1947 NFL Championship Game

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1947 NFL Championship Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Philadelphia Eagles 0 7 7 7 21
Chicago Cardinals 7 7 7 7 28
Date December 28, 1947
Stadium Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois
Referee William Downes
Attendance 30,759
Radio in the United States
Network ABC
Announcers Harry Wismer, Red Grange
Comiskey Park is located in USA
Comiskey Park
Comiskey Park
Location in the United States

The 1947 National Football League Championship game was the 15th annual championship game, held December 28 at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The attendance was 30,759, well below capacity.[1][2][3][4]

The game featured the Western Division champion Chicago Cardinals (9–3) and the Eastern Division champion Philadelphia Eagles (8–4). The Eagles had the week earlier defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 21–0 to determine the championship of the east. Both the Eagles and Cardinals were making their first appearance in the championship game. The Cardinals had won the regular season meeting in Philadelphia three weeks earlier by 24 points and after a week off, were 12-point favorites to win the title game at home.[5] This was the second NFL title game played after Christmas Day, and the latest to date.

This was the only NFL title game played at Comiskey Park. The Cardinals later moved to St. Louis in 1960 and Arizona in 1988. They have not won a championship since, a 68-year drought that is currently the longest in the NFL.

Scoring summary

Sunday, December 28, 1947
Kickoff: 1:05 p.m. CST [5]

  • First Quarter
  • Second Quarter
    • CHI Angsman 70 run (Harder kick) 14–0 CHI
    • PHI McHugh 53 pass from Thompson (Patton kick) 14–7 CHI
  • Third Quarter
    • CHI Trippi 75 punt return (Harder kick) 21–7 CHI
    • PHI Van Buren 1 run (Patton kick) 21–14 CHI
  • Fourth Quarter
    • CHI Angsman 70 run (Harder kick) 28–14 CHI
    • PHI Craft 1 run (Patton kick) 28–21 CHI

Players' shares

Each player on the Cardinals received $1,132, while the losing Eagles got $754 each.[6]


  1. Biederman, Les (December 29, 1947). "Speed, youth win title for Cards". Pittsburgh Press. p. 18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Kuechle, Oliver E. (December 29, 1947). "Cardinals trim Eagles, 28-21, to win first pro grid crown". Milwaukee Journal. p. 2, part 2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Larson, Lloyd (December 29, 1947). "Angsman, Trippi, spark Cards' 28-21 win over Eagles". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 3, part 2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Liska, Jerry (December 29, 1947). "Sensational runs give Cardinals 28-21 decision over Eagles for N.L. crown". Youngstown Vindicator. Ohio. Associated Press. p. 10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Cardinals rule 12-point favorites to beat Eagles". Milwaukee Journal. December 28, 1947. p. 1, sports.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Playoff melon". Pittsburgh Press. December 29, 1947. p. 18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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