American Football Database
1946 NFL Championship Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Chicago Bears 14 0 0 10 24
New York Giants 7 0 7 0 14
Date December 15, 1946 at 2:01PM
Stadium Polo Grounds
City New York City
Referee Ron Gibbs
Attendance 58,346
TV/Radio in the United States
Radio Network ABC
Radio Announcers Harry Wismer
Previous game Next game
1945 1947

The 1946 National Football League Championship Game was played at the Polo Grounds in New York City on December 15, 1946. The final score was Chicago Bears 24, New York Giants 14. It was the 14th annual NFL championship game. The attendance was 58,346.

The day before the game, two players for the Giants, Frank Filchock and Merle Hapes, had been accused of taking bribes to fix the game from Alvin Paris. Mayor William O'Dwyer had Jack Mara, Wellington Mara and Bert Bell informed of the police evidence against the two. Hours later, the four then met at Gracie Mansion and the mayor interviewed the players one at a time.[1] Under questioning, Hapes admitted that he was offered a bribe and Filchock denied being offered it. Several hours later, Paris was arrested and confessed to bribing the players. Hapes was suspended by Bell, but Filchock was allowed to play.[2] During Paris' trial weeks later, Filchock admitting taking the bribe under oath.[3]

Scoring summary

  • CHI Kavanaugh 21 pass from Luckman (Maznicki kick) 7-0 CHI
  • CHI Magnani 19 interception return (Maznicki kick) 14-0 CHI
  • NY Liebel 38 pass from Filchock (Strong kick) 14-7 CHI
  • NY Filipowicz 5 pass from Filchock (Strong kick) 14-14 TIE
  • CHI Luckman 19 run (Maznicki kick) 21-14 CHI
  • CHI FG Maznicki 26 24-14 CHI


  1. Lyons, 2010 pg. 201
  2. Lyons, 2010 pg. 202
  3. Lyons, 2010 pg. 203


  • Lyons, Robert S. (2010). On Any Given Sunday, A Life of Bert Bell. Philadelphia:Temple University Press. ISBN ISBN 978-1-59213-731-2
Preceded by
1945 NFL Championship Game
NFL Championship Game
Succeeded by
1947 NFL Championship Game