** Special Note ** ~ The NFL and the AAFC merged prior to the season. Three AAFC teams:
Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, and Baltimore Colts all joined the NFL intact.
The players of the former AAFC New York Yankees team were divided up between the New York
Giants and the New York Bulldogs (who changed their name to New York Yanks), the Los Angeles
Dons and Los Angeles Rams merged, and a portion of the AAFC Buffalo Bills was absorbed into
the Browns organization. A special draft was then held by the league's 13 teams to allocate
the rest of the AAFC players.
The 13 teams were realigned into the American and National conferences. The merged league
briefly flirted with the name "National-American Football League", but restored the name
"National Football League" a few months later. The merger allowed the former 4-time AAFC
champion Browns, the 49ers, and the Colts to survive. Without the agreement, those teams
along with the entire AAFC would have folded due to financial difficulties. Instead, the
Browns went on to defeat the Rams in the NFL Championship Game.
Lastly, television brought a new era to the game. The Los Angeles Rams became the first NFL
team to have all of its games - both home and away - televised. The Washington Redskins
became the second team to put their games on TV. Other teams arranged to have selected