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1962 NFL Championship Game
1 2 3 4 Total
GB 3 7 3 3 16
NYG 0 0 7 0 7
Date December 30, 1962
Stadium Yankee Stadium
City New York, New York, U.S.
MVP Ray Nitschke
Favorite {{{odds}}}
National anthem Star Spangled Banner
Coin toss Yes
Referee Emil Heintz
Halftime show N/A
Attendance 64,892
TV announcers in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Chris Schenkel, Ray Scott
Previous game Next game
1961 1963


The 1962 National Football League championship game was the 30th NFL title game. The game was played on December 30, 1962 at Yankee Stadium in New York City between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers. The attendance for the game was 64,892. The Packers were coached by Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, and the Giants by Allie Sherman. The weather during the game was so cold that television crews used bonfires to thaw out their cameras, and one cameraman suffered frostbite. The conditions also made throwing the ball difficult. Green Bay won 16–7 behind the performances of game Most Valuable Player linebacker Ray Nitschke, and fullback Jim Taylor. Green Bay right guard Jerry Kramer kicked three field goals. The Giants fumbled twice, losing each, while the Packers recovered all five of their fumbles.

BackgroundEdit

The 1962 game was a rematch of the 1961 championship game, won by Green Bay 37–0.[1] The Eastern Conference champions New York Giants (12-2) faced the Western Conference titlist Green Bay Packers (13-1). Green Bay began the season 10–0 including a 49–0 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, where they gained 628 yards to Philadelphia's 54.[2] Before the game, 10,000 fans at a New York Knicks game spontaneously began chanting "Beat Green Bay! Beat Green Bay!", and when the 18,000 tickets available to non season ticket holders went on sale for the game, they sold within three hours.[3] Due to the NFL's blackout policy which aimed to protect gate receipts, until 1973, fans in a team's home market could not watch their team's regular season and playoff games on television, even if they were title games.[4] New York fans made reservations for motels in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Connecticut so they could watch the game out of the 75 mile blackout zone, and even though the game was played in single digit weather with 35–40 mph winds, only 299 of the 65,000+ Giant fans who bought tickets to the sold out game stayed home.[5] Although the weather was temperate the previous day,[4] during the contest it became so cold that a cameraman filming the game suffered frostbite, and television crews used dugout bonfires to thaw out their cameras.[6] Broadcaster Art Rust, Jr. later described the weather as "barbaric".[7] The cold conditions favored the Packers who used a run-oriented offense led by Taylor, while the Giants featured a more pass heavy offense led by quarterback YA Tittle who, coming into the game, had passed for 3,224 yards and 33 touchdowns on the season.[4][8]

Game summaryEdit

The wind caused the ball to be blown off the tee three times during the opening kickoff, and a Green Bay player had to hold the ball onto the tee so Willie Wood could kick it off.[8] After a Jerry Kramer field goal made the score 3–0 in favor of Green Bay in the first quarter, the Giants drove to the Green Bay 15 yard line behind short passes from Tittle. Tittle's play action pass to wide open tight end Joe Walton near the goal line was tipped by Nitschke and intercepted by fellow linebacker Dan Currie. During most of the first and second quarter, the teams ran the ball for short gains. The Giants repeatedly hit Taylor hard, and he suffered cuts to his arm and tongue. Near halftime, the Giants Phil King fumbled on their own 28, and Nitchke recovered. Behind a halfback pass from Paul Hornung to flanker Boyd Dowler, the Packers drove to the Giants seven yard line. On the following play Taylor used an outside fake before going back inside to run untouched into the end zone.[9]

The weather worsened by halftime and the wind swirled dust around the stadium, tearing apart the ballpark's United States flag, and knocking over a television camera.[10] Passing became even more difficult; the longest pass of the day was a 25 yard one from Tittle to Walton.[7] After blocking a Green Bay punt in the end zone and recovering it for a touchdown to pull the game to 10–7 in the third quarter, the Giants defense forced the Packers into a three and out on their next possession. Sam Horner fumbled on a punt return at the Giants 42 yard line however, and Nitschke recovered. Five plays later Kramer kicked a field goal to make the score 13–7. Tittle, with the aid of two Packers penalties, then drove the Giants from their own 20 to the Green Bay 18 on the ensuing drive. New York then incurred two holding penalties, pushing them back to the Packers 40 yard line and ending their drive. Led by Taylor who repeatedly ran for key first downs, the Packers advanced the ball down to the New York end of the field, where they kicked a field goal to make the score 16–7 with 1:50 to play.[10] Green Bay recovered all five of their fumbles during the game, while the Giants lost both of theirs.[8]

LegacyEdit

A few hours after this game, Nitschke, who was the game's Most Valuable Player,[11] appeared on TV's "What's My Line?" wearing thick eyeglasses.[12] Panelists Martin Gabel and Bennett Cerf, both Giants fans, recognized him.[13] Ed Sabol's film company Blair Motion Pictures paid $3,000 for the film rights for the game, the company would later become NFL Films.

The 1962 Packers team is considered one of the best in NFL history.[2]

Scoring summaryEdit

  • First Quarter
    • GB- Kramer 26 yard field goal 3-0 GB
  • Second Quarter
    • GB-Taylor 7 yard run (Kramer kick) 10-0 GB
  • Third Quarter
    • NY- Collier block punt recovery in end zone (Chandler kick) 10-7 GB
    • GB- Kramer 29 yard field goal 13-7 GB
  • Fourth Quarter
    • GB- Kramer 30 yard field goal 16-7 GB

Starting lineupsEdit

Source:[14]

Green Bay Position Position New York
OFFENSE
Max McGee SE Del Shofner
Norm Masters LT Rosey Brown
Fuzzy Thurston LG Darrell Dess
Jim Ringo C Ray Wietecha
Jerry Kramer RG Greg Larson
Forrest Gregg RT Jack Stroud
Ron Kramer TE Joe Walton
Boyd Dowler FL Frank Gifford
Bart Starr QB Y. A. Tittle
Paul Hornung LH Phil King
Jim Taylor FB Alex Webster
DEFENSE
Willie Davis LE Jim Katcavage
Dave Hanner LDT Dick Modzelewski
Henry Jordan RDT Rosey Grier
Bill Quinlan RE Andy Robustelli
Dan Currie LOLB Bill Winter
Ray Nitschke MLB Sam Huff
Bill Forrester ROLB Tom Scott
Herb Adderley LCB Erich Barnes
Jesse Whittenton RCB Dick Lynch
Hank Gremminger SS Allan Webb
Willie Wood FS Jimmy Patton

QuotesEdit

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NotesEdit

  1. Championship Games 1950–present, giants.com, accessed January 12, 2007.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Epstein, Eddie. '62 Packers packed the most punch, espn.com, May 11, 2010, accessed December 1, 2010.
  3. Gottehrer. pg. 17
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Associated Press. Giants-Packers title games in '61 and '62 part of NFL lore, nfl.com, accessed December 1, 2010.
  5. Gottehrer. pg. 17–22
  6. Gottehrer. pgs. 21–2
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sternberg, Alan J. A Meadowlands Super Bowl could be an NFL — and New Jersey — debacle, newjerseynewsroom.com, May 24, 2010, accessed December 1, 2010.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Gottehrer. pg. 20
  9. Gottehrer. pg. 21
  10. 10.0 10.1 Gottehrer. pg. 22
  11. Packers and Giants battled for the 1962 NFL title, profootballhof.com, January 14, 2008, accessed December 1, 2010.
  12. Kenney, Ray. MIller All-Stars get Cash on the Barrelhead, The Milwaukee Journal, November 18, 1987, accessed December 1, 2010.
  13. What's my line EPISODE #645, tv.com, accessed December 1, 2010.
  14. Green Bay Packers 16 at New York Giants 7, football-reference.com, accessed December 1, 2010.

ReferencesEdit

  • Gottehrer, Barry. The Giants of New York, the history of professional football's most fabulous dynasty. New York, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1963 OCLC 1356301

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