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Eighty years ago, on December 17, 1933, the Chicago Bears defeated the New York Giants 23-21 in the first championship game in National Football League history.

Played in crisp weather at Wrigley Field in Chicago, the game was seen by 26,000 fans and featured lots of offense. After two field goals by the Bears, the Giants scored the first touchdown in NFL championship game history to put them in the lead 7-6.

The contest was close in the second half, but the Bears went ahead on a 15-yard field goal before the Giants responded with a one-yard run to regain the lead 14-9. Another touchdown put the Bears in front by two points in the third quarter.

The Giants pulled ahead again on an eight-yard touchdown pass. Then, with only three minutes left and the Giants leading 21-16, came the Bears’ game-winning touchdown – an exciting, trick play featuring a faked run, 14-yard jump pass, lateral pass, and 19-yard run into the end zone.

It was the Chicago team’s second straight league title and third overall. Each Bears player earned $210, while the Giants were awarded $140 each. In comparison, each player who participates in the NFL championship games today receives more than $40,000.

The winners of those contests advance to the Super Bowl, the final championship game first played in 1967, in which each member of the winning team wins about $75,000 and each player on the losing team receives around $40,000

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