1959 Baltimore Colts season

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1959 Baltimore Colts season
Head coach Weeb Ewbank
Owner Carroll Rosenbloom
Home field Memorial Stadium
Results
Record 9–3
Division place 1st NFL Western
Playoff finish Won NFL Championship (Giants) 31–16
Timeline
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< 1958 1960 >

The 1959 Baltimore Colts season was the seventh season for the team in the National Football League. The Baltimore Colts finished the NFL's 40th season with a record of 9 wins and 3 losses and finished first in the Western Conference, and defeated the New York Giants, 31–16 in the NFL Championship Game, which was the rematch of the previous season's classic title game, for their second consecutive NFL World Championship.

Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas had one of the great seasons by a passer in NFL history. Says Cold Hard Football Facts, "[Unitas's] 32 scoring strikes was an NFL record –- he was the first and only to top 30 [touchdowns] in the NFL's first 40 years –- and remains the standard for a 12-game season. He was in the midst of his record 47-game streak with a touchdown pass, and connected on at least one in every game of 1959."[1]

Cold Hard Football Facts also notes that the 1959 Colts were the only team in NFL history to lead the league in both offensive and defensive (i.e. opponents') passer rating for two consecutive seasons (1958–1959).[2] Every other team to had ever led the league in both has won an NFL championship.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 27, 1959 Detroit Lions W 21–9 1–0 Memorial Stadium
55,588
2 October 3, 1959 Chicago Bears L 21–26 1–1 Memorial Stadium
57,557
3 October 11, 1959 at Detroit Lions W 31–24 2–1 Tiger Stadium
54,197
4 October 18, 1959 at Chicago Bears W 21–7 3–1 Wrigley Field
48,430
5 October 25, 1959 Green Bay Packers W 38–21 4–1 Memorial Stadium
57,557
6 November 1, 1959 Cleveland Browns L 31–38 4–2 Memorial Stadium
57,557
7 November 8, 1959 at Washington Redskins L 24–27 4–3 Griffith Stadium
32,773
8 November 15, 1959 at Green Bay Packers W 28–24 5–3 Milwaukee County Stadium
25,521
9 November 22, 1959 San Francisco 49ers W 45–14 6–3 Memorial Stadium
57,557
10 November 29, 1959 Los Angeles Rams W 35–21 7–3 Memorial Stadium
57,557
11 December 5, 1959 at San Francisco 49ers W 34–14 8–3 Kezar Stadium
59,075
12 December 12, 1959 at Los Angeles Rams W 45–26 9–3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
65,528

Standings[edit]

NFL Western
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Baltimore Colts 9 3 0 .750 374 251 W-5
Chicago Bears 8 4 0 .667 252 196 W-7
San Francisco 49ers 7 5 0 .583 255 237 L-2
Green Bay Packers 7 5 0 .583 248 246 W-4
Detroit Lions 3 8 1 .273 203 275 L-1
Los Angeles Rams 2 10 0 .167 242 315 L-8

Postseason[edit]

The 1959 National Football League Championship Game was played on December 27, 1959 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. The game was a rematch of the 1958 championship game that went into overtime. The 1959 game was the 27th annual NFL championship game. The Colts beat the Giants 31–16, earning their second consecutive NFL Championship over the Giants.

Playoff Round Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
NFL Championship December 27, 1959 New York Giants W 31–16 1–0 Memorial Stadium
57,545

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