The 1958 National Football League season resulted in a tie for the Eastern Conference championship between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants, requiring a one-game playoff to be held between them. This conference championship game was played on December 21, 1958, at Yankee Stadium. The winner of that game then hosted the Baltimore Colts on December 28.
|Eastern Conference playoff||NFL Championship|
|W||Baltimore Colts||23 (OT)|
|E||Cleveland Browns||0||E||New York Giants||17|
|E||New York Giants||10|
The 1958 National Football League Championship Game was the 26th NFL championship game, played on December 28 at Yankee Stadium in New York City. It was the first NFL playoff game to go into sudden death overtime. The final score was Baltimore Colts 23, New York Giants 17, and the game has since become widely known as "The Greatest Game Ever Played".It marked the beginning of the NFL's popularity surge, and eventual rise to the top of the United States sports market. A major reason was that the game was televised across the nation by NBC. Baltimore receiver Raymond Berry recorded 12 receptions for 178 yards and a touchdown. His 12 receptions set a championship record that stood for 55 years.
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