All-America Football Conference playoffs

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The All-America Football Conference (AAFC) was an American football league which challenged the established National Football League (NFL) from 1946 to 1949.

From 1946 to 1948, the AAFC determined its champion in a title game between the winners of its two divisions. In 1948, a special playoff game was needed to break a first-place tie in one of the divisions.

In 1949, the league contracted to a single division, so it determined its champion by a four-team single-elimination tournament.

The Cleveland Browns won all four AAFC titles, however their domination and the lack of balance that it demonstrated ultimately hurt the league by diminishing attendance.[1][2][3][4]

AAFC playoff records, as with AAFC records in general, are recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but are not included in the NFL's record book.[5]

All-America Football Conference playoffs
All-America Football Conference logo.svg
AAFC Official Logo
Sport American football
Founded 1944
Inaugural season 1946
Ceased 1949
No. of teams 8
Country United States
Last
champion(s)
Cleveland Browns

1946[edit]

Championship Game[edit]

Cleveland Browns 14, New York Yankees 9

1 2 3 4 Total
New York Yankees (10-3-1) 3 0 6 0 9
Cleveland Browns (12-2-0) 0 7 0 7 14

December 22, 1946 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Scoring
    • N.Y. - FG H. Johnson 21
    • CLE. - Motley 2 run (Groza kick)
    • N.Y. - Sanders 2 run (kick blocked)
    • CLE. - Lavelli 16 pass from Graham (Groza kick)

1947[edit]

Championship Game[edit]

Cleveland Browns 14, New York Yankees 3

1 2 3 4 Total
Cleveland Browns (12-1-1) 7 0 7 0 14
New York Yankees (11-2-1) 0 3 0 0 3

December 14, 1947 at Yankee Stadium, New York, New York

  • Scoring
    • CLE. - Graham 1 run (Groza kick)
    • N.Y. - FG H. Johnson 12
    • CLE. - Jones 4 run (Groza kick)

1948[edit]

Division Playoff[edit]

Buffalo Bills 28, Baltimore Colts 17

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffalo Bills (7-7-0) 0 7 0 21 28
Baltimore Colts (7-7-0) 3 0 14 0 17

Dec. 12, 1948 at Municipal Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Scoring
    • BAL. - FG Grossman 16
    • BUF. - O'Connor 5 pass from Ratterman (Armstrong kick)
    • BAL. - Mertes 9 run (Grossman kick)
    • BAL. - Mertes 1 run (Grossman kick)
    • BUF. - Gompers 66 pass from Ratterman (Armstrong kick)
    • BUF. - Baldwin 25 pass from Ratterman (Armstrong kick)
    • BUF. - Hirsch 20 pass interception (Armstrong kick)

Championship Game[edit]

Cleveland Browns 49, Buffalo Bills 7

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffalo Bills (8-7-0) 0 0 7 0 7
Cleveland Browns (14-0-0) 7 7 14 21 49

Dec. 19, 1948 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Scoring
    • CLE. - E. Jones 3 run (Groza kick)
    • CLE. - Young 18 fumble return (Groza kick)
    • CLE. - E. Jones 9 pass from Graham (Groza kick)
    • CLE. - Motley 29 run (Groza kick)
    • BUF. - Baldwin 10 pass from Still (Armstrong kick)
    • CLE. - Motley 31 run (Groza kick)
    • CLE. - Motley 5 run (Groza kick)
    • CLE. - Saban 39 interception return (Groza kick)

1949[edit]

First-round Games[edit]

Cleveland Browns 31, Buffalo Bills 21

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffalo Bills (5-5-2) 0 14 7 0 21
Cleveland Browns (9-1-2) 10 0 14 7 31

Dec. 4, 1949 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Scoring
    • CLE. - Lavelli 51 pass from Graham (Groza kick)
    • CLE. - FG Groza 31
    • BUF. - Tomasetti 4 pass from Ratterman (Adams kick)
    • BUF. - Mutryn 8 pass from Ratterman (Adams kick)
    • CLE. - E. Jones 2 run (Groza kick)
    • BUF. - Mutryn 30 pass from Ratterman (Adams kick)
    • CLE. - D. Jones 49 pass from Graham (Groza kick)
    • CLE. - Lahr 52 interception return (Groza kick)

San Francisco 49ers 17, New York Yankees 7

1 2 3 4 Total
New York Yankees (8-4-0) 0 7 0 0 7
San Francisco 49ers (9-3-0) 7 3 7 0 17

Dec. 4, 1949 at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California

  • Scoring
    • S.F. - Lilywhite 40 run (Veterano kick)
    • N.Y. - Howard 1 run (H. Johnson kick)
    • S.F. - FG Veterano 38
    • S.F. - Garlin 10 pass from Albert (Veterano kick)

Championship Game[edit]

Cleveland Browns 21, San Francisco 49ers 7

1 2 3 4 Total
San Francisco 49ers (10-3-0) 0 0 0 7 7
Cleveland Browns (10-1-2) 7 0 7 7 21

Dec. 11, 1949 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Scoring
    • CLE. - E. Jones 2 run (Groza kick)
    • CLE. - Motley 63 run (Groza kick)
    • S.F. - Salata 23 pass from Albert (Veterano kick)
    • CLE. - D. Jones 4 run (Groza kick)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The NFL's Official Encyclopedic History of Professional Football, 1977: The AAFC, pgs. 245-251
  2. ^ America’s Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured a Nation, by Michael MacCambridge, 2005, pg. 51
  3. ^ The Coffin Corner, Volume 2, 1980 Archived January 19, 2013, on Wayback Machine., published by the Professional Football Researchers Association: All-America Football Conference, by Stan Grosshandler
  4. ^ Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League, 1999, The History of the National Football League, pg. 23
  5. ^ The NFL's Official Encyclopedic History of Professional Football, 1977: Introduction, pgs. 7-8
  • Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)