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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Sneak(er) tactic helps Giants down Bears
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
Dec. 9, 1934
In the National Football League championship game being played on a frozen field at the Polo Grounds, the New York Giants' most significant advantage over the Chicago Bears isn't on offense, defense or on special teams. It's on their feet.
To the amazement of the Bears and some 37,000 fans, the Giants come out for the second half wearing basketball sneakers. This unorthodox equipment helps the Giants gain better traction and rally from a 10-3 halftime deficit. Scoring 27 points in the fourth quarter, they defeat the previously undefeated Bears, who had beaten them twice during the regular season, by a 30-13 margin.
"The sneakers gave them an edge in that last half," says Bears star fullback Bronko Nagurski, "for they were able to cut back when they were running with the ball and we couldn't cut with them."
The contest will forever be known as the "Sneakers Game."
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