At the end of the NFL's regular season in 1932, the Chicago Bears and Portsmouth Spartans were tied for first place. As a result, the two teams met for the first ever post season game in NFL history in a one game playoff to determine who was the 1932 champion. Due to weather conditions the game was not able to be played at Wrigley Field. It was moved indoors to be played on a modified field that was far from regulation size. The end zones were smaller and the sidelines were butting up against the stands. The Bears would shut out the Spartans 9 - 0, although there was some disputing over the only touchdown of the game.
This game would mark the beginning of a new era in professional football. The following season the league was divided into two divisions in July of 1933, where the winner of each division would play one another in a championship game to determine the league champion. Because of the cramped conditions of the 1932 championship game more rules were also set to change for the '33 season, such as the use of hashmarks as well as the placement of the goal posts. By February of 1933 the NFL discontinued the use of the Collegiate Rules Book developing rules of their own. One of the most significant changes was that of the forward pass. The pass was now allowed to be made anywhere behind the scrimmage line rather than having to be five yards behind the scrimmage line.
On December 13, 1933, the Chicago Bears defeated the New York Giants 23 -21 in the first official NFL Championship game.
We are sorry to report that Jack "The Assassin" Tatum has passed away. One of the game's most feared defenders, Tatum spent nine years in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders and one year with the Houston Oilers. The three time Pro Bowler played college football at Ohio State and was drafted by the Raiders in the first round of the 1971 draft.
Tatum will forever be known for his intensity and ferocious hits. He was also involved in what might be the NFL's most legendary play, "The Immaculate Reception." Tatum was the one who hit French Fuqua, causing the ball to pop into the air before landing in the hands of Franco Harris.
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On July 27, 1991 John Hannah was welcomed into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Hannah had an amazing career after being selected in the first round of the 1973 draft by the New England Patriots, where he remained for his entire13-season career.
From Alabama, the 225-pound left guard made an impact right out of the gate and started the first 13 games of his rookie season before being sidelined by a leg injury. In the next 12 years, Hannah became widely recognized as the premier guard of professional football. He was named All-Pro 10 straight years from 1976 through 1985. He won the NFL Players Association's Offensive Lineman of the Year award four straight years from 1978 through 1981. Hannah was named to nine Pro Bowls.
Despite the physical abuse his body took as the key component of the Patriots’ offensive line, Hannah only missed five out of 191 games in 13 years due to injury. During his tenure, New England had seven winning seasons and a 100-91-0 cumulative record.
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