- 1954 NFL season
The 1954 NFL season was the 35th
regular seasonof the National Football League. The season ended when the Cleveland Brownsdefeated the Detroit Lionsin the NFL Championship Game.
Major rule changes
*Whenever it is raining, or whenever the field is wet and slippery, the offensive team can request a new, dry playable ball at any time.
In the Western Division, the 49ers pulled ahead in "Week Five" (October 24) with a 37-31 win over the Lions, but they lost four of their remaining seven games and finished 7-4-1. The Lions, on the other hand, lost only one game in their last seven, and finished 9-2-1. In the Eastern race, the Eagles got off to a 4-0 start, until dropping games to Pittsburgh (17-7) and Green Bay (37-14) to fall into a 3 way tie with the Giants and Steelers. The Browns, who got off to a 1-2-0 start, went on an 8 game winning streak, gradually catching up with a Halloween win over New York (24-14). A 6-0 win over Philadelphia on November 21 gave them the conference lead, and a 16-7 rematch win in New York the next week extended the margin. The Browns' streak was ended on December 19 with a 14-10 loss to the Lions. When the teams met in Cleveland again the next week (this time for the championship), the Browns won 56-10.
NFL Championship Game
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* "NFL Record and Fact Book" (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
* [http://www.nfl.com/history/chronology/1951-1960 NFL History 1951-1960] (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
* [http://nflhistory.net/linescores/pdf/1954.pdf 1954 season in details]
* "Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League" (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
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