The 1958 NFL season
was the 39th regular season
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of the National Football League
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The Baltimore Colts
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defeated the New York Giants
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, 23–17, in the first sudden-death overtime in an NFL Championship Game. The game would be known to American football
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fans as "The Greatest Game Ever Played"
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
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's pass to Bob Schnelker
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, which would still have suited Cleveland. The Giants' Pat Summerall
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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 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 8–4.
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
See: 1958 NFL playoffs
Eastern Conference Playoff Game
- Home team in capitals
NFL Championship Game
- N.Y. GIANTS 10, Cleveland 0
- Baltimore 23, N.Y. GIANTS 17 (OT)
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, Running Back
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