American Football Database
1927 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 19, 1927 – December 19, 1927
Champions New York Giants
National Football League seasons
 < 1926 1928 > 

The 1927 NFL season was the 8th regular season of the National Football League. Prior to the season, the league decided to eliminate the financially weaker teams. As a result, the league dropped from 24 to 12 teams, and a majority of the remaining teams were centered around the East Coast instead of the Midwest, where the NFL had started. The league also, for reasons unexplained, removed all five of the black players then playing top-level pro football from the league, including future Hall of Famer Fritz Pollard.

The New York Yankees were added from the American Football League (albeit technically as a continuation of the defunct Brooklyn franchise), Cleveland Bulldogs returned and Buffalo Rangers returned to the Buffalo Bisons name.

The axed teams were Kansas City Cowboys, Los Angeles Buccaneers, Detroit Panthers, Hartford Blues, Brooklyn Lions, Canton Bulldogs, Milwaukee Badgers, Akron Indians, Racine Tornadoes, Columbus Tigers, Hammond Pros, and |Louisville Colonels.

The New York Giants were named the NFL champions after finishing the season with the best record.

Championship race

After seven weeks, the Chicago Bears were unbeaten at 5-0-1, followed by the once-beaten New York Giants (6-1-1) and Green Bay Packers (5-1-1). Two games played in New York City on Tuesday, November 8, changed the standings. The New York Yankees handed the Bears a 26–6 defeat, while the Giants beat Providence, 25–0. At 7-1-1, the Giants were in first place, while the Bears and Packers were tied for second (5-1-1). On November 20, the Bears beat the visiting Packers, 14–6, and, at 7-1-1, were within striking distance of the 8-1-1 Giants. Thanksgiving Day, however, saw the Bears lose at Wrigley Field to their crosstown rivals, the Chicago Cardinals.

With three games left, the most important game of the regular season took place on November 27, at the Polo Grounds, where 15,000 turned out to watch the Bears (7-2-1) face the Giants (8-1-1). A Bears' win would have tied the teams for first place, but the Giants won, 13–7. The New York Giants and New York Yankees closed their seasons with a two game series. At home at the Polo Grounds, the Giants beat the Yankees 14–0 to clinch the title on December 4, and then beat them again at the old Yankee Stadium on December 11, to finish at 11-1-1.

Final standings

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972

Team W L T PCT
New York Giants 11 1 1 .917
Green Bay Packers 7 2 1 .778
Chicago Bears 9 3 2 .750
Cleveland Bulldogs 8 4 1 .667
Providence Steam Roller 8 5 1 .615
New York Yankees 7 8 1 .467
Frankford Yellow Jackets 6 9 3 .400
Pottsville Maroons 5 8 0 .385
Chicago Cardinals 3 7 1 .300
Dayton Triangles 1 6 1 .143
Duluth Eskimos 1 8 0 .111
Buffalo Bisons 0 5 0 .000


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Frankford Green Bay New York Giants New York Yankees Pottsville Providence