American Football Database
1932 Chicago Bears season
Head Coach Ralph Jones
Home Field Wrigley Field[1]
Record 7–1–6
(Home: 6–1–2)
(Road: 1–0–4)
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Playoff Finish NFL Champions
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1931 1933

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The 1932 Chicago Bears season was their 13th regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 7–1–6 record under third year head coach Ralph Jones.

Season overview

The season started strangely with three consecutive 0–0 ties. After a 0-2 loss to the Packers, the Bears had scored zero points in four games. After that, the offense got on track and the defense stayed incredibly stingy. The Bears were undefeated in their last nine "regular season" games (there was no established playoff system), with six wins, four by shutout, and three ties.

The team that gave the Bears the most trouble were the Portsmouth Spartans. The club tied with the Spartans with identical 6–1 records (ties did not count then and were omitted), so a playoff game was set up to determine a winner. The Bears defeated the Spartans, 9–0 in the first ever NFL postseason game, which oddly enough was played indoors at Chicago Stadium because it was expected to be cold at Wrigley Field and organizers wanted to maximize the attendance and gate revenue.

For the year, the powerful tandem of Red Grange and Bronko Nagurski again paced the Bears as Grange scored 7 touchdowns and Nagurski ran for 4 and also passed for 3 more. Keith Molesworth also contributed with 3 touchdowns on his own while passing for 3 more. Luke Johnsos had probably his finest season, catching two touchdown passes and scoring twice on defense as well. Coach Ralph Jones also found a reliable kicker in Paul "Tiny" Engebretson.

Future Hall of Fame players

Other leading players

Players departed from 1931

  • Link Lyman, tackle (did not play for unknown reasons)


Date Opponent Location Result Score Record
Sep 25 at Green Bay Packers City Stadium Tie 0–0 0–0–1
Oct. 2 at Staten Island Stapletons Thompson Stadium Tie 0–0 0–0–2
Oct. 9 at Chicago Cardinals Wrigley Field Tie 0–0 0–0–3
Oct 16 Green Bay Packers Wrigley Field Loss 2–0 0–1–3
Oct 23 Staten Island Stapletons Wrigley Field Win 27–7 1–1–3
Oct 30 at Boston Braves Braves Field Tie 7–7 1–1–4
Nov 6 at New York Giants Polo Grounds Win 28–8 2–1–4
Nov 13 Portsmouth Spartans Wrigley Field Tie 13–13 2–1–5
Nov 20 Brooklyn Dodgers Wrigley Field Win 20–0 3–1–5
Nov 24 Chicago Cardinals Wrigley Field Win 34–0 4–1–5
Nov. 27 at Portsmouth Spartans Universal Stadium Tie 7–7 4–1–6
Dec. 4 New York Giants Wrigley Field Win 6–0 5–1–6
Dec. 11 Green Bay Packers Wrigley Field Win 9–0 6–1–6
Dec. 18 Portsmouth Spartans Chicago Stadium Win 9–0 7–1–6

The December 18 game was added to break the tie and is known as the 1932 NFL Playoff Game


Template:1932 NFL standings

NFL Playoff Game: Chicago Bears 9, Portsmouth Spartans 0



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1932 NFL Playoff Game