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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 Browns visited the 8–3 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 weather and connected for a 13–10 win. The goal post from that game was broken down and a part of it was later used by FOX Sports as part of a plaque that was given to Summerall for his retirement gift following Super Bowl XXXVI, which he and John Madden called for Fox. The Browns and Giants finished with 9–3 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.

Final standings

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against

Note: The NFL did not officially count tie games in the standings until 1972

Eastern Conference
Team W L T PCT PF PA
New York Giants 9 3 0 .750 246 183
Cleveland Browns 9 3 0 .750 302 217
Pittsburgh Steelers 7 4 1 .636 261 230
Washington Redskins 4 7 1 .364 214 268
Chicago Cardinals 2 9 1 .182 261 356
Philadelphia Eagles 2 9 1 .182 235 306
Western Conference
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Baltimore Colts 9 3 0 .750 381 203
Chicago Bears 8 4 0 .667 298 230
Los Angeles Rams 8 4 0 .667 344 278
San Francisco 49ers 6 6 0 .500 257 324
Detroit Lions 4 7 1 .364 261 276
Green Bay Packers 1 10 1 .091 193 382

Playoffs

See: 1958 NFL playoffs

Home team in capitals

Eastern Conference Playoff Game

  • N.Y. GIANTS 10, Cleveland 0

NFL Championship Game

  • Baltimore 23, N.Y. GIANTS 17 (OT)

Awards

Most Valuable Player Jim Brown, Running Back, Cleveland
Coach of the Year Weeb Eubank, Baltimore Colts

References

  • NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
  • NFL History 1951–1960 (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
  • Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)


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