Emergency Indoor Championship

December 18, 1932
Chicago Stadium, Chicago
1932 Tie-breaker Game
Chicago Bears (9) over Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans (0)

Heavy snow and bitter cold prevents play of championship game outdoors at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The game is moved to the Chicago Stadium (an indoor facility), but the field had to be shortened to 80 yards, and special rules were set up to try to keep the play in the middle of the field -- the rules led to later use of hash marks in all games. This was the first championship to be decided by a playoff game (previously winning percentage determined the champion) and the first indoor NFL game, though the field was more like an Arena Football setup.

Score by Quarter
Team123 4Final
Portsmouth 000 00
Chi Bears 000 99

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