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Historical New York Giants Clips: 1956 Vs. Chicago Bears

June 22nd, 2013 at 10:30 AM
By Dan Benton

Historical New York Giants clips is a weekly Giants 101 offseason feature that takes a look back at vintage video of Big Blue, both in color and black and white, over the course of their illustrious history. Whether it's a win or a loss, the purpose of this feature is to help educate newer generations of Giants fans and to bring older generations of Giants fans back in time. Enjoy.

For many older New York Giants fans, the run in the late 80's/early 90's and then the subsequent run here in recent years under head coach Tom Coughlin are special. But they probably don't quite live up to how special 1956 was. After all, it was the team's first NFL title since 1938 and it was won in dominating fashion — a 47-7 beatdown of the Chicago Bears

After finishing the season with a record of 8-3-1, the Giants squared off with the 9-2-1 Chicago Bears in the NFL Championship Game at Yankee Stadium. It was a rematch of a week nine game that ended in a 17-17 tie. Ironically, that tie helped the Bears squeak past the Detroit Lions (9-3) who had beaten the Bears 42-10 in week 10.

Charlie Conerly (7-10 for 195 yards and 2 TDs) and Frank Gifford (161 total yards and 1 TD) led the offensive onslaught for the Giants, while Sam Huff, Bill Svoboda and Jimmy Patton helped the defense hold Chicago to a mere seven points.

Big Blue would go on to finish in second-place in the NFL East Division in 1957 before winning it again in both 1958 and 1959. However, they would fall to the Baltimore Colts in the championship game in each of those seasons, and the 23-17 loss in 1958 would go on to be called "The Greatest Game Ever Played."

The Giants would not win another championship until 1986.


Tags: Baltimore, Charlie Conerly, Chicago, Chicago Bears, Detroit, Detroit Lions, Football, Frank Gifford, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin

4 Responses to “Historical New York Giants Clips: 1956 Vs. Chicago Bears”

  1. Dan BentonDan Benton says:

    Welcome back to one of everyone’s favorite articles!

  2.  TuckThis says:

    What? No new Victor Cruz contract story? ;-)

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