1954 NFL season
|Duration||September 26 –|
December 26, 1954
|East Champions||Cleveland Browns|
|West Champions||Detroit Lions|
Major rule changes
- Whenever it is raining, or whenever the field is wet and slippery, the offensive team can request a new, dry playable ball at any time.
In the Western Division, the 49ers pulled ahead in Week Five (October 24) with a 37–31 win over the Lions, but they lost four of their remaining seven games and finished 7–4–1. The Lions, on the other hand, lost only one game in their last seven, and finished 9–2–1. In the Eastern race, the Eagles got off to a 4–0 start, until dropping games to Pittsburgh (17–7) and Green Bay (37–14) to fall into a 3-way tie with the Giants and Steelers. The Browns, who got off to a 1–2 start, went on an 8-game winning streak, gradually catching up with a Halloween win over New York (24–14). A 6–0 win over Philadelphia on November 21 gave them the conference lead, and a 16–7 rematch win in New York the next week extended the margin. The Browns' streak was ended on December 19 with a 14–10 loss to the Lions. When the teams met in Cleveland again the next week (this time for the championship), the Browns won 56–10.
|1||3 teams (Det, LA, SF)||1–0–0||3 teams (NYG, Phi, Pit)||1–0–0|
|2||3 teams (Det, LA, SF)||1–0–1||Tie (Phi, Pit)||2–0–0|
|3||Tie (Det, SF)||2–0–1||Philadelphia Eagles||3–0–0|
|4||Tie (Det, SF)||3–0–1||Philadelphia Eagles||4–0–0|
|5||San Francisco 49ers||4–0–1||3 teams (NYG, PHI, PIT)||4–1–0|
|6||Tie (Det, SF)||4–1–1||3 teams (NYG, PHI, PIT)||4–2–0|
|7||Detroit Lions||5–1–0||Tie (NYG, PHI)||5–2–0|
|8||Detroit Lions||6–1–0||New York Giants||6–2–0|
|9||Detroit Lions||7–1–0||Cleveland Browns||6–2–0|
|10||Detroit Lions||8–1–0||Cleveland Browns||7–2–0|
|11||Detroit Lions||8–1–1||Cleveland Browns||8–2–0|
|12||Detroit Lions||8–2–1||Cleveland Browns||9–2–0|
|13||Detroit Lions||9–2–1||Cleveland Browns||9–3–0|
W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against
Note: The NFL did not officially count tie games in the standings until 1972
|New York Giants||7||5||0||.583||293||184|
|San Francisco 49ers||7||4||1||.636||313||251|
|Los Angeles Rams||6||5||1||.545||314||285|
|Green Bay Packers||4||8||0||.333||234||251|
NFL Championship Game
- Sporting News NFL Player of the Year – Lou Groza, Cleveland Browns
- UPI NFL Most Valuable Player – Joe Perry, San Francisco 49ers
|Passing||Norm Van Brocklin||Los Angeles||2637|
|Rushing||Joe Perry||San Francisco||1049|
|Receiving||Bob Boyd||Los Angeles||1212|
- Baltimore Colts: Keith Molesworth was replaced by Weeb Ewbank.
- Green Bay Packers: Lisle Blackbourn became the Packers' new head coach. Gene Ronzani resigned after 10 games into 1953. Hugh Devore and Ray McLean served as co-head coaches for the rest of the 1953 season.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Joe Bach was replaced by Walt Kiesling.
- New York Giants: Steve Owen was replaced by Jim Lee Howell.
- Washington Redskins: Curly Lambeau was replaced by Joe Kuharich.