1958 New York Giants season

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1958 New York Giants season
Head coach Jim Lee Howell
Home field Yankee Stadium
Results
Record 9–3
Division place 1st NFL Eastern
Playoff finish Won Eastern Conference playoff (Browns) 10–0
Lost NFL Championship (Colts) 23–17
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1957 1959 >

The 1958 New York Giants season was the 34th season for the club in the National Football League.

Transactions[edit]

  • The Giants obtained Lindon Crow and Pat Summerall from the Chicago Cardinals in exchange for Dick Nolan, Bobby Joe Conrad, and the Giants' first round pick.[1]
  • The Giants acquired Carl Karilivacz from the Detroit Lions
  • Al Barry was an Offensive Guard obtained from the Green Bay Packers
  • Walt Yowarsky was sent to the San Francisco 49ers

Offseason[edit]

In the offseason, Vince Lombardi was offered the Eagles head coaching position but he refused it. He opted to stay as the offensive coordinator of the Giants.[2]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 28, 1958 at Chicago Cardinals W 37–7
21,923
2 October 5, 1958 at Philadelphia Eagles L 27–24
23,178
3 October 12, 1958 at Washington Redskins W 21–14
30,348
4 October 19, 1958 Chicago Cardinals L 23–6
52,684
5 October 26, 1958 Pittsburgh Steelers W 17–6
25,007
6 November 2, 1958 at Cleveland Browns W 21–17
78,404
7 November 9, 1958 Baltimore Colts W 24–21
71,164
8 November 16, 1958 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 31–10
30,030
9 November 23, 1958 Washington Redskins W 30–0
46,752
10 November 30, 1958 Philadelphia Eagles W 24–10
35,438
11 December 7, 1958 at Detroit Lions W 19–17
50,115
12 December 14, 1958 Cleveland Browns W 13–10
63,192

Game Summaries[edit]

Week 1: at Chicago Cardinals[edit]

Week One: New York Giants at Chicago Cardinals
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 14 13 7 3 37
Cardinals 0 7 0 0 7

at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: September 28
  • Game attendance: 21,923
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • NYG Webster 1-yard run (Summerall kick)
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Summerall 28-yard FG

Week 2: at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Two: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 7 10 7 0 24
Eagles 10 7 3 7 27

at Franklin Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: October 5
  • Game attendance: 23,178
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • NYG Summerall 29-yard FG
  • PHI Tommy McDonald 91-yard pass from Van Brocklin (Walston kick)
  • NYG Phil King 2-yard run (Summerall kick)
Third quarter
  • NYG Kyle Rote 15-yard pass from Conerly (Summerall kick)
  • PHI Walston 18-yard FG
Fourth quarter

Week 3: at Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Three: New York Giants at Washington Redskins
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 14 0 0 7 21
Redskins 0 14 0 0 14

at Griffith Stadium, Washington, DC

  • Date: October 12
  • Game attendance: 30,348
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Ken MacAfee 10-yard pass from Conerly (Summerall kick)

Week 4: vs. Chicago Cardinals[edit]

Week Four: Chicago Cardinals at New York Giants
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 6 0 17 23
Giants 0 0 6 0 6

at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

  • Date: October 19
  • Game attendance: 52,684
Game information
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • CHC Nagler 11-yard pass from McHan (Conrad kick)
  • CHC Ollie Matson 3-yard run (Conrad kick)
  • CHC Conrad 38-yard FG

Week 5: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Five: Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 3 0 6
Giants 7 3 0 7 17

at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

  • Date: October 26
  • Game attendance: 25,007
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • PIT Tom Miner 27-yard FG
  • NYG Summerall 34-yard FG
Third quarter
  • PIT Miner 39-yard FG
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Heinrich 1-yard run (Summerall kick)

Week 6: at Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Six: New York Giants at Cleveland Browns
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 7 7 7 21
Browns 3 14 0 0 17

at Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: November 2
  • Game attendance: 78,404
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • NYG Bob Schnelker 39-yard pass from Conerly (Summerall kick)
  • CLE Jim Brown 58-yard run (Groza kick)
  • CLE Ken Konz 46-yard interception return (Groza kick)
Third quarter
  • NYG Webster 15-yard pass from Conerly (Summerall kick)
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Webster 10-yard pass from Conerly (Summerall kick)

Week 7: vs. Baltimore Colts[edit]

Week Seven: Baltimore Colts at New York Giants
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 7 7 0 7 21
Giants 7 0 14 3 24

at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

  • Date: November 9
  • Game attendance: 71,164
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • NYG Rote 25-yard pass from Conerly (Summerall kick)
  • NYG Gifford 13-yard run (Summerall kick)
Fourth quarter
  • BAL Moore 4-yard pass from Shaw (Myhra kick)
  • NYG Summerall 28-yard FG

Week 8: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Eight: New York Giants at Pittsburgh Steelers
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 7 3 0 0 10
Steelers 0 7 14 10 31

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: November 16
  • Game attendance: 30,030
Game information
First quarter
  • NYG Gifford 1-yard run (Summerall kick)
Second quarter
  • NYG Summerall 42-yard FG
  • PIT Bobby Layne 1-yard run (Miner kick)
Third quarter
  • PIT Tom Tracy 9-yard pass from Layne (Miner kick)
  • PIT Gary Glick 37-yard fumble return (Miner kick)
Fourth quarter
  • PIT Miner 43-yard FG
  • PIT Layne 1-yard run (Miner kick)

Week 9: vs. Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Nine: Washington Redskins at New York Giants
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 0 0 0 0
Giants 6 10 7 7 30

at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

  • Date: November 23
  • Game attendance: 46,752
Game information
First quarter
  • NYG Summerall 41-yard FG
  • NYG Summerall 37-yard FG
Second quarter
  • NYG Summerall 20-yard FG
  • NYG MacAfee 10-yard pass from Conerly (Summerall kick)
Third quarter
  • NYG Gifford 13-yard pass from Conerly (Summerall kick)
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Schnelker 4-yard pass from Heinrich (Summerall kick)

Week 10: vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Ten: Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 7 3 0 0 10
Giants 3 14 0 7 24

at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

  • Date: November 30
  • Game attendance: 35,438
Game information
First quarter
  • NYG Summerall 37-yard FG
  • PHI Walston 14-yard pass from Van Brocklin (Walston kick)
Second quarter
  • NYG Gifford 6-yard run (Summerall kick)
  • NYG Schnelker 15-yard pass from Heinrich (Summerall kick)
  • PHI Walston 33-yard FG
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Rote 5-yard pass from Heinrich (Summerall kick)

Week 11: at Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Eleven: New York Giants at Detroit Lions
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 5 7 0 7 19
Lions 0 3 14 0 17

at Briggs Stadium, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: December 7
  • Game attendance: 50,115
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • NYG Webster 6-yard pass from Conerly (Summerall kick)
  • DET Jim Martin 39-yard FG
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Gifford 1-yard run (Summerall kick)

Week 12: vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Twelve: Cleveland Browns at New York Giants
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 3 0 0 10
Giants 0 3 0 10 13

at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

  • Date: December 14
  • Game attendance: 63,192
Game information
First quarter
  • CLE Brown 65-yard run (Groza kick)
Second quarter
  • NYG Summerall 46-yard FG
  • CLE Groza 22-yard FG
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Schnelker 8-yard pass from Gifford (Summerall kick)
  • NYG Summerall 49-yard FG

Playoffs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Result Attendance
Eastern Conf. Playoff December 21, 1958 Cleveland Browns W 10–0
61,174
NFL Championship December 28, 1958 Baltimore Colts L 23–17
64,185

Eastern Conference Playoff[edit]

Eastern Conference Playoff: Cleveland Browns at New York Giants
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 0 0 0 0
Giants 7 3 0 0 10

at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

  • Date: December 21
  • Game attendance: 61,174
Game information
First quarter
  • NYG Conerly 10-yard run (Summerall kick)
Second quarter
  • NYG Summerall 26-yard FG
Top passers
  • CLE – Milt Plum – 7/12, 83 YDS, 0 TD, 2 INT
  • NYG – Charlie Conerly – 7/11, 75 YDS, 0 TD, 0 INT
Top rushers
  • CLE – Milt Plum – 3 CAR, 13 YDS; Jim Brown – 7 CAR, 8 YDS
  • NYG – Frank Gifford – 23 CAR, 95 YDS
Top receivers
  • CLE – Pete Brewster – 3 REC, 56 YDS
  • NYG – Bob Schnelker – 2 REC, 46 YDS

NFL Championship Game[edit]

The 1958 National Football League Championship Game was played on December 28, 1958 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York. The 1958 game was the 26th annual NFL championship game. The Colts beat the Giants 23–17 in overtime, earning their first ever championship. The game has come to be known as The Greatest Game Ever Played.

1958 NFL Championship Game: Baltimore Colts at New York Giants
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Colts 0 14 0 3 6 23
Giants 3 0 7 7 0 17

at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

  • Date: December 28
  • Game attendance: 64,185
Game information
First quarter
  • NYG Summerall 36-yard FG
Second quarter
  • BAL Ameche 2-yard run (Myhra kick)
  • BAL Berry 15-yard pass from Unitas (Myhra kick)
Third quarter
  • NYG Triplett 1-yard run (Summerall kick)
Fourth quarter
  • NYG Gifford 15-yard pass from Conerly (Summerall kick)
  • BAL Myhra 20-yard FG
Overtime
  • BAL Ameche 1-yard run
Top passers
  • BAL – Johnny Unitas – 26/40, 349 YDS, TD, INT
  • NYG – Charlie Conerly – 10/14, 187 YDS, TD, 0 INT
Top rushers
  • BAL – Alan Ameche – 14 CAR, 65 YDS, 2 TD
  • NYG – Frank Gifford – 12 CAR, 60 YDS
Top receivers
  • BAL – Raymond Berry – 12 REC, 178 YDS, TD
  • NYG – Kyle Rote – 2 REC, 76 YDS

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
New York Giants 9 3 0 .750 246 183 W-4
Cleveland Browns 9 3 0 .750 302 217 L-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 7 4 1 .636 261 230 W-1
Washington Redskins 4 7 1 .364 214 268 W-1
Chicago Cardinals 2 9 1 .182 261 356 L-6
Philadelphia Eagles 2 9 1 .182 235 306 L-4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Giants Among Men, Jack Cavanaugh, p.135, 2008, Random House, ISBN 978-1-4000-6717-6
  2. ^ Giants Among Men, Jack Cavanaugh, p.138, 2008, Random House, ISBN 978-1-4000-6717-6