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The 1933 NFL Championship game was the first scheduled championship game since the league was founded in 1920.  Prior to 1933, the championship was simply awarded to the team that finished in first place.  In 1933, however, the league was divided into Eastern and Western divisions, with the New York Giants and Chicago Bears finishing first in each five-team division, respectively.  Led by quarterback Harry Newman and All-NFL players Mel Hein and Red Badgro, the Giants finished 11-3.  The Bears finished 10-2-1 behind running backs Red Grange and Bronko Nagurski.  The two teams met twice during the season and split the games.

Played at Wrigley Field in Chicago before a paid attendance of 25,000, the game was won by the Bears, 23-21, as the team scored the winning touchdown with under two minutes to play.  The Bears stopped a last-minute Giants drive, Grange tackling Badgro on a gadget play, one of several attempted by the Giants during the contest.  

Presented here is a rare example of the program from that game, one of very few we have seen offered at auction.  The piece is clean and presents very well, some minor areas of wear and small creases at the edges and corners, some very minor specks of paper loss here and there.  The game scores have been added in the appropriate area in pencil, on the inside pages.  An attractive display, the most desirable and difficult to find of the early NFL Championship programs.

Rare 1933 NFL Championship Game Program - Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants - First NFL Title Game!Rare 1933 NFL Championship Game Program - Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants - First NFL Title Game!
Rare 1933 NFL Championship Game Program - Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants - First NFL Title Game!
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