1962 NFL season

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1962 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 15 –
December 30, 1962
East Champions New York Giants
West Champions Green Bay Packers
Championship Game
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.

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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.

Draft

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.

Major rule changes

Conference races

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.

WeekWestern ConferenceRecordEastern ConferenceRecord
14 teams (Bal, Chi, Det, GB)1–0–0Tie (Cle, St.L)1–0–0
24 teams (Bal, Chi, Det, GB)2–0–0 Washington Redskins 1–0–1
3Tie (Det, GB)3–0–0Washington Redskins2–0–1
4 Green Bay Packers 4–0–0Washington Redskins3–0–1
5Green Bay Packers5–0–0Washington Redskins3–0–2
6Green Bay Packers6–0–0Washington Redskins4–0–2
7Green Bay Packers7–0–0Washington Redskins4–1–2
8Green Bay Packers8–0–0 New York Giants 6–2–0
9Green Bay Packers9–0–0New York Giants7–2–0
10Green Bay Packers10–0–0New York Giants8–2–0
11Green Bay Packers10–1–0New York Giants9–2–0
12Green Bay Packers11–1–0New York Giants10–2–0
13Green Bay Packers12–1–0New York Giants11–2–0
14Green Bay Packers13–1–0New York Giants12–2–0

Final standings

Postseason

NFL Championship Game

Playoff Bowl

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.

Awards

Most Valuable Player Jim Taylor, Fullback, Green Bay
Coach of the Year Allie Sherman, New York Giants

Coaching changes

Offseason

In-season

See also

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