American Football Database
American Football Database

1932 Portsmouth Spartans season
Head Coach George Clark
Home Field Universal Stadium
Portsmouth, Ohio
Record 6–2–4
Place {{{division_place}}}
Playoff Finish NFL Championship Game,
lost 9–0
Previous season Next season
1931 1933

In 1932, the Portsmouth Spartans appeared in the league championship game, the first playoff game in NFL history, losing to the Chicago Bears 9–0.[1] With a record of 6–1–4 in 1932, the Spartans finished in a tie for the NFL title with the Chicago Bears.[2] It was the first time in history that the season ended with two teams atop the league's standings. (Ties were omitted in calculating winning percentage.) Both games during the season between Portsmouth and Chicago had ended in ties. To determine a sole champion, the league office arranged for the first playoff game in NFL history.[2]

The game was originally scheduled to be played at Wrigley Field, the Bears' home stadium. Due to severe blizzards and sub-zero wind chill throughout the week, the game was moved indoors to Chicago Stadium.[3] The arena allowed only an 80-yard field (end lines) that came right to the walls, and the goal posts were moved from the end lines to the goal.[4] The Bears won 9–0, scoring the winning touchdown on a two-yard pass from Bronko Nagurski to Red Grange in the fourth quarter.[5][2] Attendance for the game was 11,198.[6]

With the loss, Portsmouth dropped to third in the final league standings.



Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 25, 1932 New York Giants W 7–0
2 October 2, 1932 Chicago Cardinals T 7–7
3 October 9, 1932 at Green Bay Packers L 15–10
4 October 16, 1932 at Staten Island Stapletons T 7–7
5 October 20, 1932 at Staten Island Stapletons W 13–6
6 October 30, 1932 at New York Giants W 6–0
7 November 6, 1932 at Brooklyn Dodgers W 17–7
8 November 13, 1932 at Chicago Bears T 13–13
9 November 20, 1932 Boston Braves W 10–0
10 November 27, 1932 Chicago Bears T 7–7
11 December 4, 1932 Green Bay Packers W 19–0
12 December 18, 1932 at Chicago Bears ^ L 9–0

^ playoff game


Template:1932 NFL standings


Portsmouth Spartans roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists
  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics

Playoff Game

Chicago Bears 9, Portsmouth Spartans 0

Awards and records


External links

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1932 NFL Playoff Game