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The 1962 NFL season was the 43rd regular season of the National Football League. 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 30th, 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.

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Major rule changes

  • Grabbing any player's facemask is prohibited.

Conference races

The Green Bay Packers won their first ten games, until losing 26–14 on November 22 at Detroit (26–14). 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 wasn't 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 EASTERN
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

Final standings

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against

Note: Prior to 1972, the NFL did not include tie games when calculating a team's winning percentage in the official standings

Eastern Conference
Team W L T PCT PF PA
New York Giants 12 2 0 .857 398 283
Pittsburgh Steelers 9 5 0 .643 312 363
Cleveland Browns 7 6 1 .538 291 257
Washington Redskins 5 7 2 .417 305 376
Dallas Cowboys 5 8 1 .385 398 402
St. Louis Cardinals 4 9 1 .308 287 361
Philadelphia Eagles 3 10 1 .231 282 356
Western Conference
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Green Bay Packers 13 1 0 .929 415 148
Detroit Lions 11 3 0 .786 315 177
Chicago Bears 9 5 0 .643 321 287
Baltimore Colts 7 7 0 .500 293 288
San Francisco 49ers 6 8 0 .429 282 331
Minnesota Vikings 2 11 1 .154 254 410
Los Angeles Rams 1 12 1 .077 220 334


NFL Championship Game

References

  • NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
  • NFL History 1961-1970 (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
  • 1962 season in details
  • Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
1962 NFL Season
Eastern Conference Western Conference
Cleveland Baltimore
Dallas Chicago
NY Giants Detroit
Philadelphia Green Bay
Pittsburgh Los Angeles
St. Louis Minnesota
Washington San Francisco
1962 NFL DraftNFL ChampionshipPro Bowl
Related: 1962 AFL Season
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