1958 NFL season


1958 NFL season

The 1958 NFL season was the 39th regular season of the National Football League.

The Baltimore Colts defeated the New York Giants, 23-17, in the first sudden-death overtime in an NFL Championship Game. The game would be known to American football fans as "The Greatest Game Ever Played"".

Conference races

The 1958 Colts-Giants title game was a milestone in the popularity of pro football, but the Giants almost didn't make it there. The Cleveland Browns led the Eastern Conference title race up until the final week. On December 14, the 9-2-0 Browns visited the 8-3-0 Giants. As a snowstorm swept over Yankee Stadium, the Browns 10-3 lead gave way to a 10-10 tie game on Frank Gifford's pass to Bob Schnelker, which would still have suited Cleveland. The Giants' Pat Summerall missed a 31 yard field goal with 4½ minutes left. With two minutes to play, Summerall got another opportunity from 49 yards out, in inclement winner, and connected for a 13-10 win. The Browns and Giants finished with 9-3-0 records, and in the playoff that followed, the Browns lost 10-0.

The Western Conference race was over after ten games, with the Colts at 9-1, and the Bears and Rams mathematically eliminated at 6-4, with only two games left.

New York almost missed a chance


Playoffs

:"Home team in capitals"Eastern Conference Playoff Game
*N.Y. GIANTS 10, Cleveland 0NFL Championship Game
*Baltimore 23, N.Y. GIANTS 17 (OT)

References

* "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/1958.pdf 1958 season in details]
* "Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League" (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)

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