The 1935 NFL season was the 16th regular season of the National Football League. The season ended when the Detroit Lions defeated the New York Giants in the NFL Championship Game.
Were it not for a cancellation due to heavy snow, this would have been the first season where all NFL teams played the same number of games. This standardization was formalized the following year and has continued ever since, with the number of games being slowly increased to sixteen.
Major rule changes
- The inbounds lines or hashmarks were moved closer to the center of the field, 15 yards from the sidelines.
In the Eastern Division, the key game took place on Thanksgiving Day at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, as the 5–4 Dodgers hosted the 6–3 Giants. A Brooklyn win would have tied the teams at 6–4, but New York won, 21–0, eventually finishing at 9–3. The same Thanksgiving Day saw the Lions and the Cardinals both win, giving them records of 6–3–2 and 6–3–1 respectively, and ties didn't count. Three days later on December 1, the Lions beat Brooklyn 28–0; the Cardinals were losing to the Bears before tying them 7–7, but Detroit finished its season at 7–3–2 while the Cards were at 6–3–2. The Chicago Cardinals needed a win in order to have a chance for a playoff, and faced the Bears again on December 8. This time, the Bears won 13–0, and the Lions were the division champs.
P= Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against
Note 1: The NFL did not officially count tie games in the standings until 1972
Note 2: The November 17 Boston at Philadelphia game was canceled due to rain and snow.
NFL Championship Game
Detroit 26, N.Y. Giants 7, at University of Detroit Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, December 15, 1935