1934 NFL season

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1934 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 9 – December 9, 1934
East Champions New York Giants
West Champions Chicago Bears
Championship Game
Champions New York Giants

The 1934 NFL season was the 15th regular season of the National Football League. Before the season, the Portsmouth Spartans moved from Ohio to Detroit, Michigan, and were renamed the Detroit Lions.

The Cincinnati Reds lost their first eight games, then were suspended for not paying league dues. The St. Louis Gunners, an independent team, played the last 3 games of the season for the Reds.

The Ed Thorp Memorial Trophy was established as the league's award for the NFL champion, and was awarded through 1969. The host team for the NFL Championship Game would now alternate between the two divisions, with the Eastern Division champion hosting in even-numbered years, and the Western champion hosting in odd-numbered years.[1]

The season ended with the NFL Championship Game when the New York Giants defeated the Chicago Bears at the Polo Grounds in what has became known as the "Sneakers Game".

Major rule changes[edit]

  • A hand-to-hand forward pass made behind the line of scrimmage that becomes incomplete (hits the ground before it is caught) is to be ruled as a fumble.

Final standings[edit]

P = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against

Eastern Division
Team P W L T PCT PF PA
New York Giants 13 8 5 0 .615 147 107
Boston Redskins 12 6 6 0 .500 107 94
Brooklyn Dodgers 11 4 7 0 .364 61 153
Philadelphia Eagles 11 4 7 0 .364 127 85
Pittsburgh Pirates 12 2 10 0 .167 51 206
Western Division
Team P W L T PCT PF PA
Chicago Bears 13 13 0 0 1.000 286 86
Detroit Lions 13 10 3 0 .769 238 59
Green Bay Packers 13 7 6 0 .538 156 112
Chicago Cardinals 11 5 6 0 .455 80 84
St. Louis Gunners 3 1 2 0 .333 27 61
Cincinnati Reds 8 0 8 0 .000 10 243

NFL Championship Game[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 1934 NFL Championship Game.

N.Y. Giants 30, Chi. Bears 13 at Polo Grounds, New York City, December 9, 1934

League leaders[edit]

Statistic Name Team Yards
Passing Arnie Herber Green Bay 799
Rushing Beattie Feathers Chicago Bears 1004
Receiving Harry Ebding Detroit 264

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thorp memorial trophy for pro football champs". The Day (New London, Connecticut). Associated Press. July 2, 1934. p. 14.