The 1958 NFL Championship Recreation — Colts and Giants

The 1958 NFL Championship Game — Colts and Giants

By Ron Griffitts

Contributing columnist

On Dec. 28, 1958 in Yankee Stadium within the Bronx borough of New York Metropolis in entrance of 64,185 followers, the Baltimore Colts 9-2 coached by Weeb Eubank met the New York Giants 10-3 coached by Jim Lee Howell in what was later termed “the best recreation ever performed.”

Baltimore was led on offense by quarterbacks Johnny Unitas (2002 YDS, 19 TDS) and George Shaw (531 YDS, 7 TDS), operating backs Alan Ameche (791 YDS, 8 TDS), L. G. Dupre (390 YDs, 3 TDS), and Lenny Moore (598 YDS, 7 TDS), and receivers Lenny Moore (938 YDS, 7 TDS), Raymond Berry (794 YDS, 9 TDS) and Jim Mutscheller (504 YDS, 7 TDS).

Their place kicker was Steve Myhra who made 4 of ten discipline objective tries. They have been led on protection by Ray Brown with 8 interceptions and three fumble recoveries, Carl Taseff with 7 interceptions and a pair of fumble recoveries and Andy Nelson with 8 interceptions and a pair of fumble recoveries.

New York was led on offense by 37-year previous Charlie Conerley ( 1199 YDs, 10 TDS) and Don Heinrich (369 YDs, 4 TDS), operating backs Frank Gifford ( 468 YDS, 8 TDS), Mel Triplett (466 YDS, 1 TD) and Alex Webster ((398 YDS, 3 TDS) Phil King (316 YDs, 1 TD), and receivers Rob Schnelker ( 460 YDS, 5 TDS), Frank Gifford (330 YDS, 2 TDS), Alex Webster ( 278 YDs, 3 TDS) and Kyle Rote (244 YDS, 3 TDS).

Their place kicker was Pat Summerall who made 12 of 23 discipline objective tries and who later was a very long time nicely favored TV soccer broadcaster and analyst.

Their protection was led by Jimmy Patton with 11 interceptions and a pair of fumble recoveries, Lindon Crow with 3 interceptions and three fumble recoveries and Carl Karilivac with 3 interceptions and 1 fumble restoration.

The sport featured coaches and gamers who went on to fame in a while of their careers. Vince Lombardi went on to educate the Packers and Tom Landry to educate the Dallas Cowboys whereas Weeb Eubank went on to educate the New York Jets in Tremendous Bowl III. The Giants’ kick returner Don Maynard turned a receiver for Eubank and the Jets ten years later.

The Giants acquired on the board first with a 36-yard Pat Summerall discipline objective and led 3-0 after the primary quarter. Within the second quarter, the Colts acquired two touchdowns, one on an Alan Ameche two-yard run and the opposite on a 15-yard go play from Johnny Unitas to Raymond Berry to make the rating 14-3 at halftime.

The one scoring within the third quarter was a one-yard speeding landing by Mel Triplett to carry the rating to 14-10 with the Colts nonetheless main.

Giants’ followers had hope within the fourth quarter when Frank Gifford scored a landing on a 15-yard go from Charlie Conerley to provide the Giants the lead, 17-14. However with simply seven seconds left within the recreation, the Colts managed a 20-yard discipline objective by Steve Myhra to tie the sport at 17-17 and pressure time beyond regulation.

In time beyond regulation, Unitas led the Colts down the sector from their very own 10-yard line, culminating in an Alan Ameche landing run to provide the Colts a 23-17 victory.

That was the primary time an NFL title recreation had gone into time beyond regulation and likewise made Johnny Unitas a celeb.

Each groups have been again within the NFL Championship recreation in 1959.

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