Game-Winning TD in Greatest Game Ever Played
The one-yard run, at New York’s Yankee Stadium in the final days of 1958, was the final and deciding touchdown in that year’s NFL Championship, what many have called “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” After regulation, the game was tied 17-17. In the sudden death overtime period, the Colts, led by quarterback Johnny Unitas, led his offense from his own 20 all the way down the field, to the Giants’ 1. Alan Ameche, a six-foot, 218-pound Pro Bowl fullback, stood in the backfield. Unitas handed the ball off to Ameche, who ran right, crashed through the line of scrimmage while following a block, and rolled into the end zone, for the game-winning score. Ameche was mobbed by fans and teammates and the goal posts were torn down after a contest that had helped popularize professional football in front of a nationwide TV audience.