Game history

How it started, game results and information

The Hall of Fame game has a history as rich as the history of the Pro Football Hall of Fame himself. The game has origins dating back to the day the ground was broken on the Hall of Fame in 1962. Let’s take a look at the history of the Hall of Fame gamethe results, and where is it played each year?

Hall of Fame game history

The very first Hall of Fame game took place in 1962, the day the Hall of Fame broke ground on its main building. The second game was then played the day after the Hall of Fame opened for the first time.

Since then, the match has been played every year, with only four absences. No contests were played in 1966, the first season after the NFL-AFL merger. In 2011, the game was canceled due to the NFL lockout. In 2016, poor field conditions led to cancellation before it was canceled again in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When is the Hall of Fame Game traditionally played?

When the Hall of Fame game is played has varied throughout its history. Before the AFL-NFL merger, it was played in August or September. Four times it was played between the end of the preseason and the start of the regular season in September. The other three times before 1970 it was played in August.

The 1970 season saw the Hall of Fame game move into the start of preseason, where it has remained through the rest of history until now. Prior to 2002, the game was often played in July. However, when the NFL permanently moved the start of the regular season to the week after Labor Day, the game was played in early August.

Hall of Fame game results

What are the results of the Hall of Fame game throughout its history?

1962-1970

  • New York Giants 21-21 St. Louis Cardinals | 1962
  • Pittsburgh Steelers 16-7 Cleveland Browns | 1963
  • Baltimore Colts 48-17 Pittsburgh Steelers | 1964
  • Washington 21-21 Detroit Lions | 1965
  • Philadelphia Eagles 28-13 Cleveland Browns | 1967
  • Chicago Bears 30-24 Dallas Cowboys | 1968
  • Green Bay Packers 38-24 Atlanta Falcons | 1969
  • New Orleans Saints 14-13 Minnesota Vikings | 1970

1971-1980

  • Los Angeles Rams 17-6 Houston Oilers | 1971
  • Kansas City Chiefs 23-17 New York Giants | 1972
  • San Francisco 49ers 20-7 New England Patriots | 1973
  • St. Louis Cardinals 21-13 Buffalo Bills | 1974
  • Washington 17-9 Cincinnati Bengals | 1975
  • Denver Broncos 10-7 Detroit Lions | 1976
  • Chicago Bears 20-6 New York Jets | 1977
  • Philadelphia Eagles 17-3 Miami Dolphins | 1978
  • Oakland Raiders 20-13 Atlanta Falcons | 1979
  • San Diego Chargers 0-0 Green Bay Packers | 1980
    The match was canceled in the 4th quarter due to violent lightning.

1981-1990

  • Cleveland Browns 24-10 Atlanta Falcons | nineteen eighty one
  • Minnesota Vikings 30-14 Baltimore Colts | 1982
  • Pittsburgh Steelers 27-14 New Orleans Saints | 1983
  • Seattle Seahawks 38-0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers | 1984
  • New York Giants 21-20 Houston Oilers | 1985
  • New England Patriots 21-16 St. Louis Cardinals | 1986
  • San Francisco 49ers 20-7 Kansas City Chiefs | 1987
  • Cincinnati Bengals 14-7 Los Angeles Rams | 1988
  • Washington 31-6 Buffalo Bills | 1989
  • Chicago Bears 13-0 Cleveland Browns | 1990

1991-2000

  • Detroit Lions 14-3 Denver Broncos | 1991
  • New York Jets 41-14 Philadelphia Eagles | 1992
  • Los Angeles Raiders 19-3 Green Bay Packers | 1993
  • Atlanta Falcons 21-17 San Diego Chargers | 1994
  • Carolina Panthers 20-14 Jacksonville Jaguars | 1995
  • Indianapolis Colts 10-3 New Orleans Saints | 1996
  • Minnesota Vikings 28-26 Seattle Seahawks | 1997
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-6 Pittsburgh Steelers | 1998
  • Cleveland Browns 20-17 Dallas Cowboys | 1999
  • New England Patriots 20-0 San Francisco 49ers | 2000

2001-2010

  • St. Louis Rams 17-10 Miami Dolphins | 2001
  • New York Giants 34-17 Houston Texans | 2002
  • Kansas City Chiefs 9-0 Green Bay Packers | 2003
    The match was canceled in the 3rd quarter due to violent lightning.
  • Washington 20-17 Denver Broncos | 2004
  • Chicago Bears 27-24 Miami Dolphins | 2005
  • Oakland Raiders 16-10 Philadelphia Eagles | 2006
  • Pittsburgh Steelers 20-7 New Orleans Saints | 2007
  • Washington 30-16 Indianapolis Colts | 2008
  • Tennessee Titans 21-18 Buffalo Bills | 2009
  • Dallas Cowboys 16-7 Cincinnati Bengals | 2010

2011-2020

  • The 2011 Hall of Fame game was canceled due to the NFL lockdown.
  • New Orleans Saints 17-10 Arizona Cardinals | 2012
  • Dallas Cowboys 24-20 Miami Dolphins | 2013
  • New York Giants 17-13 Buffalo Bills | 2014
  • Minnesota Vikings 14-3 Pittsburgh Steelers | 2015
  • The 2016 Hall of Fame game was canceled due to poor field conditions.
  • Dallas Cowboys 20-18 Arizona Cardinals | 2017
  • Baltimore Ravens 17-16 Chicago Bears | 2018
  • Denver Broncos 14-10 Atlanta Falcons | 2019
  • The 2020 Hall of Fame game has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is the name of the stadium in Canton?

The Hall of Fame Game has been held in Canton, Ohio throughout its history. The stadium in which it takes place is the Tom Benson Hall of Fame stadium. It was renamed in honor of Tom Benson following a $10 million donation from the then Saints owner to renovate the stadium.

Previously, the stadium was known as Fawcett Stadium and has stood on the site since construction was completed in 1939. The stadium was natural grass when it was first built. This was replaced by AstroTurf in 1997 and was later laid with Turf Nation in 2016.

Apart from the Hall of Fame Game, the stadium has two other tenants. The Canton McKinley Bulldogs, a high school team, have been tenants since the stadium has been on the site. Meanwhile, the Walsh Cavaliers play their football in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference as part of NCAA Division II.

Ben Rolfe is Senior Editor at Pro Football Network and is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can find him on Twitter @BenRolfePFN.