Sneaker Game

December 9, 1934
Polo Grounds, New York
1934 NFL Championship
New York Giants (30) over Chicago Bears (13)

Overnight freezing rain leaves Polo Grounds frozen into a skating rink. At half time with his team trailing 10-3, the Giants' coach, Steve Owen sends the equipment manager, Abe Cohen, in search of better footwear for the team. The manager provides the team with sneakers to improve traction. In the second half, the Giants come alive behind halfback Ed Downowski who ran for a touchdown and threw for another. The 8-5 Giants then upset the previously-undefeated Bears, ending the Bears' championship streak at two. Despite the loss, some claim the 1934 Bears were one of football's greatest teams. Going into the Sneaker Bowl they had a 13 game winning streak and a 33-game unbeaten streak. During the season they had outscored their opponents 286-86.

Score by Quarter
Team123 4Final
Chi Bears 0103 013
NY Giants 300 2730
Attendance: 35,059

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