Saturday, January 9, 2016

Video - 1936 Championship Game Highlights

Tomorrow, the Packers will be in suburban Washington for the first round of the NFL playoffs. Although the two teams have collectively played 180 seasons in the NFL, and account for a combined eighteen world championships, this is only the third time the teams have met in the postseason.

The first time was in 1936, when the other team was still in Boston and our Packers were in their second year of experimenting with green and gold uniforms.

The game was the 1936 Championship game, the fourth in league history (until 1933, titles were awarded by records) It was played at the Polo Grounds in New York City, the first title game to be contested on a neutral field.

The Bostonians were the host team, but had struggled for support in their home city. Team owner George Preston Marshall chose not to play in their regular Fenway Park, but New York.

The Packers dominated the game 21-6 to claim their fourth World Championship, the first to come via championship game.

Just a few days after the loss, Marshall announced that he was moving his club to Washington, DC, where they reside today. Let's hope the Packers can bring a little of their 1936 magic to Landover today.

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