28 December 1958

“Greatest Game Ever Played”: The Baltimore Colts defeat the New York Giants in the first ever National Football League sudden death

This game is often considered one of the greatest in the history of American football.

The game took place on December 28, 1958, at Yankee Stadium in New York City. It was the first NFL playoff game to go into sudden-death overtime. The Colts, led by quarterback Johnny Unitas, faced off against the Giants, led by quarterback Charlie Conerly. The teams were tied 17-17 at the end of regulation.

In overtime, the Colts drove down the field, and with a 23-yard field goal by kicker Steve Myhra, they secured a 23-17 victory over the Giants. This thrilling and closely contested matchup captured the attention of the nation and is credited with helping to popularize professional football in the United States.

The game is often considered a turning point in the history of the NFL, as it showcased the excitement and drama of the sport to a wide audience. It played a significant role in boosting the popularity of professional football and contributed to the NFL’s rise as a major American sports league.