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CHICAGO, 1933 NFL Championship: Bears 23, New York
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NFL Championship:
Bears 23, New York Giants 21
The NFL instituted a playoff system to crown the league?s champion in 1933. From 1920-1932, however, teams were awarded the title based on best regular-season record. Several titles were disputed during the 13-year stretch because of non-league opponents. Finally, in front of 26,000 people at Wrigley Field, the Bears won the inaugural title game. Chicago?s Jack Manders recorded the first points in the game on a field goal, and the Giants? Harry Newman threw the game?s first touchdown pass to Morris ?Red? Badgro. The winning share for the game was $210.34; Giants players received $140.22 as their consolation prize.
Titles since:

1940: Bears beat Washington Redskins, 73-0, in NFL Championship
1941: Bears beat New York Giants, 37-9, in NFL Championship
1943: Bears beat Washington Redskins, 41-21, in NFL Championship
1946: Bears beat New York Giants, 24-14, in NFL Championship
1963: Bears beat New York Giants, 14-10, in NFL Championship
1986: Bears beat New England Patriots, 46-10, in Super Bowl XX
(Credit: AP)

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America's first football titles

Going back to the first NFL Championship game in 1933, 24 U.S. cities have won professional football titles, including NFL championships, AFL championships, and Super Bowls. Here's a look at each city's first.

From 1920-1932, the NFL champion was determined by win-loss record, not in a title game. Those seasons have been omitted from this list.
From 1967-1970, the winners of the AFL Championship and NFL Championship games met in the Super Bowl. Only the winners of the Super Bowl in those years are included.
Year given is year that the game was played in, not necessarily the year of the season.

Compiled by Bobby Bonett

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