In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Colts' 1958 championship, PressBox will take a look back each week at Baltimore's historic season.
Date: Sunday, September 28, 1958
Where: Memorial Stadium
The Detroit Lions came into Baltimore to open the season as defending league champions, having blown away the Cleveland Browns, 59-14, in what stands as the most recent title for that franchise.
But an efficient team effort by the Colts helped power them to an Opening Day win over the Lions.
Quarterback John Unitas completed 23 of 43 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns to Raymond Berry, who caught 10 balls for 149 yards.
The first score to Berry covered 26 yards and gave the Colts a 14-9 halftime lead, but the second was a 14-yarder that put Baltimore back in front to stay, offsetting two touchdown catches from Howard (Hopalong) Cassady.
Lenny Moore's eight-yard run opened the scoring and L.G. (Long Gone) Dupre's 13-yard scamper closed the proceedings.
The Colts running attack gained 166 yards and helped the team accrue 26 first downs to the Lions' 12.
The Colts defense forced four turnovers, including three pickoffs of quarterbacks Bobby Layne and Tobin Rote, and registered six sacks.
Offensively, Baltimore outgained Detroit, 416-182.
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