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GIANTS VS. BEARS: THE FIRST MEETING
The New York Giants first met the Chicago Bears at the Polo Grounds in New York on Dec. 6, 1925. It was Tim Mara’s first season as the Giants owner and New York’s first season in the National Football League.
But, with a 10-3 record, the Giants fell to Chicago, 19-7. 68,000 paid fans and 8,000 gate crashers were in attendance.
“After seeing the crowd that formed,” The New York Giants Historical Wiki wrote,” Mara decided that under the right circumstances, professional football could be a big success.”
Chicago’s All-Pro quarterback, the 5-foot-6, 150-pound Joey Sternaman, rushed for two touchdowns in the first quarter to put Chicago up, 12-0. Phil White responded for New York with a touchdown run in the second to cut Chicago’s lead to 12-7 at halftime.
But in the fourth, Chicago put the game away as the legendary Red Grange returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown to put Chicago up, 19-7.
Grange, who appeared on the cover of the game’s program, is enshrined in Pro Football Hall of Fame as well as the College Football Hall of Fame . A star at the University of Illinois, Grange played a pivotal role in legitimizing professional football in the 1920’s.
He was a member of the Bears from 1925-1934.
New York had a legend of its own on its 1925 team, though he didn’t play in the Giants’ Week 12 game against the Bears.
At the start of the 1925 season, Mara signed 37-year old veteran Jim Thorpe. Thorpe was the biggest name in football at the time of his signing and is widely considered to be the best athlete to ever live.
He won two gold medals at the 1912 Olympics in the pentathlon and decathlon and also played professional baseball for the New York Baseball Giants, among others.
Thorpe played for the first three games of the season for New York before the team released him.
Since 1925, the Giants and the Bears have met 56 times. Chicago leads the series, 32-22-2.
“You’ve just got to go out there and, honestly, you’ve got to try to do your job. You’ve got to try to make good decisions and have a great plan and execute that plan. There are some plays, whether the defense does something unexpected or a play doesn’t develop how you want to, and you’ve got to make good decisions and play smart and do whatever you’ve got to do to ensure you have the ball that next play.” -QB Eli Manning
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