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1948 NFL Championship Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Chicago Cardinals 0 0 0 0 0
Philadelphia Eagles 0 0 0 7 7
Date December 19, 1948
Stadium Shibe Park
City Philadelphia, PA
Referee Ron Gibbs
Attendance 36,309
TV/Radio in the United States
TV Network ABC
TV Announcers Harry Wismer, Red Grange

The 1948 National Football League Championship game was the 16th NFL title game played. The game was a rematch of the previous year's championship game between the Chicago Cardinals, champions of the Western Division and the Philadelphia Eagles, champions of the Eastern Division. It was the first NFL championship game to be televised. In the early days of television, "snow" was a frequent problem, but in this case the snow was real. The grounds crew needed the help of players from both teams to remove the tarp from the field, because of the heavy snowfall[1].

Game summary

The game was played at Philadelphia's Shibe Park on December 19, 1948 during a significant snowstorm. Bert Bell, commissioner of the NFL had considered postponing the game but the players for both teams wanted to play the game. The attendance for the game was 36,309. The teams played a scoreless game until early in the fourth quarter when, after Chicago had fumbled in their own end of the field, the Eagles recovered the fumble that set up Steve Van Buren's five yard touchdown at 1:05 into the fourth quarter.

This game turned out be the Cardinals' last appearance in any NFL Championship game until Super Bowl XLIII.

  • First Quarter
    • No Scoring
  • Second Quarter
    • No Scoring
  • Third Quarter
    • No scoring
  • Fourth Quarter
    • Phil- Van Buren 5 run (Patton kick) 7-0 PHI

Image gallery

Touchdown in the Snow


  1. ^ NFL Top 10 - bad weather games. Broadcast NFL Network 27/10/08
Preceded by
NFL Championship Game, 1947
NFL Championship Game
Succeeded by
NFL Championship Game, 1949


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