The game with the Cardinals was originally scheduled to be played at St. Louis, but the game was shifted to Baltimore when the baseball Cardinals reached the World Series, preempting football use of Busch Stadium during the Series.
After the Colts' 12–2 season they traveled to Cleveland to take on the Browns. This was the third championship game appearance since joining the NFL in 1953. In an uneventful first half the teams were tied with 0 at halftime. The Browns would then score 27 second half points in their 27–0 rout of the Colts.