NFL Championship - "The Greatest Game Ever Played"
NFL Championship - "The Greatest Game Ever Played"
1958 - Colts vs. Giants

NFL Championship - "The Greatest Game Ever Played"

"It transformed the NFL into a national passion." - George R.R. Martin
George R.R. Martin
by George R.R. Martin

A significant factor in pro football’s emergence as America’s national pastime was the NFL’s dramatic and nationally-televised championship game on December 28, 1958. The contest, which featured 12 future Hall of Fame players between the Colts and Giants at Yankee Stadium, was exciting throughout. After Baltimore’s Johnny Unitas threw a 15-yard touchdown, the Colts held a 14-3 halftime advantage. But when the Giants’ Charlie Conerly and Frank Gifford connected on a 15-yard touchdown pass in the fourth, New York led, 17-14. In the final minutes, Unitas orchestrated a drive that began at the Colts’ 14 and ended at the New York 13, where, with seven seconds left, Baltimore’s Steve Myhra kicked a field goal to force overtime. Never before had an NFL Championship been determined in sudden death OT. After a Giants’ punt, Unitas led the Colts on a 13-play, 80-yard drive that concluded with a touchdown run by Alan Ameche as Baltimore won, 23-17. The showdown, largely due to its impact on professional football’s popularity in the years that followed, became known as “The Greatest Game Ever Played.”

George R.R. Martin
R.R. Martin
George R. R. Martin is a fantasy writer and best-selling author whose series of novels, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” were the basis for HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” A New Jersey native, Martin is a Jets and Giants fan who has maintained a blog about both teams, often writing about their respective woes. Martin has been photographed at MetLife stadium and in a Jets cap, and has described life as a Jets fan as one of “unending torment.”
Place of Birth:
Bayonne, NJ
Preferred Team:
New York Jets