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1959 NFL Championship Game

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Champion  Indianapolis Colts
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Favorite  Colts - 3½ points
Date  27 December 1959
1959 NFL Championship Game
Location  Memorial Stadium, Balti, Maryland, United States
Similar  1958 NFL Championship Game, 1956 NFL Championship Game, 1957 NFL Championship Game, 1960 NFL Championship Game, 1961 NFL Championship Game

The 1959 National Football League Championship Game was the 27th NFL championship game, played on December 27 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland.

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It was a rematch of the 1958 championship game that went into overtime. The defending champion Baltimore Colts (9–3) again won the Western Conference, while the New York Giants (10–2) repeated as Eastern Conference champions. The Colts were favored to repeat as champions by 3½ points.

This game also went down to the last quarter, but the Colts did not need any heroics in overtime. Trailing 9-7 at the start of the fourth quarter, Baltimore scored 24 straight points and won, 31–16.

This was the only NFL championship game played in Baltimore.

Scoring summary

Sunday, December 27, 1959
Kickoff: 2:05 p.m. EST

  • First quarter
  • BAL – Lenny Moore 60 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick), 7–0 BAL
  • NY   – FG Pat Summerall 23, 7–3 BAL
  • Second quarter
  • NY   – FG Summerall 37, 7–6 BAL
  • Third quarter
  • NY   – FG Summerall 22, 9–7 NY
  • Fourth quarter
  • BAL – Unitas 4 yard run (Myhra kick), 14–9 BAL
  • BAL – Jerry Richardson 12 yard pass from Unitas (Myhra kick), 21–9 BAL
  • BAL – Johnny Sample 42 yard interception return (Myhra kick), 28–9 BAL
  • BAL – FG Myhra 25, 31–9 BAL
  • NY   – Bob Schnelker 32 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Summerall kick), 31–16 BAL
  • Officials

    The NFL had five game officials in 1959; the line judge was added in 1965 and the side judge in 1978.

    Players' shares

    The gross receipts for the game, including radio and television rights, were just over $666,000, slightly below the previous year. Each player on the winning Colts team received $4,674, while Giants players made $3,083 each.

    References

    1959 NFL Championship Game Wikipedia


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