1947 NFL playoffs

The 1947 National Football League season resulted in a tie for the Eastern Division title between the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers; both finished the regular season at 8–4, requiring a one-game playoff.[1] They had split their two-game series in the season, with the home teams prevailing; the Steelers won by eleven on October 19,[2] while the Eagles carded a 21–0 shutout on November 30 at Shibe Park.[3]

The Steelers and Detroit Lions opened their seasons a week before the rest of the ten-team league on September 21,[4] and completed their schedules on December 7.[5][6] Philadelphia needed a win over the visiting Green Bay Packers on December 14 to force a playoff the following week,[7] and won by fourteen points.[8][9]

This division playoff game, the Steelers' sole postseason appearance until 1972, was played on December 21 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.[10][11] The winner traveled to Chicago to play in the NFL championship game the following week against the Cardinals (9–3) at Comiskey Park. Originally scheduled for December 21, the playoff pushed the title game to December 28.

Scoring touchdowns in each of the first three quarters, the Eagles posted another 21–0 shutout to win the East title and advanced to the championship game in Chicago.[11][12][13]

Tournament bracket

  Eastern Division playoff
December 21
    NFL Championship
December 28
    W Chicago Cardinals 28
  E Pittsburgh Steelers 0     E Philadelphia Eagles 21
  E Philadelphia Eagles 21  


  1. ^ Biederman, Les (December 15, 1947). "Steelers, Eagles in playoff Sunday". Pittsburgh Press. p. 24.
  2. ^ Biederman, Les (October 20, 1947). "Steelers lead Eastern Division after walloping Eagles, 35-24". Pittsburgh Press. p. 20.
  3. ^ Biederman, Les (December 1, 1947). "Steelers impotent without Clement". Pittsburgh Press.
  4. ^ Hughes, Carl (September 21, 1947). "Steelers favored to defeat Dudley and Lions". Pittsburgh Press. p. 37.
  5. ^ Biederman, Les (December 7, 1947). "Steelers must beat Yanks to stay in title fight". Pittsburgh Press. p. 43.
  6. ^ Biederman, Les (December 8, 1947). "Steelers regain loop lead". Pittsburgh Press. p. 24.
  7. ^ "Eagles battle to tie idle Steelers". Pittsburgh Press. December 14, 1947. p. 40.
  8. ^ "Van Buren stars in Eagle victory". Pittsburgh Press. December 15, 1947. p. 24.
  9. ^ "Packers are beaten by inspired Eagles who tie for title". Milwaukee Journal. December 15, 1947. p. 6, part 2.
  10. ^ a b Biederman, Les (December 21, 1947). "Eagles given edge over Steelers". Pittsburgh Press. p. 28.
  11. ^ a b c Biederman, Les (December 22, 1947). "Steelers disappoint in grid playoff". Pittsburgh Press. p. 28.
  12. ^ a b "Philadelphia Eagles defeat Steelers for right to play Cards next Sunday". Milwaukee Journal. December 22, 1947. p. 10, part 2.
  13. ^ a b "Philadelphia Eagles win Eastern division of National grid league". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 22, 1947. p. 8.
  14. ^ "Weather". Pittsburgh Press. December 22, 1947. p. 1.
1947 NFL season

The 1947 NFL season was the 28th regular season of the National Football League. The league expanded the regular season by one game from eleven games per team to twelve, a number that remained constant for fourteen seasons, through 1960.

The season ended when the Chicago Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL Championship Game on December 28.

Game information
  • PHI Van Buren 15 pass from Thompson (Patton kick), PHI 7–0
  • PHI Ferrante 28 pass from Thompson (Patton kick), PHI 14–0
  • PHI Pritchard 79 punt return (Patton kick), PHI 21–0


Conference tiebreakers
NFL playoff system

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