1947 NFL season

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1947 National Football League season
Regular season
East Champions Philadelphia Eagles
West Champions Chicago Cardinals
Championship Game
Champions Chicago Cardinals

The 1947 NFL season was the 28th regular season of the National Football League. The league expanded the regular season by one game from eleven games per team to twelve, a number that remained constant for fourteen seasons, through 1960.

The season ended when the Chicago Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL Championship Game on December 28.

Major rule changes[edit]

  • A fifth official, the Back Judge, is added to the officiating crew.[1]
  • When a team has less than 11 players on the field prior to a snap or kick, the officials are not to notify them.
  • An illegal use of hands penalty will be called whenever a defensive player uses them to block the vision of a receiver during any pass behind the offensive team's line.
  • During an unsuccessful extra point attempt, the play becomes dead as soon as failure is evident.
  • Roughing the kicker will not be called if he kicks after recovering a loose ball or fumble on the play.
  • All teams are required to use prescribed standard yardage chains, down boxes, and flexible shaft markers.
  • Games are no longer played on Tuesdays.

Division races[edit]

Starting in 1947, the NFL teams played a 12 game schedule rather than 11 games. The twelfth game proved to be crucial for the Steelers, Eagles, Cardinals and Bears. In the Eastern Division, Pittsburgh took a half-game lead over Philadelphia after a 35–24 win in Week Five. On November 30, the Eagles won the rematch, 21–0, to take a 7–3–0 to 7–4–0 lead. The same day, the Cardinals lost to the Giants, 35–31, while the Bears beat Detroit 34–14; the 7–3–0 Cards were a game behind the 8–2–0 Bears in the Western Division.

In Week Twelve, the Cardinals beat the Eagles, 45–21. Pittsburgh beat Boston 17–7, while the Bears lost to the Rams, 17–14. The result was that the Steelers finished at 8–4, and the 7–4 Eagles had to win their last game. The Cardinals and Bears were both at 8–3, and the Western title would go to the winner of their December 14 season-closer. A crowd of 48,632 turned out at Wrigley Field to watch. The Cardinals won the game, 30–21, and the right to host the championship. The same day, Philadelphia beat Green Bay, 28–14, to force a playoff with Pittsburgh.

Final standings[edit]

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against Note: The NFL did not officially count tie games in the standings until 1972

Eastern Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Philadelphia Eagles 8 4 0 .667 308 242
Pittsburgh Steelers 8 4 0 .667 240 259
Boston Yanks 4 7 1 .364 168 256
Washington Redskins 4 8 0 .333 295 367
New York Giants 2 8 2 .200 190 309
Western Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Chicago Cardinals 9 3 0 .750 306 231
Chicago Bears 8 4 0 .667 363 241
Green Bay Packers 6 5 1 .545 274 210
Los Angeles Rams 6 6 0 .500 259 214
Detroit Lions 3 9 0 .250 231 305

Playoffs[edit]

See: 1947 NFL playoffs

Home team in capitals

Eastern Division Playoff Game

  • Philadelphia 21, PITTSBURGH 0

NFL Championship Game

  • CHI. CARDINALS 28, Philadelphia 21

League leaders[edit]

Statistic Name Team Total
Passing Yards Sammy Baugh Washington Redskins 2938
Completion Percentage Sammy Baugh Washington Redskins .593 (210-for-354)
Touchdown Passes Sammy Baugh Washington Redskins 25
Rushing: Yards Steve Van Buren Philadelphia Eagles 1008
Receiving: Yards Mal Kutner Chicago Cardinals 944
Receiving: Catches Jim Keane Chicago Bears 64
Receiving: Touchdowns Ken Kavanaugh Chicago Bears 13
Total Points Scored Pat Harder Chicago Cardinals 102
Punting: Average George Gulyanics Chicago Bears 44.8
Interceptions Frank Reagan New York Giants 10
Frank Seno Boston Yanks 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strickler, George (February 20, 1965). "Sixth N.F.L. official to watch scramblers, clock". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 2.