1952 NFL season

1952 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 28 – December 14, 1952
American Conf. Champions Cleveland Browns
National Conf. Champions Detroit Lions
Championship Game
Champions Detroit Lions

The 1952 NFL season was the 33rd regular season of the National Football League. Prior to the season, New York Yanks owner Ted Collins sold his team back to the NFL. A few days later, a new team was then awarded to an ownership group in Dallas, Texas after it purchased the assets of the Yanks.

However, the new Dallas Texans went 1–11, and was sold back to the league midway through the season. For the team's last five games, the league operated the Texans as a road team, using Hershey, Pennsylvania as a home base. One of their final two "home" games were held at the Rubber Bowl in Akron, Ohio the other one played at the opposing team's (Detroit) stadium. After the season ended, the league folded the Texans, the last time an NFL team failed. This left Dallas without a professional football franchise until the births of the Dallas Cowboys and the AFL version of the Dallas Texans in 1960.

The Detroit Lions defeated the Cleveland Browns in the NFL Championship Game.

Major rule changes

Regular season highlights

Conference races

Week National American
1 Tie (Bears, S.F) 1–0–0 4 teams (Cle, NYG, Phi, Was) 1–0–0
2 San Francisco 49ers 2–0–0 Tie (Cle, NYG) 2–0–0
3 San Francisco 49ers 3–0–0 New York Giants 3–0–0
4 San Francisco 49ers 4–0–0 3 teams (Cards, Cle., NYG) 3–1–0
5 San Francisco 49ers 5–0–0 Cleveland Browns 4–1–0
6 San Francisco 49ers 5–1–0 Cleveland Browns 4–2–0
7 Tie (Lions, 49ers) 5–2–0 Tie (Browns, Giants) 5–2–0
8 Tie (Lions, 49ers) 6–2–0 Cleveland Browns 6–2–0
9 4 teams (Det., GB, LA, SF) 6–3–0 3 teams (Cle., NYG, Phi) 6–3–0
10 Tie (Det., LA) 7–3–0 Cleveland Browns 7–3–0
11 Tie (Det., LA) 8–3–0 Cleveland Browns 8–3–0
12 Tie (Det., LA) 9–3–0 Cleveland Browns 8–4–0

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

American Conference
Cleveland Browns 840.667310213
New York Giants 750.583234231
Philadelphia Eagles 750.583252271
Pittsburgh Steelers 570.417300273
Chicago Cardinals 480.333172221
Washington Redskins 480.333240287
National Conference
Detroit Lions 930.750344192
Los Angeles Rams 930.750349234
San Francisco 49ers 750.583285221
Green Bay Packers 660.500295312
Chicago Bears 570.417245326
Dallas Texans 1110.083182427


See: 1952 NFL playoffs

Home team in capitals

National Conference Playoff Game

NFL Championship Game

League leaders

Statistic Name Team Yards
Passing Otto Graham Cleveland 2816
Rushing Dan Towler Los Angeles 894
Receiving Billy Howton Green Bay 1231


  1. "Bears Upend 49ers on Blanda's Long Boot After Albert's 4th-Quarter Gamble Fails," San Mateo Times, Nov 3, 1952, p18
  2. "Outlook Good for Dead Heat In Pro Grid Loop Divisions," Corpus Christi Times, Nov 10, 1952, p19
  3. "Dallas Texans Go Broke; Team Goes Back to League," The Lowell (Mass.) Sun, Nov 13, 1952, p29
  4. "Seven Teams Tied For Pro Grid Leads," Oakland Tribune, Nov 24, 1952, p25
  5. "Detroit Upends Packers; Dallas Posts First Win," The Athens (O.) Messenger, Nov 28, 1952, p8
  6. "Eagles Deserted By 'Lady Luck'", Charleston Daily Mail, Dec 15, 1952, p16
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