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1953 NFL Championship Game

1953 NFL Championship Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Cleveland Browns 0 3 7 6 16
Detroit Lions 7 3 0 7 17
Date December 27, 1953
Stadium Briggs Stadium
City Detroit, MI
Attendance 54,577
TV/Radio in the United States
TV Network DuMont
TV Announcers Harry Wismer and Red Grange
Radio Network Mutual
Radio Announcers Earl Gillespie and Chris Schenkel
Previous game Next game
1952 1954

The 1953 National Football League championship game was the 21st annual championship game. The NFL title game was held on December 27, 1953 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit, Michigan. The game was a rematch to the 1952 game between the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns.

The Detroit Lions had finished the 1953 season with a record of 10-2 and the Western Conference title. The Lions were led by quarterback Bobby Layne and running back Doak Walker.

The Cleveland Browns had finished the regular season with a record of 11-1 and won the Eastern Conference. The Browns were led by their head coach Paul Brown and quarterback Otto Graham. This was the Browns' fourth NFL championship game appearance since joining the NFL in 1950.


  • DET - Walker 1-yard run (Walker Kick) 7-0 DET
  • CLE - FG Groza 13 yard 7-3 DET
  • DET - FG Walker 23 yard 10-3 DET
  • CLE - Jagade 9-yard run (Groza kick) 10-10 TIE
  • CLE - FG Groza 15 yard 13-10 CLE
  • CLE - FG Groza 43 yard 16-10 CLE
  • DET - Doran 33-yard pass from Layne (Walker kick) 17-16 DET


[1] Harold Sauerbrie, "Browns Lose Title Game, 17-16", Cleveland Plain Dealer, December 27, 1953, Browns history database retrieved December 12, 2007

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