1934 NFL season

1934 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 9 – December 9, 1934
East Champions New York Giants
West Champions Chicago Bears
Championship Game
Champions New York Giants

The 1934 NFL season was the 15th regular season of the National Football League. Before the season, the Portsmouth Spartans moved from Ohio to Detroit, Michigan, and were renamed the Detroit Lions.

The Cincinnati Reds lost their first eight games, then were suspended for not paying league dues. The St. Louis Gunners, an independent team, played the last 3 games of the season for the Reds.

The Ed Thorp Memorial Trophy was established as the league's award for the NFL champion, and was awarded through 1969. The host team for the NFL Championship Game would now alternate between the two divisions, with the Eastern Division champion hosting in even-numbered years, and the Western champion hosting in odd-numbered years.[1]

The season ended with the NFL Championship Game when the New York Giants defeated the Chicago Bears at the Polo Grounds in what has become known as the "Sneakers Game".

Major rule changes

Final standings

P = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against

Eastern Division
New York Giants 13850.615147107
Boston Redskins 12660.50010794
Brooklyn Dodgers 11470.36461153
Philadelphia Eagles 11470.36412785
Pittsburgh Pirates 122100.16751206
Western Division
Chicago Bears 1313001.00028686
Detroit Lions 131030.76923859
Green Bay Packers 13760.538156112
Chicago Cardinals 11560.4558084
St. Louis Gunners 3120.3332761
Cincinnati Reds 8080.00010243

NFL Championship Game

For more details on this topic, see 1934 NFL Championship Game.

N.Y. Giants 30, Chi. Bears 13 at Polo Grounds, New York City, December 9, 1934

League leaders

Statistic Name Team Yards
Passing Arnie Herber Green Bay 799
Rushing Beattie Feathers Chicago Bears 1004
Receiving Harry Ebding Detroit 264


  1. "Thorp memorial trophy for pro football champs". The Day. New London, Connecticut. Associated Press. July 2, 1934. p. 14.
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