1957 NFL Championship Game

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1957 NFL Championship Game
1234Total
Cleveland Browns077014
Detroit Lions1714141459
DateDecember 29, 1957
StadiumBriggs Stadium
CityDetroit, MI
RefereeRon Gibbs
Attendance55,263
TV/Radio in the United States
TV NetworkNBC
TV AnnouncersVan Patrick, Ken Coleman, Red Grange
Radio NetworkNBC
Radio AnnouncersRay Scott, Bill McColgan
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1957 NFL Championship Game
1234Total
Cleveland Browns077014
Detroit Lions1714141459
DateDecember 29, 1957
StadiumBriggs Stadium
CityDetroit, MI
RefereeRon Gibbs
Attendance55,263
TV/Radio in the United States
TV NetworkNBC
TV AnnouncersVan Patrick, Ken Coleman, Red Grange
Radio NetworkNBC
Radio AnnouncersRay Scott, Bill McColgan
Timeline
Previous gameNext game
19561958

The 1957 National Football League championship game was the 25th annual championship game. The NFL title game was held on December 29, 1957 at Briggs Stadium, in Detroit, Michigan. The game was the fourth pairing of the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns in the championship game. The Lions, who beat the Browns in 3 of those 4 title games, have not appeared in or won an NFL championship game (including the Super Bowl) since; the closest they have come to date was a berth in the 1992 NFC Championship Game, which they lost to the Washington Redskins.

The Browns had won the Eastern Conference with a record of 9–2–1 while the Lions had to play a playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers in the previous week.

Game summary[edit]

While the Lions were without injured starting quarterback Bobby Layne, backup QB Tobin Rote filled in admirably, throwing four touchdown passes, completing 12 of 19 passes for 280 yards, and running in for another touchdown. O'Connell and Plum, on the other hand hit on a combined total of 9 of 22 passes for 112 yards. Taking full advantage of a pass interception and a fumble, Detroit ran up a 17-0 lead in the first quarter. Jim Brown gave the Cleveland rooters some hope with a 30-yard touchdown swing at the start of the second period. Then, things went from bad to worse for the Browns, hampered by injuries to quarterbacks Tommy O'Connell and Milt Plum. The Lions romped for 14 points in each of the last three quarters.[1]

Scoring[edit]

Starting lineups[edit]

DetroitPositionCleveland
OFFENSE
Jim DoranLEPete Brewster
Lou CreekmurLTLou Groza
Harley SewellLGHerschel Forester
Frank GatskiCArt Hunter
Stan CampbellRGFred Robinson
Ken RussellRTMike McCormack
Steve JunkerREPreston Carpenter
Tobin RoteQBTommy O'Connell
Gene GedmanLHBRay Renfro
Hopalong CassadyRHBLew Carpenter
John Henry JohnsonFBJim Brown
DEFENSE
Darris McCordLDEBill Quinlan
Ray KrouseLDTBob Gain
Gil MainsRDTDon Colo
Gene CroninRDELen Ford
Bob LongLLBGalen Fiss
Joe SchmidtMLBVince Costello
Roger ZatkoffRLBWalt Michaels
Carl KarilivaczDBJunior Wren
Jack ChristiansenDBKen Konz
Yale LaryDBWarren Lahr
Jim DavidDBDon Paul

Players in the Hall of Fame[edit]

Eleven individuals (including coaches and administration) who were involved in this game are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[2] Another Lions Hall-of-Famer, QB Bobby Layne, was injured and did not play in the game.

Detroit Lions[edit]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chuck Heaton, Lions Crush Browns, 59–14, Cleveland Plain Dealer December 29, 1957, Plain Dealer Browns' History Database Accessed December 12, 2007, http://www.cleveland.com/brownshistory/plaindealer/index.ssf?/browns/more/history/19571229BROWNS.html
  2. ^ Ted Maher, Bob Gill (1997). The Pro Football Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Macmillan Inc. ISBN 0-02-861989-7. 

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