|The University of Chicago's "C" Logo|
Yes, the first NFL post-season game was played indoors (link), on a field only 80 yards long. The local team prevailed, as the Chicago Bears, the second oldest NFL franchise and the long-term, ahem, borrowers of the University of Chicago nickname Monsters of the Midway and football-shaped “C” logo (pictured; link), defeated the Portsmouth Spartans (now the Detroit Lions) 9-0 – 80 years ago today.
No doubt sensing a good thing when it saw it, the NFL honchos instituted an official post-season Championship Game thereafter. The following year the first official one was played, once again in Chicago, and this time at Wrigley Field. And once again the Bears prevailed, with a game-ending designed trick play (link), this time over the New York Giants.
But times change. The Bears have won only one championship in the past almost 50 years – the 1985 Super Bowl Shuffle Bears under former Bear player and Coach Mike Ditka. They could use a trick play or two now.