1959 NFL Championship Game
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|Date||December 27, 1959|
|Stadium||Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland|
|Hall of Famers|
|Giants: Wellington Mara (owner), Rosey Brown, Frank Gifford, Sam Huff, Andy Robustelli |
Colts: Weeb Ewbank (coach), Raymond Berry, Art Donovan, Gino Marchetti, Lenny Moore, Jim Parker, Johnny Unitas
|TV in the United States|
|Announcers||Chuck Thompson, Chris Schenkel|
|Radio in the United States|
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.
- First quarter
- Second quarter
- NYG – FG Summerall 37, BAL 7–6
- Third quarter
- NYG – FG Summerall 22, NYG 9–7
- Fourth quarter
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.
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- "Pro football epic will unfold today". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 27, 1959. p. 2, sports.
- Strickler, George (December 27, 1959). "Colts, Giants battle for title today". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, part 2.
- Bowen, George (December 28, 1959). "Baltimore explodes for 24 points in final period to rout New York, 31-16". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). Associated Press. p. 20.
- Strickler, George (December 28, 1959). "Colts retain title; beat Giants, 31-16". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, part 2.