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1947 National Football League season
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East Champions Philadelphia Eagles
West Champions Chicago Cardinals
Championship Game
Champions Chicago Cardinals
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The 1947 NFL season was the 28th regular season of the National Football League. The season ended when the Chicago Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL Championship Game.

Major rule changes

  • A fifth official, the Back Judge, is added to the officiating crew.
  • When a team has less than 11 players on the field prior to a snap or kick, the officials are not to notify them.
  • An illegal use of hands penalty will be called whenever a defensive player uses them to block the vision of a receiver during any pass behind the offensive team's line.
  • During an unsuccessful extra point attempt, the play becomes dead as soon as failure is evident.
  • Roughing the kicker will not be called if he kicks after recovering a loose ball or fumble on the play.
  • All teams are required to use prescribed standard yardage chains, down boxes, and flexible shaft markers.

Division Races

Starting in 1947, the NFL teams played a 12 game schedule rather than 11 games. The twelfth game proved to be crucial for the Steelers, Eagles, Cardinals and Bears. In the Eastern Division, Pittsburgh took a half-game lead over Philadelphia after a 35-24 win in Week Five. On November 30, the Eagles won the rematch, 21-0, to take a 7-3-0 to 7-4-0 lead. The same day, the Cardinals lost to the Giants, 35-31, while the Bears beat Detroit 34-14; the 7-3-0 Cards were a game behind the 8-2-0 Bears in the Western Division.

In Week Twelve, the Cardinals beat the Eagles, 45–21. Pittsburgh beat Boston 17–7, while the Bears lost to the Rams, 17–14. The result was that the Steelers finished at 8–4, and the 7–4 Eagles had to win their last game. The Cardinals and Bears were both at 8–3, and the Western title would go to the winner of their December 14 season-closer. A crowd of 48,632 turned out at Wrigley Field to watch. The Cardinals won the game, 30–21, and the right to host the championship. The same day, Philadelphia beat Green Bay, 28–14, to force a playoff with Pittsburgh.

Final standings

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against Note: The NFL did not officially count tie games in the standings until 1972

Eastern Division
Philadelphia Eagles 8 4 0 .667 308 242
Pittsburgh Steelers 8 4 0 .667 240 259
Boston Yanks 4 7 1 .364 168 256
Washington Redskins 4 8 0 .333 295 367
New York Giants 2 8 2 .200 190 309
Western Division
Chicago Cardinals 9 3 0 .750 306 231
Chicago Bears 8 4 0 .667 363 241
Green Bay Packers 6 5 1 .545 274 210
Los Angeles Rams 6 6 0 .500 259 214
Detroit Lions 3 9 0 .250 231 305


See: 1947 NFL playoffs

Home team in capitals

Eastern Division Playoff Game

  • Philadelphia 21, PITTSBURGH 0

NFL Championship Game

  • CHI. CARDINALS 28, Philadelphia 21


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1947 NFL DraftNFL Championship
Related: 1947 AAFC Season