First Ever NFL Game | Dayton Triangles vs. Columbus Panhandles

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What teams played in the first-ever NFL game? Last week we discussed the first game featuring an NFL team with the Rock Island Independents, but they didn't take the cake when it came to the first official game between two NFL (APFA at the time) teams. The Dayton Triangles hosted the Columbus Panhandles at Triangle Park on October 3, 1920, to earn that honor. The Triangles beat the Panhandles 14-0 to earn the first official regular-season victory in NFL history. Unfortunately, this was the crowning moment for the Triangles. You can learn more about one of the original 14 NFL teams on this week's episode. So strap on your seat belt, and let's get this baby up to 88MPH.

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About the author, Arnie Chapman

My name is Arnie Chapman, and I am the host of The Football History Dude, a podcast dedicated to teaching fans about the rich history of the NFL. The show officially launched on 4/15/18, and I have not looked back. I have always been passionate about football, and learning about the history of the game has intrigued me, as well. I'm asking you to come along with me on my DeLorean to travel back in time and learn about the yesteryear of the gridiron. To get started, you can go to my website for more details.


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