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1934 NFL season

The 1934 NFL season was the 15th regular season of the National Football League. Before the season, the Portsmouth Spartans moved to Detroit, Michigan and were renamed the Detroit Lions.

The Cincinnati Reds lost their first eight games, then were suspended for not paying league dues. The St. Louis Gunners, an independent team, played the last 3 games of the season for the Reds.

The season ended with the NFL Championship Game when the New York Giants defeated the Chicago Bears in what has come to be known as the "Sneakers Game".

Major rule changes

  • A hand-to-hand forward pass made behind the line of scrimmage that becomes incomplete (hits the ground before it is caught) is to be ruled as a fumble.

Final standings

P = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against

Eastern Division
New York Giants 13 8 5 0 .615 147 107
Boston Redskins 12 6 6 0 .500 107 94
Brooklyn Dodgers 11 4 7 0 .364 61 153
Philadelphia Eagles 11 4 7 0 .364 127 85
Pittsburgh Pirates 12 2 10 0 .167 51 206
Western Division
Chicago Bears 13 13 0 0 1.000 286 86
Detroit Lions 13 10 3 0 .769 238 59
Green Bay Packers 13 7 6 0 .538 156 112
Chicago Cardinals 11 5 6 0 .455 80 84
St. Louis Gunners 3 1 2 0 .333 27 61
Cincinnati Reds 8 0 8 0 .000 10 243

NFL Championship Game

N.Y. Giants 30, Chi. Bears 13 at Polo Grounds, New York City, December 9, 1934

League leaders

Statistic Name Team Yards
Passing Arnie Herber Green Bay 799
Rushing Beattie Feathers Chicago Bears 1004
Receiving Harry Ebding Detroit 264


  • NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
  • NFL History 1931–1940 (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
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  • Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
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