The 1958 NFL Championship Game was a classic.
50 years ago today - December 28, 1958 - the game that changed the face of the National Football League took place in New York at Yankee Stadium. The NY Giants and Baltimore Colts participated in what has become to be known as the greatest game in NFL history - a game that captured the nations attention and started America's fascination with Pro Football to help propel the league into the number one sports entity it is today.
The game featured many legendary NFL stars such as: Pat Summerall, Frank Gifford, Kyle Rote, Charlie Conerly, Sam Huff, and Andy Robustelli for the Giants and Johnny Unitas, Alan Ameche, Raymond Berry, Jim Parker, and Art Donovan for the Colts. The Colts had Weeb Ewbank (who would later lead the NY Jets to their only Super Bowl victory in 1969) as their Head Coach, while the Giants employed two Assistant coaches who would go on to become coaching legends - Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi.
But what made this game special was the fact that this was the first ever overtime game in NFL history. The excitement of the hard fought battle with so much at stake and the sudden death finish was something not previously experienced by football fans. Was it technically the best football game that was ever played? Most experts, including many of the participants, would say no. But in terms of importance to the growth and expansion of a league, the 1958 Colts / Giants Championship Game was indeed...The Greatest Game Ever.
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