1939 NFL Championship Game
1 2 3 4 Total
New York Giants 0 0 0 0 0
Green Bay Packers 7 0 10 10 27
Date December 10, 1939
Stadium Wisconsin State Fair Park
City West Allis, Wisconsin
Attendance 32,379
Previous game Next game
1938 1940

The 1939 National Football League Championship game was held on December 10, 1939 at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This was the seventh NFL championship game played. The Green Bay Packers defeated the New York Giants to win their fifth title—two more than any other franchise.[1]

Game summaryEdit

The Western Division champion Packers (9–2)[2] played the Eastern Division champions Giants (9–1–1).[3] By beating the Giants, Green Bay avenged its 1938 title game loss to New York and scored the first shutout in NFL playoff history.[1]

The Packers moved the game from Green Bay to the larger city of Milwaukee in hopes of increasting attendance; 32,279 would pay to watch.[1] The gross gate receipts of $83,510.35 set a new record.[1] The gate was distributed as follows:

  • The 33 players on the victorious Packers each received $703.97 ($23,231.01 total)
  • The 34 Giants players each got $455.57 ($15,489.38)
  • The Packers franchise took $23,231.06
  • The Giants received $15,487.37[1]

Scoring summaryEdit

Scoring Play Score
1st Quarter
GB – Milt Gantenbein 7 pass from Arnie Herber (Paul "Tiny" Engebretsen kick) GB 7–0
2nd Quarter
no scoring
3rd Quarter
GB – Engebretsen 29 yard field goal GB 10–0
GB – Joe Laws 31 yard pass from Cecil Isbell (Engebretsen kick) GB 17–0
4th Quarter
GB – Ernie Smith 42 yard field goal GB 20–0
GB – Ed Jankowski 1 yard run (Smith kick) 27-0 GB GB 27–0


Source: The Spokesman-Review[4] New York Giants Green Bay Packers
First downs710
Yards gained rushing (net)56131
Forward passes attempted2610
Forward passes completed97
Yards by forward passing9899
Yards lost, attempted forward passes128
Yards gained, run back of intercepted passes2739
Punting average (from scrimmage)3238
Total yards all kicks returned9835
Opponents fumbles recovered00
Yards lost by penalties2050


Preceded by
1938 NFL Championship Game
NFL Championship Game
Succeeded by
1940 NFL Championship Game
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