1929 NFL season

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1929 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 22 – December 15, 1929
Champions Green Bay Packers

The 1929 NFL season was the tenth regular season of the National Football League. The league increased back to 12 teams with the addition of the Staten Island Stapletons, Orange Tornadoes and Minneapolis Red Jackets and the re-entry of the Buffalo Bisons. The Pottsville Maroons became the Boston Bulldogs, the New York Yankees folded, and the Detroit Wolverines merged into the New York Giants, with the Giants the surviving partner.


On November 3, the Chicago Cardinals at Providence Steam Roller match became the first NFL game to be played at night under floodlights. Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers were named the NFL champions after finishing the season with the best record.


The league increased back to 12 teams in 1929.

First season in NFL * Rejoined the NFL ** Last active season ^
TeamHead coachStadium(s)
Boston Bulldogs ^ Dick Rauch Braves Field (3 games), Minersville Park (one game), Mitchell Field (one game)
Buffalo Bisons **^ Al Jolley Bison Stadium
Chicago Bears George Halas Wrigley Field
Chicago Cardinals Dewey Scanlon Comiskey Park
Dayton Triangles Faye Abbott Triangle Park
Frankford Yellow Jackets Bull Behman Frankford Stadium
Green Bay Packers Curly Lambeau City Stadium
Minneapolis Red Jackets ** Herb Joesting Nicollet Park
New York Giants LeRoy Andrews Polo Grounds
Orange Tornadoes * Jack Depler Knights of Columbus Stadium
Providence Steam Roller Jimmy Conzelman Cycledrome
Staten Island Stapletons * Doug Wycoff Thompson Stadium

Rule changes

The NFL added the Field Judge as the fourth game official. [1]

Championship race

Neither the Green Bay Packers nor the New York Giants lost a game during the first nine weeks of the season. When they met at New York's Polo Grounds on November 24, 1929, the Packers were 9–0–0 and Giants were 8–0–1. [2] "Whether New York or Green Bay, Wis., will hoist the 1929 National Professional Football league pennant to the top of the flagstaff will probably be determined here Sunday when the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers, both undefeated teams, meet," an Associated Press report noted, adding "Although both the Packers and the Giants play other games before the end of the season, past performances indicated that tomorrow's game will be the crucial contest for the league's standings." [3]

Verne Lewellen's pass to Herdis McCrary, and Bo Molenda's extra point, gave Green Bay a 7–0 lead in the first quarter. A pass from Benny Friedman to Tony Plansky gave the Giants a chance to tie in the third quarter, but the point after failed, and New York trailed 7–6. Green Bay added two touchdowns in the last quarter to win the game, 20–6 to take a one-game lead. [4] [5] Neither team lost their remaining games; the Packers finished at 12–0–1, the Giants at 13–1–1, giving coach Curly Lambeau and the Packers their first league title. [6]

The NFL introduced a scheduled championship game four years later, in 1933. An unscheduled extra game was played the previous season in 1932, but as a tiebreaker game that counted in the final standings; it was played indoors on a modified field.


NFL standings
Green Bay Packers 12011.00019822W2
New York Giants 1311.92931286W4
Frankford Yellow Jackets 1045.714129128W1
Chicago Cardinals 661.50015483W1
Boston Bulldogs 440.5009873L1
Staten Island Stapletons 343.4298965L2
Providence Steam Roller 462.400107117L1
Orange Tornadoes 354.3753580L1
Chicago Bears 492.308119227L1
Buffalo Bisons 171.12548142W1
Minneapolis Red Jackets 190.10048185L7
Dayton Triangles 060.0007136L6

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

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