"Sudden Life" Excerpt: Made For TV
In an excerpt from "Sudden Life: 50 Years Ago, A Baltimore Victory Created the Modern NFL," Bob Herzog explains how for the millions of fans watching "the best game ever" at home did not see "the best broadcast ever."
1958 NFL Championship By The Numbers
Dec. 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the Baltimore Colts' sudden-death overtime victory over the New York Giants in the 1958 NFL Championship Game, considered to be the "Greatest Game Ever Played." A quick look at that game, by the numbers.
Celebrate '58 Video: Gino Marchetti and Lenny Moore
Watch video highlights from PressBox Legends' "Celebrate '58" speaker series as Colts legends Gino Marchetti and Lenny Moore talks about the bond of the 1958 team, the secret of Gino's special sauce and, of course, "The Game."
Celebrate '58 Video: Raymond Berry
Watch video highlights from PressBox Legends' "Celebrate '58" speaker series as Colts legend Raymond Berry talks about his work ethic, Johnny U., the Colts leaving Baltimore, his coaching career and, of course, "The Game."
Book Excerpt: The Colts' Baltimore
In an excerpt from his new book, "The Colts' Baltimore: A City And Its Love Affair In The 1950s," veteran newspaper columnist Michael Olesker describes the breath-taking second-half comeback that send the Colts to the championship game.
Book Review: The Colts' Baltimore
Alan Steele reviews Michael Olesker's "The Colts' Baltimore: A City And Its Love Affair In The 1950s," a book that blends sociology and sports, with doses of anecdotes, nostalgia and humor.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Colts' 1958 championship, PressBox takes a look back at each week of Baltimore's historic season.
NFL Championship Game: Baltimore 23, New York 17
In the Colts' first-ever appearance in the title game, they defeated the Giants, a feat the Ravens would duplicate (without overtime) 42 seasons later. Full Story.
Week 12: Baltimore 12, San Francisco 21
The 49ers ended the year at 6-6 by winning three of their last four. The one loss, however, stuck in their craw, and they exacted revenge for it on this day. Full Story.
Week 11: Baltimore 28, Los Angeles 30
Two things were unique about this game: the newly-crowned Western Conference champion Colts played a Saturday contest for the second time this season and the largest crowd of the year came out to see them play. Full Story.
Week 10: Baltimore 35, San Francisco 49ers 27
The Colts trailed by 20 points at halftime, but scored 28 points in the second half to beat the 49ers and push their record to 9-1. Full Story.
Week 9: Baltimore 34, Los Angeles Rams 7
The Los Angeles Rams came into this game with a 5-3 record and riding a three-game winning streak. Full Story.
Week 8: Baltimore 17, Chicago Bears 0
John Unitas was still sidelined with injury, but the Colts defense recorded five takeaways and notched its second shutout in three weeks with a win over the Bears. Full Story.
Week 7: Baltimore 21, New York Giants 24
In this encounter at Yankee Stadium the Giants emerged victorious over a Colts team reeling from the absence of injured quarterback John Unitas. Full Story.
Week 6: Baltimore 56, Green Bay 0
The Colts (6-0) finished off a two-game homestand with a rousing victory over the league's worst team. The Packers fell to 1-4-1. Full Story.
Week 5: Baltimore 35, Washington 10
Fresh off a two-game road swing, the Colts ran their record to 5-0 with an easy win over th Redskins in front of the Baltimore fans. Full Story.
Week 4: Baltimore 40, Detroit 14
The defending champion Lions got off to an 0-3-1 start, culminating with this loss to the Colts in the teams' second meeting of the year. Full Story.
Week 3: Baltimore 24, Green Bay 17
For the third straight game, Baltimore's defense forced at least four turnovers, getting a quartet of interceptions against a Packer team on its way to a 1-10-1 season under coach "Scooter" McLean, who would be replaced by Vince Lombardi the following year. Full Story.
Week 2: Baltimore 51, Chicago 38
Running back/flanker Lenny Moore caught two of Johnny Unitas' four touchdown passes and rushed for two more as the Colts ran their record to 2-0 by fending off a second-half Bears rally. Full Story.
Week 1: Baltimore 28, Detroit 15
The Detroit Lions came into Baltimore to open the season as defending league champions, but an efficient team effort by the Colts helped power them to an Opening Day win over the Lions. Full Story.