1932 NFL season

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1932 National Football League season
Preseason n/a
Regular Season September 18-December 11, 1932
Postseason December 18, 1932
1931 • NFL seasons • 1933

The 1932 NFL season was the 13th regular season of the National Football League.

While the Boston Braves joined the NFL before the season, the loss of the Providence Steam Roller, Cleveland Indians and Frankford Yellow Jackets dropped league membership to eight teams, the lowest in NFL history; the league also had eight teams in 1943 due to World War II.

Although the Green Bay Packers had finished the season with 10 wins, the league title was determined at the time by winning percentage with ties excluded, meaning the Portsmouth Spartans and the Chicago Bears finished the season tied for first place (6–1, 0.857) ahead of Green Bay (10-3, 0.769).

Since both games between the Bears and Spartans had ended in ties, the NFL arranged for a playoff game for the NFL championship, the first ever game of its kind.

Extremely cold weather forced the game to be moved from Wrigley Field to the indoor Chicago Stadium: as the makeshift football field in the stadium was only 80 yards long with undersized end zones, officials moved the goal posts to the goal line due to a lack of space to put them at the back of the end zone, as was standard in college and professional football. This change was favored by players and fans, and the goal posts were moved to the goal line as one of several rule changes the league made in 1933, with the rule lasting until 1973.

The Bears won the playoff game 9–0. Since the playoff game counted in the final standings, the Spartans finished the season in third place behind runners-up Green Bay.

Publications

Programs
Week Date Teams Venue
Week 2 September 25, 1932 Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears East Stadium
Week 3 October 2, 1932 Staten Island Stapletons vs. Chicago Bears Thompson Stadium
Week 5 October 16, 1932 Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers Wrigley Field
October 16, 1932 New York Giants vs. Brooklyn Dodgers Polo Grounds
Week 6 October 23, 1932 Chicago Bears vs. Brooklyn Dodgers City Stadium
Week 7 October 30, 1932 Green Bay Packers vs. Staten Island Stapletons City Stadium
Week 8 November 6, 1932 New York Giants vs. Chicago Bears Polo Grounds
Week 10 November 20, 1932 New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers Polo Grounds
Postseason December 18, 1932 Chicago Bears vs. Portsmouth Spartans Chicago Stadium
Exhibition January 22, 1933 Green Bay Packers vs. Ernie Nevers All-Stars Kezar Stadium
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