Rare December 19, 1948 NFL program from the "World's Championship Game" between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Cardinals at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. 28 pp; missing covers; one of Eagles player photos is cut out at p.The 1948 National Football League Championship Game was the 16th title game of the National Football League (NFL), played at Shibe Park in Philadelphia on December 19.  The game was a rematch of the previous year's title game between the defending champion Chicago Cardinals (111), champions of the Western Division and the Philadelphia Eagles (921), champions of the Eastern Division. The Cardinals were slight favorites, at 3½ points.  It was the first NFL championship game to be televised and due to heavy snowfall, the grounds crew needed the help of players from both teams to remove the tarp from the field.  The opening kickoff was delayed a half-hour until 2 p. And three extra officials were called into service to assist with out-of-bounds calls.  The stadium lights were on for the entire game.  The Eagles won their first NFL title with a 70 win; it was the first title for Philadelphia since 1926, when the Frankford Yellow Jackets won the league title,  seven years prior to the introduction of the championship game. The game (also known as the Philly Blizzard) was played in Philadelphia during a significant snowstorm. Bert Bell, the NFL commissioner (and former Eagles owner), had considered postponing the game, but the players for both teams wanted to play the game. The snow began at daybreak and by kickoff the accumulation was 4 inches (10 cm) at a temperature of 27 °F (3 °C). The paid attendance for the game was 36,309, but the actual turnout at Shibe Park was 28,864.
 It was 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.  The game ended with the Eagles deep in Chicago territory. Eagles head coach Greasy Neale gave a majority of the credit for the win to veteran quarterback Tommy Thompson. With only five pass completions on 23 attempts for both teams, the game was completed in two hours and two minutes.  Scoring summary Sunday, December 19, 1948 Kickoff: 2 p. EST First quarter no scoring Second quarter no scoring Third quarter no scoring Fourth quarter PHI Steve Van Buren 5-yard run (Cliff Patton kick), 70 PHI Officials Referee: Ronald Gibbs Umpire: Samuel Wilson Head Linesman: Charlie Berry Field Judge: William McHugh Back Judge: Robert Austin  The NFL added the fifth official, the back judge, in 1947; the line judge arrived in 1965, and the side judge in 1978.  Aftermath Eagles' owner Lex Thompson, 37, was in the hospital for appendicitis during the game.  The Eagles repeated as champions in 1949, winning in the mud and rain in Los Angeles.
This game in 1948 was the only time Shibe Park hosted an NFL title game; Franklin Field was the site for the Eagles' third title win in 1960. The Eagles would win their fourth championship with a victory in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2018.
This game was the Cardinals' last appearance in any NFL Championship game for over sixty years, until Super Bowl XLIII in February 2009. The Cardinals had to beat the Eagles in the 2008 NFC Championship Game to get to the Super Bowl. This game remains the second lowest scoring postseason game in NFL history, eclipsed only by the Dallas Cowboys' 5-0 win over the Detroit Lions in 1970. Thank you for looking at our items!Chestnut Hill Books ships to every country in the world at reasonable rates as suggested by the United States Postal Service. Postcards are mailed between sturdy cardboard. We strive to describe each item completely and accurately. Should you have any question about the condition or representation of your item. Chestnut Hill Books is a family-owned antiques business based out of the SouthCoast, Massachusetts. We collect historical items related to New Bedford, Massachusetts and the surrounding area (Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Westport etc), Boston College (tickets, programs, pennants, postcards, scrapbooks, pinbacks, sports & non-sports etc), Massachusetts political buttons & memorabilia and Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. We normally respond to all inquiries in a timely manner. Thank you for looking at our listings! The item "1948 NFL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PROGRAM Super Bowl PHILADELPHIA EAGLES Chicago" is in sale since Tuesday, May 14, 2019. This item is in the category "Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop\Vintage Sports Memorabilia\Publications\Programs\Football - NFL". The seller is "chestnuthillbooks" and is located in New Bedford, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.