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1958 Baltimore Colts Week-By-Week: Week 2

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Colts' 1958 championship, PressBox will take a look back each week at Baltimore's historic season.

Week 2: Baltimore 51, Chicago 38

Date: Oct. 4, 1958
Where: Memorial Stadium

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.

The Colts had a 34-10 halftime lead, but two Bears rushing touchdowns and Willie Gallimore's 99-yard kickoff return closed the deficit to 41-31 after three quarters.

Safeties Andy Nelson and Ray Brown each led the team with eight of the team's 35 interceptions that season; they had two of the Colts' five interceptions of Bears quarterback Ed Brown.

The Colts' relentless pass rush decked Brown five times, forcing Chicago to bring on backup Zeke Bratkowski -- who would later become part of the last Colts' coaching staff before their move to Indianapolis.

Unitas was as efficient as ever, completing 10 of 23 passes for 198 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. He found Moore for touchdown passes of 77 and 33 yards, tight end Jim Mutscheller from two yards out and wideout Raymond Berry for a 12-yard score. Moore caught only three passes all day, but they went for 118 yards and two touchdowns.

A two-game road trip was next, as the Colts would travel to Milwaukee's County Stadium to face the Green Bay Packers and Briggs Stadium for their second meeting of the year with the defending NFL champion Detroit Lions.

Issue 3.40: October 2, 2008