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The 1964 NFL season was the 45th regular season of the National Football League. Before the season started, NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle reinstated Green Bay Packers running back Paul Hornung and Detroit Lions defensive tackle Alex Karras, who had been suspended for the 1963 season due to gambling.

The season ended when the Cleveland Browns defeated the Baltimore Colts in the NFL Championship Game - the last major sports championship for any Cleveland team to date.

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Conference races

The Western Conference race started with Baltimore losing its opener at Minnesota, 34-24. After that, the Colts went on an 11-game winning streak, taking the lead on October 4 with their 35-20 win over the Rams, and clinching a spot in the title game on November 22.

In the Eastern Conference, the Browns and the Cardinals played to a 33-33 tie on September 20, and were both 4-1-1 after six games. In Week Seven, Cleveland beat New York 42-20, while St. Louis fell to Dallas, 31-13. When the Cardinals beat the Browns 28-19 in Week Thirteen, they were only a game behind and needed a win and a Cleveland loss to have a chance for a playoff. St. Louis won, 36-34 in Philadelphia, but Cleveland also won, 52-20 over the Giants.

Week WESTERN EASTERN
1 4 teams (Det,GB,LA,Min) 1-0-0 3 teams (Cle, Phi, StL) 1-0-0
2 Tie (Det, LA) 1-0-1 Tie (Cle, StL) 1-0-1
3 LOS ANGELES RAMS 2-0-1 Tie (Cle, StL) 2-0-1
4 BALTIMORE COLTS 3-1-0 Tie (Cle, StL) 3-0-1
5 BALTIMORE COLTS 4-1-0 Tie (Cle, StL) 3-1-1
6 BALTIMORE COLTS 5-1-0 Tie (Cle, StL) 4-1-1
7 BALTIMORE COLTS 6-1-0 CLEVELAND BROWNS 5-1-1
8 BALTIMORE COLTS 7-1-0 CLEVELAND BROWNS 6-1-1
9 BALTIMORE COLTS 8-1-0 CLEVELAND BROWNS 7-1-1
10 BALTIMORE COLTS 9-1-0 CLEVELAND BROWNS 8-1-1
11 BALTIMORE COLTS 10-1-0 CLEVELAND BROWNS 8-2-1
12 BALTIMORE COLTS 11-1-0 CLEVELAND BROWNS 9-2-1
13 BALTIMORE COLTS 11-2-0 CLEVELAND BROWNS 9-3-1
14 BALTIMORE COLTS 12-2-0 CLEVELAND BROWNS 10-3-1

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
Cleveland Browns 10 3 1 .769 415 293
St. Louis Cardinals 9 3 2 .750 357 331
Philadelphia Eagles 6 8 0 .429 312 313
Washington Redskins 6 8 0 .429 307 305
Dallas Cowboys 5 8 1 .385 250 289
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 9 0 .357 253 315
New York Giants 2 10 2 .167 241 399
Western Conference
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Baltimore Colts 12 2 0 .857 428 225
Green Bay Packers 8 5 1 .615 342 245
Minnesota Vikings 8 5 1 .615 355 296
Detroit Lions 7 5 2 .583 280 260
Los Angeles Rams 5 7 2 .417 283 339
Chicago Bears 5 9 0 .357 260 379
San Francisco 49ers 4 10 0 .286 236 330

NFL Championship Game

Cleveland 27, Baltimore 0 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio, December 27, 1964

References

  • NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
  • NFL History 1961-1970 (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
  • 1964 season in details
  • Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
1964 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
1964 NFL DraftNFL ChampionshipPro Bowl
Related: 1964 AFL Season
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