1948 NFL season

1948 National Football League season
Regular season
East Champions Philadelphia Eagles
West Champions Chicago Cardinals
Championship Game
Champions Philadelphia Eagles

The 1948 NFL season was the 29th regular season of the National Football League. During the season, Halfback Fred Gehrke painted horns on the Los Angeles Rams' helmets, making the first modern helmet emblem in pro football.[1] The last regular season game played on Wednesday until the 2012 season happened on September 22, 1948, between Detroit and Los Angeles. The season ended when the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Chicago Cardinals in the NFL Championship Game.

The 1948 season featured the highest per-game, per-team scoring in NFL history, with the average team scoring 23.2 points per game.[2] This record stood for 65 years until 2013.[3]

Major rule changes

Division races

In the Eastern race, the Eagles beat Washington 45–0 in Week Five to take a 1/2 game lead. When the 6–1–1 Eagles met the 6–2 Skins again in Week Ten, Washington lost a must-win game, 42–21.

The other race was all Chicago, as the Cardinals and Bears both had records of 10–1 going into the final week. A record crowd of 51,283 packed Wrigley Field on December 12 to watch. The Bears took a 21–10 lead, on George Gulyanic's as the fourth quarter began. Charley Trippi's touchdown cut the margin to 21–17, but the Bears had the ball and time on their side. The turning point came when the Cards' Vince Banonis picked off a pass from Johnny Lujack, and ran the ball back to the Bears' 19, and Elmer Angsman scored the winning touchdown three plays later for the Western Division title and the trip to the championship.[4]

Final standings

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

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

Eastern Division
Philadelphia Eagles 921.818376156
Washington Redskins 750.583291287
New York Giants 480.333297388
Pittsburgh Steelers 480.333200243
Boston Yanks 390.250174372
Western Division
Chicago Cardinals 1110.917395226
Chicago Bears 1020.833375151
Los Angeles Rams 651.545327269
Green Bay Packers 390.250154290
Detroit Lions 2100.167200407

NFL Championship Game

Philadelphia Eagles 7, Chicago Cardinals 0 in a blizzard at Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 19, 1948


League leaders

Statistic Name Team Yards
Passing Sammy Baugh Washington 2599
Rushing Steve Van Buren Philadelphia 945
Receiving Mal Kutner Chicago Cardinals 943


  1. 1 2 3 4 "History (1941-1950)". NFL.com. National Football League. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. Retrieved March 27, 2014.
  2. Byrne, Kerry (July 18, 2010). "The Spirit of '48: a mind-blowing statistical orgasm". Cold Hard Football Facts (website). Archived from the original on March 27, 2014. Retrieved March 27, 2014.
  3. "Record Breaking 2013 Season Had It All" (PDF). NFL. December 30, 2013. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 27, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
  4. "Cardinals' About Face Beats Bears, 24–21," Wisconsin State Journal (Madison), Dec 13, 1948, p13
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