1935 NFL season

1935 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 13 – December 15, 1935
East Champions New York Giants
West Champions Detroit Lions
Championship Game
Champions Detroit Lions

The 1935 NFL season was the 16th regular season of the National Football League. The season ended when the Detroit Lions defeated the New York Giants in the NFL Championship Game.

Were it not for a cancellation due to heavy snow, this would have been the first season where all NFL teams played the same number of games. This standardization was formalized the following year and has continued ever since, with the number of games being slowly increased to sixteen by 1978.

Major rule changes

This width lasted for ten seasons, through 1944. The hashmarks were moved to 20 yards from the sidelines (40 feet apart) in 1945, which lasted for 27 seasons. They were moved in to the width of the goalposts (18½ feet) in 1972.[1]

Division races

In the Eastern Division, the key game took place on Thanksgiving Day at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, as the 5–4 Dodgers hosted the 6–3 Giants. A Brooklyn win would have tied the teams at 6–4, but New York won, 21–0, eventually finishing at 9–3. The same Thanksgiving Day saw the Lions and the Cardinals both win, giving them records of 6–3–2 and 6–3–1 respectively, and ties didn't count. Three days later on December 1, the Lions beat Brooklyn 28–0; the Cardinals were losing to the Bears before tying them 7–7, but Detroit finished its season at 7–3–2 while the Cards were at 6–3–2. The Chicago Cardinals needed a win in order to have a chance for a playoff, and faced the Bears again on December 8. This time, the Bears won 13–0, and the Lions were the division champs.

Final standings

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

Note 1: The NFL did not officially count tie games in the standings until 1972

Note 2: The November 17 Boston at Philadelphia game was canceled due to rain and snow.

Eastern Division
New York Giants 12930.75018096
Brooklyn Dodgers 12561.45590141
Pittsburgh Pirates 12480.333100209
Boston Redskins 11281.20065123
Philadelphia Eagles 11290.18260179
Western Division
Detroit Lions 12732.700191111
Green Bay Packers 12840.66718196
Chicago Bears 12642.600192106
Chicago Cardinals 12642.6009997

NFL Championship Game

For more details on this topic, see 1935 NFL Championship Game.

Detroit 26, N.Y. Giants 7, at University of Detroit Stadium, in Detroit, Michigan, on December 15.

League leaders

Statistic Name Team Yards
Passing Ed Danowski New York 794
Rushing Doug Russell Chicago Cardinals 499
Receiving Charley Malone Boston 433


  1. "Owners give offense big seven-yard boost". Rome News-Tribune. Georgia. Associated Press. March 24, 1972. p. 6A.
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