1947 NFL season

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1947 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 21 –
December 28, 1947
East Champions Philadelphia Eagles (playoff)
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.

Contents

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

Draft

The 1947 NFL Draft was held on December 16, 1946 at New York City's Commodore Hotel. With the first pick, the Chicago Bears selected halfback Bob Fenimore from Oklahoma State University–Stillwater.

Major rule changes

Division races

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

Playoffs

Home team in capitals

Eastern Division Playoff Game

NFL Championship Game

League leaders

StatisticNameTeamTotal
Passing Yards Sammy Baugh Washington Redskins 2938
Completion PercentageSammy BaughWashington Redskins.593 (210-for-354)
Touchdown PassesSammy BaughWashington Redskins25
Rushing: Yards Steve Van Buren Philadelphia Eagles 1008
Rushing: TouchdownsSteve Van BurenPhiladelphia Eagles13
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 Cardinals102
Punting: Average George Gulyanics Chicago Bears44.8
Interceptions Frank Reagan New York Giants 10
Frank Seno Boston Yanks 10

Coaching changes

Footnotes

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

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