The 1963 NFL Championship Recreation — Giants and Bears

The 1963 NFL Championship Game — Giants and Bears

By Ron Griffitts

Contributing columnist

On Dec. 29, 1963 at Wrigley Discipline in Chicago the New York Giants (11-3) coached by Allie Sherman, and showing of their third consecutive NFL Championship Recreation, met the Chicago Bears (11-1-2) coached by George Halas, the proprietor of the Bears since their introduction into the league in 1920.

The Giants had been led by quarterback Y. A. Tittle (3145 YDS, 36 TDS), operating backs Phil King (613 YDS, 3 TDS), Joe Morrison (598 YDS, 3 TDS) and Alex Webster ( 255 YDS, 4 TDS), and receivers Del Shofner (1181, 9 YDS), Frank Gifford ( 657 YDS, 7 TDS), Aaron Thomas (469 YDS, 3 TDS), Joe Walton (371 YDS, 6 TDS) and Phil King ( 377 YDS, 5 TDS).

Their place kicker was Don Chandler who made 18 of 29 discipline targets tried.

Their protection was led by former College of Dayton star Jim Katcavage who recovered two fumbles and had 20 ½ sacks, John Votere with eight sacks, and Dick Lynch with 9 interceptions, Jimmy Patton with 6 and Jerry Hillebrand with 5.

The Bears had been led on offense by quarterback Billy Wade (2301 YDS, 15 TDS), operating backs Joe Marconi (446 YDS, 2 TDS), Ronnie Bull (404 YDS, 1 TD) and Willie Galimore (321 YDS, 5 TDS) and receivers Mike Ditka (794 YDS, 8 TDS), Johnny Morris (705 YDS, 2 TDS), Joe Marconi (335 YDs, 2 TDS) and Bo Farrington (335 YDS, 2 TDS).

Their place kicker was Roger LeClerc who made 13 of 23 discipline purpose tries they usually had been led on protection by Doug Atkins with 12 sacks, Rosey Taylor with 9 interceptions, Richie Pettibon with 8 and Dave Whitesell with 6.

In distinction to the earlier two years, the Giants scored first within the sport on a Frank Gifford 14-yard reception from Y. A Tittle for a 7-0 lead. However, it was quick lived as Bears’ quarterback Billy Wade took the ball in from two yards out because the Bears tied the rating at 7-7.

Within the second quarter, the Giants once more took the lead with a 13-yard Don Chandler discipline purpose and the rating was 10-7 Giants on the half.

Each groups performed powerful protection and there was just one extra rating within the game-a Billy Wade 1-yard landing run within the third quarter for a 14-10 lead and as there was no scoring within the fourth quarter, that proved to be the successful rating for the Bears.

The Bears didn’t return to a championship sport till 1985 once they received the Tremendous Bowl with Mike Ditka as their coach and George Halas because the proprietor as he spent over sixty years as proprietor of the Chicago Bears.

The Giants returned to a championship sport within the Tremendous Bowl in 1986.

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