1954 NFL Championship Game

The 1954National Football League championship game was the league’s 22nd annual championship game, held on December 26 at Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Billed as the “1954 World Professional Football Championship Game,” the turnover-plagued contest was won by the Cleveland Browns, who defeated the Detroit Lions 56–10.

1954 NFL Championship Game

Cleveland Stadium under construction
Detroit Lions
(Western)
(9-2-1)
Cleveland Browns
(Eastern)
(9-3)
10 56
Head coach:
Buddy Parker
Head coach:
Paul Brown
1 2 3 4 Total
Detroit Lions 3 7 0 0 10
Cleveland Browns 14 21 14 7 56
Date December 26, 1954
Stadium Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance 43,827
TV in the United States
Network DuMont
Announcers Byrum Saam and Chuck Thompson
Radio in the United States
Network Mutual
Announcers Earl Gillespie and Chris Schenkel

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The Detroit Lions (9–2–1) of the Western Conference met the Cleveland Browns (9–3) of the Eastern Conference in the NFL title game for the third consecutive year. The Lions won the previous two: 17–7 at Cleveland in 1952 and 17–16 at home in Briggs Stadium in 1953. They were attempting to become the first team to win three consecutive league titles in the championship game era (since 1933).[1] The Browns, who entered the league only in 1950 with the demise of the All-America Football Conference, faced a particularly daunting task in taking on the Lions, having lost all eight of the franchise’s previous matches against the Detroit club.[2]

The Lions were led by quarterback Bobby Layne, running back Doak Walker, and head coach Buddy Parker. The Browns were led by head coach Paul Brown and quarterback Otto Graham. The Lions had won the regular season meeting 14–10 the week before on December 19, also at Cleveland, with a late touchdown. The game had been postponed from early October, due to the World Series, and both teams had already clinched their berths in the title game.[3] Detroit was a slight favorite (2½ to 3 points) to three-peat as champions.[4][5]

The underdog Browns won the title at home in a rout, 56–10; placekicker Lou Groza made eight extra points, a new title game record, among many.[6]

Cleveland right guard Chuck Noll went on to become the Hall of Fame coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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