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1935 NFL season

1935 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 13 – December 15, 1935
East Champions New York Giants
West Champions Detroit Lions
Championship Game
Champions Detroit Lions

The 1935 NFL season was the 16th regular season of the National Football League. The season ended when the Detroit Lions defeated the New York Giants in the NFL Championship Game.

Were it not for a cancellation due to heavy snow, this would have been the first season where all NFL teams played the same number of games. This standardization was formalized the following year and has continued ever since, with the number of games being slowly increased to sixteen.


  • Major rule changes 1
  • Division races 2
  • Final standings 3
  • NFL Championship Game 4
  • League leaders 5
  • References 6

Major rule changes

  • The inbounds lines or hashmarks were moved closer to the center of the field, 15 yards from the sidelines.

Division races

In the Eastern Division, the key game took place on Thanksgiving Day at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, as the 5–4 Dodgers hosted the 6–3 Giants. A Brooklyn win would have tied the teams at 6–4, but New York won, 21–0, eventually finishing at 9–3. The same Thanksgiving Day saw the Lions and the Cardinals both win, giving them records of 6–3–2 and 6–3–1 respectively, and ties didn't count. Three days later on December 1, the Lions beat Brooklyn 28–0; the Cardinals were losing to the Bears before tying them 7–7, but Detroit finished its season at 7–3–2 while the Cards were at 6–3–2. The Chicago Cardinals needed a win in order to have a chance for a playoff, and faced the Bears again on December 8. This time, the Bears won 13–0, and the Lions were the division champs.

Final standings

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

Note 1: The NFL did not officially count tie games in the standings until 1972

Note 2: The November 17 Boston at Philadelphia game was canceled due to rain and snow.

Eastern Division
New York Giants 12 9 3 0 .750 180 96
Brooklyn Dodgers 12 5 6 1 .455 90 141
Pittsburgh Pirates 12 4 8 0 .333 100 209
Boston Redskins 11 2 8 1 .200 65 123
Philadelphia Eagles 11 2 9 0 .182 60 179
Western Division
Detroit Lions 12 7 3 2 .700 191 111
Green Bay Packers 12 8 4 0 .667 181 96
Chicago Bears 12 6 4 2 .600 192 106
Chicago Cardinals 12 6 4 2 .600 99 97

NFL Championship Game

Detroit 26, N.Y. Giants 7, at University of Detroit Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, December 15, 1935

League leaders

Statistic Name Team Yards
Passing Ed Danowski New York 794
Rushing Doug Russell Chicago Cardinals 499
Receiving Charley Malone Boston 433


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

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