All-America Football Conference playoffs

The All-America Football Conference (AAFC) was an American football league which challenged the established National Football League (NFL) from 1946 to 1949.

From 1946 to 1948, the AAFC determined its champion in a title game between the winners of its two divisions. In 1948, a special playoff game was needed to break a first-place tie in one of the divisions.

In 1949, the league contracted to a single division, so it determined its champion by a four-team single-elimination tournament.

The Cleveland Browns won all four AAFC titles, however their domination and the lack of balance that it demonstrated ultimately hurt the league by diminishing attendance.[1][2][3][4]

AAFC playoff records, as with AAFC records in general, are recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but are not included in the NFL's record book.[5]

All-America Football Conference playoffs
All-America Football Conference logo
AAFC Official Logo
SportAmerican football
Founded1944
Inaugural season1946
Ceased1949
No. of teams8
CountryUnited States
Last
champion(s)
Cleveland Browns

1946

Championship Game

Cleveland Browns 14, New York Yankees 9

1 2 3 4 Total
New York Yankees (10-3-1) 3 0 6 0 9
Cleveland Browns (12-2-0) 0 7 0 7 14

December 22, 1946, at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Scoring
    • N.Y. – FG H. Johnson 21
    • CLE. – Motley 2 run (Groza kick)
    • N.Y. – Sanders 2 run (kick blocked)
    • CLE. – Lavelli 16 pass from Graham (Groza kick)

1947

Championship Game

Cleveland Browns 14, New York Yankees 3

1 2 3 4 Total
Cleveland Browns (12-1-1) 7 0 7 0 14
New York Yankees (11-2-1) 0 3 0 0 3

December 14, 1947, at Yankee Stadium, New York, New York

  • Scoring
    • CLE. – Graham 1 run (Groza kick)
    • N.Y. – FG H. Johnson 12
    • CLE. – Jones 4 run (Groza kick)

1948

Division Playoff

Buffalo Bills 28, Baltimore Colts 17

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffalo Bills (7-7-0) 0 7 0 21 28
Baltimore Colts (7-7-0) 3 0 14 0 17

Dec. 12, 1948 at Municipal Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Scoring
    • BAL. – FG Grossman 16
    • BUF. – O'Connor 5 pass from Ratterman (Armstrong kick)
    • BAL. – Mertes 9 run (Grossman kick)
    • BAL. – Mertes 1 run (Grossman kick)
    • BUF. – Gompers 66 pass from Ratterman (Armstrong kick)
    • BUF. – Baldwin 25 pass from Ratterman (Armstrong kick)
    • BUF. – Hirsch 20 pass interception (Armstrong kick)

Championship Game

Cleveland Browns 49, Buffalo Bills 7

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffalo Bills (8-7-0) 0 0 7 0 7
Cleveland Browns (14-0-0) 7 7 14 21 49

Dec. 19, 1948 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Scoring
    • CLE. – E. Jones 3 run (Groza kick)
    • CLE. – Young 18 fumble return (Groza kick)
    • CLE. – E. Jones 9 pass from Graham (Groza kick)
    • CLE. – Motley 29 run (Groza kick)
    • BUF. – Baldwin 10 pass from Still (Armstrong kick)
    • CLE. – Motley 31 run (Groza kick)
    • CLE. – Motley 5 run (Groza kick)
    • CLE. – Saban 39 interception return (Groza kick)

1949

First-round Games

Cleveland Browns 31, Buffalo Bills 21

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffalo Bills (5-5-2) 0 14 7 0 21
Cleveland Browns (9-1-2) 10 0 14 7 31

Dec. 4, 1949 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Scoring
    • CLE. – Lavelli 51 pass from Graham (Groza kick)
    • CLE. – FG Groza 31
    • BUF. – Tomasetti 4 pass from Ratterman (Adams kick)
    • BUF. – Mutryn 8 pass from Ratterman (Adams kick)
    • CLE. – E. Jones 2 run (Groza kick)
    • BUF. – Mutryn 30 pass from Ratterman (Adams kick)
    • CLE. – D. Jones 49 pass from Graham (Groza kick)
    • CLE. – Lahr 52 interception return (Groza kick)

San Francisco 49ers 17, New York Yankees 7

1 2 3 4 Total
New York Yankees (8-4-0) 0 7 0 0 7
San Francisco 49ers (9-3-0) 7 3 7 0 17

Dec. 4, 1949 at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California

  • Scoring
    • S.F. – Lilywhite 40 run (Veterano kick)
    • N.Y. – Howard 1 run (H. Johnson kick)
    • S.F. – FG Veterano 38
    • S.F. – Garlin 10 pass from Albert (Veterano kick)

Championship Game

Cleveland Browns 21, San Francisco 49ers 7

1 2 3 4 Total
San Francisco 49ers (10-3-0) 0 0 0 7 7
Cleveland Browns (10-1-2) 7 0 7 7 21

Dec. 11, 1949 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Scoring
    • CLE. – E. Jones 2 run (Groza kick)
    • CLE. – Motley 63 run (Groza kick)
    • S.F. – Salata 23 pass from Albert (Veterano kick)
    • CLE. – D. Jones 4 run (Groza kick)

References

  1. ^ The NFL's Official Encyclopedic History of Professional Football, 1977: The AAFC, pgs. 245-251
  2. ^ America’s Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured a Nation, by Michael MacCambridge, 2005, pg. 51
  3. ^ The Coffin Corner, Volume 2, 1980 Archived January 19, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, published by the Professional Football Researchers Association: All-America Football Conference, by Stan Grosshandler
  4. ^ Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League, 1999, The History of the National Football League, pg. 23
  5. ^ The NFL's Official Encyclopedic History of Professional Football, 1977: Introduction, pgs. 7-8
  • Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
All-America Football Conference

The All-America Football Conference (AAFC) was a professional American football league that challenged the established National Football League (NFL) from 1946 to 1949. One of the NFL's most formidable challengers, the AAFC attracted many of the nation's best players, and introduced many lasting innovations to the game. However, the AAFC was ultimately unable to sustain itself in competition with the NFL. After its folding, three of its teams were admitted to the NFL: the San Francisco 49ers, the Cleveland Browns and the original Baltimore Colts (not to be confused with the later Baltimore Colts team, now the Indianapolis Colts).

The AAFC was the second American professional football league (the first being the third American Football League of 1940–1941) to have its teams play in a double round robin format in the regular season: each team had a home game and an away game with each of the other AAFC teams.

The Cleveland Browns were the AAFC's most successful club, winning every annual championship in the league's four years of operation.

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