NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Cleveland head coach Paul Brown selected young Jimmy Brown in the college draft, and in Jim’s first season, he becomes 1957 rookie of the year, leads the NFL in rushing and helps the Browns return to the NFL Championship Game. The top rated defensive club in pro football, the Browns are now in their 11th title game in the last 12 years, all under team founder Paul Brown! Even though they are going up against an old nemesis in the Detroit Lions, nobody but nobody suspects before the game what is about to happen. After all, the Lions are entering the game with three strikes against them: Charlie Ane, one of the league’s best tackles, is nursing a sore ankle and is out for the season. Even worse, star QB Bobby Layne broke his ankle with two weeks to go in the season and is now on crutches. After coaching the Lions to three straight conference titles and two World Championships in three years, Buddy Parker resigned two days before the first pre-season game, leaving assistant coach George Wilson in charge. So, even if any “expert” had forecast a final score of 59-14, no one would have believed that the Lions would be the winning team. But truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. By halftime, the fans at Briggs Stadium are in near hysteria with joy, as the Lions already have a 31-7 lead in an almost unbelievable game!
The turning point comes midway thru the second quarter after a 29-yard TD run by Jim Brown cuts the Lions 17-0 first quarter lead to 17-7. With the Lions at the Browns 33 yard line, FG placement holder and QB Tobin Rote pulls off a fake FG try. Grabbing the ball, he rolls to his right and tosses a 26-yd TD pass to Detroit’s rookie end Steve Junker for a 24-7 lead. Even though the Browns do score in the third quarter, it’s all downhill for the Browns from there. Against the highly rated Browns defense, the Lions score eight touchdowns, as quarterback Tobin Rote throws for four TD’s and scores one himself, kicker Jim Martin goes 8 for 8 in PAT’s and Detroit wins the World Championship Game by the second largest margin in NFL history, 59-14! It is a truly historic game, for even though the fabulous Jimmy Brown is just embarking on his remarkable career, the Browns will never again reach the championship game under the leadership of the great Paul Brown.
In this beautiful COLOR 28-minute film, Lions fans can once again see their heroes of that memorable 1957 season. In addition to coach George Wilson, Rote, Junker, Martin and Bobby Layne, you’ll see Hopalong Cassady, John Henry Johnson, Yale Lary, Jim David, Jack Christiansen, Joe Schmidt, Roger Zatkoff, Frank Gatski, Terry Barr, Jim Doran, Gene Gedman, Bob Long, Tom Tracy, John Gordy, Carl Karilivacz, Jerry Perry, Dave Middleton, Stan Campbell and Jerry Reichow. Browns shown in action include starting quarterback Tom O’Connell and backup Milt Plum, Mike McCormack, Don Colo, coach Paul Brown, Darrell Brewster, Ken Konz, Warren Lahr, Milt Campbell, Ray Renfro, Billy Reynolds, the brothers Lew and Preston Carpenter, Chet Hanulak, Jim Ray Smith, Lou Groza and of course, Jim Brown.
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