|Duration||September 15 –|
December 30, 1962
|East Champions||New York Giants|
|West Champions||Green Bay Packers|
|Champions||Green Bay Packers|
The 1962 NFL season was the 43rd regular season of the National Football League (NFL). Before the season, CBS signed a contract with the league to televise all regular-season games for a $4.65 million annual fee.
The season ended on December 30, when the Green Bay Packers defeated the New York Giants 16–7 in the NFL championship game at Yankee Stadium. The Packers successfully defended their 1961 NFL title, finishing the 1962 season at 14–1; their only loss was to the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day at Tiger Stadium.
The 1962 NFL Draft was held on December 4, 1961 at Chicago's Sheraton Hotel & Towers. With the first pick, the Washington Redskins selected back Ernie Davis from Syracuse University.
The Green Bay Packers won their first ten games, until losing 26–14 on November 22 at Detroit. The Lions' win put them a game behind the Pack rather than 2 games behind, but in the final week, they lost to Chicago, 3–0. Even a Lions win would have been made moot when Green Bay's won 20–17 at L.A. to finish with a record of 13–1.
In the Eastern conference, the Redskins were unbeaten after six games. Their four wins and two ties would have been an .833 record in later years, but in 1962, a tie game was not counted at all. In Week Seven (October 28), the Giants handed the Skins their first loss, 49–34. When Washington lost again the next week, 38–10 to Dallas, the Giants 31–28 win over St. Louis gave them a 6–2 record and the conference lead. The Giants rode a nine-game winning streak to capture the Eastern title and the right to host the title game against Green Bay.
|Week||Western Conference||Record||Eastern Conference||Record|
|1||4 teams (Bal, Chi, Det, GB)||1–0–0||Tie (Cle, St.L)||1–0–0|
|2||4 teams (Bal, Chi, Det, GB)||2–0–0||Washington Redskins||1–0–1|
|3||Tie (Det, GB)||3–0–0||Washington Redskins||2–0–1|
|4||Green Bay Packers||4–0–0||Washington Redskins||3–0–1|
|5||Green Bay Packers||5–0–0||Washington Redskins||3–0–2|
|6||Green Bay Packers||6–0–0||Washington Redskins||4–0–2|
|7||Green Bay Packers||7–0–0||Washington Redskins||4–1–2|
|8||Green Bay Packers||8–0–0||New York Giants||6–2–0|
|9||Green Bay Packers||9–0–0||New York Giants||7–2–0|
|10||Green Bay Packers||10–0–0||New York Giants||8–2–0|
|11||Green Bay Packers||10–1–0||New York Giants||9–2–0|
|12||Green Bay Packers||11–1–0||New York Giants||10–2–0|
|13||Green Bay Packers||12–1–0||New York Giants||11–2–0|
|14||Green Bay Packers||13–1–0||New York Giants||12–2–0|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
The Playoff Bowl was between the conference runners-up, for third place in the league. This was its third year (of ten) and it was played a week after the title game.
|Most Valuable Player||Jim Taylor, Fullback, Green Bay|
|Coach of the Year||Allie Sherman, New York Giants|
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