Packers a 10–4–0 finish and a .714 percentage, and given the Giants, at .765, the championship. A tie (10–3–1 and .769) or a win (11–3–0 and .785) would assure Green Bay of winning the 1930 title.
Once again, the point after decided the race. On December 14, the Packers scored on Red Dunn's touchdown pass to Wuert Engelmann, but the point after by Verne Lewellen failed, and their lead was 6–0. Chuck Bennett ran for a touchdown for the Spartans, but the extra point attempt by Tiny Lewis was blocked, and when the game ended, the 6–6 tie gave the Packers the 1930 title. Had the current (post-1972) system of counting ties as half a win and half a loss been in place in 1930, the tie would have given the Giants (13-4-0, .765) the title, and Green Bay would have finished runner-up at .750.
|Green Bay Packers||10||3||1||.769||234||111||T1|
|New York Giants||13||4||0||.765||308||98||L1|
|Providence Steam Roller||6||4||1||.600||90||125||L1|
|Staten Island Stapletons||5||5||2||.500||95||112||L1|
|Frankford Yellow Jackets||4||13||1||.235||113||321||T1|
|Minneapolis Red Jackets||1||7||1||.125||27||165||L6|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
- Brooklyn Dodgers: Jack Depler
- Chicago Bears: Ralph Jones
- Chicago Cardinals: Ernie Nevers
- Frankford Yellow Jackets: Bull Behman (10 games) and George Gibson (5 games)
- Green Bay Packers: Curly Lambeau
- Minneapolis Red Jackets: George Gibson
- Newark Tornadoes: Al McGall (3 games), Andy Salata, and Jack Fish (9 games)
- New York Giants: LeRoy Andrews (15 games) and Benny Friedman (2 games)
- Portsmouth Spartans: Hal Griffen
- Providence Steam Roller: Jimmy Conzelman
- Staten Island Stapletons: Doug Wycoff
- "Green Bay Wins Pennant As Spartans Tie", Portsmouth Times, Dec 15, 1932, p10