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1958 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration
East Champions New York Giants
West Champions Baltimore Colts
Championship Game
Champions Baltimore Colts
National Football League seasons
 < 1957 1959 > 

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 racesEdit

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 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.

Week WESTERN EASTERN
1 3 teams (Bal, Chi, SF) 1-0-0 3 teams (Cle, NYG, Was) 1-0-0
2 BALTIMORE COLTS 2-0-0 CLEVELAND BROWNS 2-0-0
3 BALTIMORE COLTS 3-0-0 CLEVELAND BROWNS 3-0-0
4 BALTIMORE COLTS 4-0-0 CLEVELAND BROWNS 4-0-0
5 BALTIMORE COLTS 5-0-0 CLEVELAND BROWNS 5-0-0
6 BALTIMORE COLTS 6-0-0 CLEVELAND BROWNS 5-1-0
7 BALTIMORE COLTS 6-1-0 Tie (Cle, NYG) 5-2-0
8 BALTIMORE COLTS 7-1-0 CLEVELAND BROWNS 6-2-0
9 BALTIMORE COLTS 8-1-0 CLEVELAND BROWNS 7-2-0
10 BALTIMORE COLTS 9-1-0 CLEVELAND BROWNS 8-2-0
11 BALTIMORE COLTS 9-2-0 CLEVELAND BROWNS 9-2-0
12 BALTIMORE COLTS 9-3-0 Tie (Cle, NYG) 9-3-0

Final standingsEdit

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
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
New York Giants 930.750246183
Cleveland Browns 930.750302217
Pittsburgh Steelers 741.636261230
Washington Redskins 471.364214268
Chicago Cardinals 291.182261356
Philadelphia Eagles 291.182235306
Western Conference
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Baltimore Colts 930.750381203
Chicago Bears 840.667298230
Los Angeles Rams 840.667344278
San Francisco 49ers 660.500257324
Detroit Lions 471.364261276
Green Bay Packers 1101.091193382

PlayoffsEdit

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)

AwardsEdit

Most Valuable PlayerJim Brown, Running Back, Cleveland
Coach of the YearWeeb Eubank, Baltimore Colts

ReferencesEdit

1958 NFL Seasonv · d · e
Eastern Conference Western Conference
Cleveland Baltimore
New York Chicago Bears
Philadelphia Detroit
Pittsburgh Green Bay
Chicago Cardinals Los Angeles
Washington San Francisco
1958 NFL DraftNFL ChampionshipPro Bowl
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