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1939 NFL Championship Game


1939 NFL Championship Game

1939 NFL Championship Game
1 2 3 4 Total
New York Giants 0 0 0 0 0
Green Bay Packers 7 0 10 10 27
Date December 10, 1939
Stadium Dairy Bowl
City West Allis, Wisconsin
Attendance 32,379
Previous game Next game
1938 1940

The 1939 National Football League Championship game was held on December 10, 1939 at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This was the seventh NFL championship game played. The Green Bay Packers defeated the New York Giants to win their fifth title—two more than any other franchise.[1]

Game summary

The Western Division champion Packers (9–2)[2] played the Eastern Division champions Giants (9–1–1).[3] By beating the Giants, Green Bay avenged its 1938 title game loss to New York and scored the first shutout in NFL playoff history.[1]

The Packers moved the game from Green Bay to the larger city of Milwaukee in hopes of increasting attendance; 32,279 would pay to watch.[1] The gross gate receipts of $83,510.35 set a new record.[1] The gate was distributed as follows:

  • The 33 players on the victorious Packers each received $703.97 ($23,231.01 total)
  • The 34 Giants players each got $455.57 ($15,489.38)
  • The Packers franchise took $23,231.06
  • The Giants received $15,487.37[1]

Scoring summary

Scoring Play Score
1st quarter
GB – Milt Gantenbein 7 pass from Arnie Herber (Paul "Tiny" Engebretsen kick) GB 7–0
2nd quarter
no scoring
3rd quarter
GB – Engebretsen 29 yard field goal GB 10–0
GB – Joe Laws 31 yard pass from Cecil Isbell (Engebretsen kick) GB 17–0
4th quarter
GB – Ernie Smith 42 yard field goal GB 20–0
GB – Ed Jankowski 1 yard run (Smith kick) 27–0 GB GB 27–0


Source: The Spokesman-Review[4] New York Giants Green Bay Packers
First downs 7 10
Yards gained rushing (net) 56 131
Forward passes attempted 26 10
Forward passes completed 9 7
Yards by forward passing 98 99
Yards lost, attempted forward passes 12 8
Yards gained, run back of intercepted passes 27 39
Punting average (from scrimmage) 32 38
Total yards all kicks returned 98 35
Opponents fumbles recovered 0 0
Yards lost by penalties 20 50


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