1938 Green Bay Packers season

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1938 Green Bay Packers season
Head coach Curly Lambeau
Home field City Stadium
Wisconsin State Fair Park
Results
Record 8–3
Division place 1st NFL Western
Playoff finish Lost NFL Championship Game

The 1938 Green Bay Packers season was their 19th season in the National Football League. The club posted an 8–3 record in 1938 under head coach Curly Lambeau, earning them a first-place finish in the Western Division.[1][2]

In the championship game at the Polo Grounds, the Packers lost to the New York Giants 23–17,[3][4] the first of only three losses the Packers have in 13 world championship games. The two teams met again in the title game the following year at Wisconsin State Fair Park, with different results.

This season marked the last Packers' win in Buffalo (where they defeated the Chicago Cardinals by two points on a late field goal on a Wednesday night).[5] Since then, they are winless in six attempts against the Buffalo Bills in western New York, the latest on December 14, 2014.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 11, 1938 Cleveland Rams W 26–17
2 September 18, 1938 Chicago Bears L 2–0
3 September 25, 1938 Chicago Cardinals W 28–7
4 September 28, 1938 at Chicago Cardinals ^ W 24–22
5 October 9, 1938 Detroit Lions L 17–7
6 October 16, 1938 Brooklyn Dodgers W 35–7
7 October 23, 1938 Pittsburgh Pirates W 20–0
8 October 30, 1938 at Cleveland Rams W 28–7
9 November 6, 1938 at Chicago Bears W 24–17
10 November 13, 1938 at Detroit Lions W 28–7
11 November 20, 1938 at New York Giants L 15–3

^ Played at Buffalo, New York, on Wednesday night[5]

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result
Championship December 11, 1938 at New York Giants L 23–17

Standings[edit]

NFL Western Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 8 3 0 .727 6–2 223 118 L1
Detroit Lions 7 4 0 .636 6–2 119 108 L1
Chicago Bears 6 5 0 .545 3–5 194 148 L1
Cleveland Rams 4 7 0 .364 3–5 131 215 W1
Chicago Cardinals 2 9 0 .182 2–6 111 168 W1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lions upset by Eagles; Packers win title". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. December 5, 1938. p. 11. 
  2. ^ Burton, Lewis (December 11, 1938). "Packers, Giants meet for title". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1B. 
  3. ^ Burton, Lewis (December 12, 1938). "Giants defeat Packers, 23-17 for pro title". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 13. 
  4. ^ Gannon, Pat (December 12, 1938). "Giants' early attack defeats Green Bay for title, 23 to 17". Milwaukee Journal. p. 4, part 2. 
  5. ^ a b "Engebretsen's goal beats Cards". Milwaukee Sentinel. September 29, 1938. p. 12.