This Day in Football: December 28

New York Giants, Tales from the Vault, TCIPF Staff, This Day in NFL History

On this day in 1958, the Colts defeated the Giants, 23-17, to win the NFL Championship in what has been dubbed “The Greatest Game Ever Played”.

It was the first postseason game to go into a sudden death overtime period and an estimated 45 million people watched this nationally-televised classic on NBC. The game is often credited for suddenly boosting the popularity of the NFL, and eventually propelling football to the top of the American sports market.

Johnny Unitas and the Colts executed what is known as the first “Two Minute Drill” to send the game into overtime and eventually defeat Frank Gifford, Sam Huff and the Giants.

Check out this segment about the ’58 title game as originally presented in 1986 on “The NFL’s Greatest Games”:

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