Trisha Shetty (Editor)

1947 NFL Championship Game

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
21  28
Network  ABC
Start date  1947
Announcers  Harry Wismer, Red Grange
Referee  Thomas Dowd
Champion  Arizona Cardinals
Attendance  30,759
1947 NFL Championship Game goldenrankingscomFootball20Pictures202NFL20C
Stadium  Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois
Location  Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Similar  1948 NFL Championship Game, 1946 NFL Championship Game, 1949 NFL Championship Game, 1941 NFL Championship Game, 1952 NFL Championship Game

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.


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. This was the second NFL title game played after Christmas Day, and the latest to date. The temperature at kickoff was 29 °F (−2 °C).

The Cardinals built a 14–0 lead in the second quarter, then the teams traded touchdowns. The Eagles closed the gap to 28–21 with five minutes to go, but the Cardinals controlled the ball the rest of the game on an extended drive to win the title.

This was the only NFL title game played at Comiskey Park and the Cardinals' only win. The two teams returned for a rematch in 1948 in Philadelphia, but the Eagles won in a snowstorm. The Cardinals have not won a championship since 1947, nearly seven decades ago, the longest drought in the NFL. They moved to St. Louis in 1960 and Phoenix in 1988, renamed Arizona in 1994.

The Cardinals' win kept the NFL title in the city of Chicago; the Bears had won the previous season.

Scoring summary

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

  • First quarter
  • CHI – Charley Trippi 44 run (Pat Harder kick), 7–0 CHI
  • Second quarter
  • CHI – Elmer Angsman 70 run (Harder kick), 14–0 CHI
  • PHI – McHugh 53 pass from Tommy Thompson (Cliff Patton kick), 14–7 CHI
  • Third quarter
  • CHI – Trippi 75 punt return (Harder kick), 21–7 CHI
  • PHI – Steve Van Buren 1 run (Patton kick), 21–14 CHI
  • Fourth quarter
  • CHI – Angsman 70 run (Harder kick), 28–14 CHI
  • PHI – Russ Craft 1 run (Patton kick), 28–21 CHI
  • Officials

    The NFL added a fifth official, the back judge, this season; the line judge arrived in 1965, and the side judge in 1978.

    Players' shares

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


    1947 NFL Championship Game Wikipedia