1961 NFL Championship Game

1961 NFL Championship Game

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1961 NFL Championship Game

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The 1961 National Football League championship game was the 29th title game. The game was played at "New" City Stadium, later known as Lambeau Field, in Green Bay, Wisconsin on December 31, 1961. The attendance was 39,029.

The game was a match-up against the Eastern Conference Champions New York Giants (10-3-1) against the Western Conference champions Green Bay Packers (11-3).

Paul Hornung, on leave from the Army, scored 19 points for the Packers.

The victory would be the first of five NFL titles won in a seven-year span by the Packers and their coach, Vince Lombardi.


This was the first championship to be held in Green Bay. The Packers only other championship home game until then was played in Milwaukee in 1939. The Giants were playing in their 3rd championship game in four years.

With 40,000 tickets sold at $10 each and $615,000 in TV revenue, this game was the first NFL Championship to generate $1 million in revenue. Temperature at game time hovered at 20ºF and for several days the field had been covered with a tarp topped by a foot of hay. The covering was particularly significant as just two days before, the temperature dipped to -15ºF. Field conditions were of paramount concern if the teams were to make effective use of the running game. All the Packers players used cleats and about half of the Giants players, led by coach Allie Sherman, chose sneakers, believing sneakers would grip better on a frozen field. At 6am on game day workers began the...
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