1957 NFL Championship Game

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1957 NFL Championship Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Cleveland Browns 0 7 7 0 14
Detroit Lions 17 14 14 14 59
Date December 29, 1957
Stadium Briggs Stadium
City Detroit, MI
Referee Ron Gibbs
Attendance 55,263
TV/Radio in the United States
TV Network NBC
TV Announcers Van Patrick, Ken Coleman, Red Grange
Radio Network NBC
Radio Announcers Ray Scott, Bill McColgan
Previous game Next game
1956 1958

The 1957 National Football League championship game was the 25th annual championship game. The NFL title game was held on December 29, 1957 at Briggs Stadium, in Detroit, Michigan. The game was the fourth pairing of the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns in the championship game. The Lions, who beat the Browns in 3 of those 4 title games, have not appeared in or won an NFL championship game (including the Super Bowl) since; the closest they have come to date was a berth in the 1992 NFC Championship Game, which they lost to the Washington Redskins.

The Browns had won the Eastern Conference with a record of 9–2–1 while the Lions had to play a playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers in the previous week.

Game summary[edit]

While the Lions were without injured starting quarterback Bobby Layne, backup QB Tobin Rote filled in admirably, throwing four touchdown passes, completing 12 of 19 passes for 280 yards, and running in for another touchdown. O'Connell and Plum, on the other hand hit on a combined total of 9 of 22 passes for 112 yards. Taking full advantage of a pass interception and a fumble, Detroit ran up a 17-0 lead in the first quarter. Jim Brown gave the Cleveland rooters some hope with a 30-yard touchdown swing at the start of the second period. Then, things went from bad to worse for the Browns, hampered by injuries to quarterbacks Tommy O'Connell and Milt Plum. The Lions romped for 14 points in each of the last three quarters.[1]


  • DET – FG Martin, 31 yds. 3–0 DET
  • DET – Rote 1-yard run (Martin kick) 10–0 DET
  • DET – Gedman 1-yard run (Martin kick) 17–0 DET
  • CLE – Brown 29-yard run (Groza kick) 17–7 DET
  • DET – Junker 26-yard pass from Rote (Martin kick) 24–7 DET
  • DET – Barr 19-yard interception (Martin kick) 31–7 DET
  • CLE – Lew Carpenter 5-yard run (Groza kick) 31–14 DET
  • DET – Doran 78-yard pass from Rote (Martin kick) 38–14 DET
  • DET – Junker 23-yard pass from Rote (Martin kick) 45–14 DET
  • DET – Middleton 32-yard pass from Rote (Martin kick) 52–14 DET
  • DET - Cassady 17-yard pass from Reichow (Martin kick) 59–14 DET

Starting lineups[edit]

Detroit Position Cleveland
Jim Doran LE Pete Brewster
Lou Creekmur LT Lou Groza
Harley Sewell LG Herschel Forester
Frank Gatski C Art Hunter
Stan Campbell RG Fred Robinson
Ken Russell RT Mike McCormack
Steve Junker RE Preston Carpenter
Tobin Rote QB Tommy O'Connell
Gene Gedman LHB Ray Renfro
Hopalong Cassady RHB Lew Carpenter
John Henry Johnson FB Jim Brown
Darris McCord LDE Bill Quinlan
Ray Krouse LDT Bob Gain
Gil Mains RDT Don Colo
Gene Cronin RDE Len Ford
Bob Long (linebacker) LLB Galen Fiss
Joe Schmidt MLB Vince Costello
Roger Zatkoff RLB Walt Michaels
Carl Karilivacz DB Junior Wren
Jack Christiansen DB Ken Konz
Yale Lary DB Warren Lahr
Jim David DB Don Paul

Players in the Hall of Fame[edit]

Eleven individuals (including coaches and administration) who were involved in this game are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[2] Another Lions Hall-of-Famer, QB Bobby Layne, was injured and did not play in the game.

Detroit Lions[edit]

Cleveland Browns[edit]


  1. ^ Chuck Heaton, Lions Crush Browns, 59–14, Cleveland Plain Dealer December 29, 1957, Plain Dealer Browns' History Database Accessed December 12, 2007, http://www.cleveland.com/brownshistory/plaindealer/index.ssf?/browns/more/history/19571229BROWNS.html
  2. ^ Ted Maher, Bob Gill (1997). The Pro Football Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Macmillan Inc. ISBN 0-02-861989-7.