1953 NFL season

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1953 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 27 - December 13, 1953
East ChampionsCleveland Browns
West ChampionsDetroit Lions
Championship Game
ChampionsDetroit Lions
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1953 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 27 - December 13, 1953
East ChampionsCleveland Browns
West ChampionsDetroit Lions
Championship Game
ChampionsDetroit Lions
National Football League seasons
 < 19521954 > 

The 1953 NFL season was the 34th regular season of the National Football League. The names of the American and National conferences were changed to the Eastern and Western conferences.

Meanwhile, a Baltimore, Maryland group headed by Carroll Rosenbloom was granted an NFL team, and was awarded the holdings of the defunct Dallas Texans organization. The new team was named the Colts after the previous team that folded after the 1950 NFL season.

The season ended when the Detroit Lions defeated the Cleveland Browns in the NFL Championship Game for the second year in a row.

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Major rule changes[edit]

Conference races[edit]

For 1953, the former American and National Conferences were renamed the Eastern and Western Conferences, respectively. The Western race saw the Rams beat the Lions twice, in Detroit (October 18) and in L.A. (November 1), and at the midway point in Week Six, the Rams were a full game ahead in the race. In Week Seven (November 8), the 49ers beat the Rams 31–27, and the Lions won their game, to put all three teams at 5–2–0. In Week Eight, the Lions beat Green Bay 14–7, while the Rams were tied 24–24 by the Cards, and the 49ers lost 23–21 to the Browns. As both teams won their remaining games, San Francisco was always a game behind Detroit.

In the Eastern, the Cleveland Browns won their first eleven games and led wire-to-wire, clinching a playoff spot by week 10. The Browns' shot at a 12–0–0 season was spoiled by a 42–27 loss on the last day, December 13, and spoiled even more by the championship game against the Lions.

WeekWESTERNEASTERN
14 teams (Bal., Det, LA, SF)1–0–0Tie (Cle, Was)1–0–0
2Tie (Det, SF)2–0–0CLEVELAND BROWNS2–0–0
3DETROIT LIONS3–0–0CLEVELAND BROWNS3–0–0
43 teams (Det, LA, SF)3–1–0CLEVELAND BROWNS4–0–0
5Tie (Det, LA)4–1–0CLEVELAND BROWNS5–0–0
6LOS ANGELES RAMS5–1–0CLEVELAND BROWNS6–0–0
73 teams (Det, LA, SF)5–2–0CLEVELAND BROWNS7–0–0
8DETROIT LIONS6–2–0CLEVELAND BROWNS8–0–0
9DETROIT LIONS7–2–0CLEVELAND BROWNS9–0–0
10DETROIT LIONS8–2–0CLEVELAND BROWNS10–0–0
11DETROIT LIONS9–2–0CLEVELAND BROWNS11–0–0
12DETROIT LIONS10–2–0CLEVELAND BROWNS11–1–0

Final standings[edit]

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
Cleveland Browns1110.917348162
Philadelphia Eagles741.636352215
Washington Redskins651.545208215
Pittsburgh Steelers660.500211263
New York Giants390.250179277
Chicago Cardinals1101.091190337
Western Conference
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Detroit Lions1020.833271205
San Francisco 49ers930.750372237
Los Angeles Rams831.727366236
Chicago Bears381.273218262
Baltimore Colts390.250182350
Green Bay Packers291.182200338


NFL Championship Game[edit]

Detroit 17, Cleveland 16 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, December 27, 1953

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