Tuesday, December 19, 2000
Updated: December 16, 1:39 PM ET
Giants advance to NFL Title Game
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
Dec. 21, 1958
The previous week, in the regular-season finale, the New York Giants defeated the Cleveland Browns 13-10 when Pat Summerall kicked a 49-yard field goal in the final minute. The victory enabled the Giants to tie the Browns for the Eastern Conference at 9-3, forcing today's playoff game at Yankee Stadium.
Cleveland's Jim Brown, who led the league with a then-record 1,527 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns (17 on the ground), has his most disappointing game as a pro. Hitting the second-year fullback hard and often, the Giants' defense limits him to a mere eight yards on seven carries. The Giants score the game's only touchdown on a trick play in the first quarter. From Cleveland's 18-yard line, it's a double reverse, from quarterback Charlie Conerly to fullback Alex Webster to halfback Frank Gifford. When Gifford reaches the 10, he laterals to a trailing Conerly, who scores. Summerall boots a field goal in the second quarter and the Giants, with their 10-0 victory, advance to the NFL championship game against the Baltimore Colts.