|Duration||September 21 -|
December 28, 1947
|East Champions||Philadelphia Eagles (playoff)|
|West Champions||Chicago Cardinals|
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.
Starting in 1947, the NFL teams played a 12-game schedule rather than 11 games. The twelfth game proved to be crucial for the Steelers, Eagles, Cardinals and Bears. In the Eastern Division, Pittsburgh took a half-game lead over Philadelphia after a 35-24 win in Week Five. On November 30, the Eagles won the rematch, 21-0, to take a 7-3-0 to 7-4-0 lead. The same day, the Cardinals lost to the Giants, 35-31, while the Bears beat Detroit 34-14; the 7-3-0 Cards were a game behind the 8-2-0 Bears in the Western Division.
In Week Twelve, the Cardinals beat the Eagles, 45-21. Pittsburgh beat Boston 17-7, while the Bears lost to the Rams, 17-14. The result was that the Steelers finished at 8-4, and the 7-4 Eagles had to win their last game. The Cardinals and Bears were both at 8-3, and the Western title would go to the winner of their December 14 season-closer. A crowd of 48,632 turned out at Wrigley Field to watch. The Cardinals won the game, 30-21, and the right to host the championship. The same day, Philadelphia beat Green Bay, 28-14, to force a playoff with Pittsburgh.
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 Playoff Game
NFL Championship Game
|Passing Yards||Sammy Baugh||Washington Redskins||2938|
|Completion Percentage||Sammy Baugh||Washington Redskins||.593 (210-for-354)|
|Touchdown Passes||Sammy Baugh||Washington Redskins||25|
|Rushing: Yards||Steve Van Buren||Philadelphia Eagles||1008|
|Rushing: Touchdowns||Steve Van Buren||Philadelphia Eagles||13|
|Receiving: Yards||Mal Kutner||Chicago Cardinals||944|
|Receiving: Catches||Jim Keane||Chicago Bears||64|
|Receiving: Touchdowns||Ken Kavanaugh||Chicago Bears||13|
|Total Points Scored||Pat Harder||Chicago Cardinals||102|
|Punting: Average||George Gulyanics||Chicago Bears||44.8|
|Interceptions||Frank Reagan||New York Giants||10|
|Frank Seno||Boston Yanks||10|