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1950 NFL Championship Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Los Angeles Rams 14 0 14 0 28
Cleveland Browns 7 6 7 10 30
Date December 24, 1950
Stadium Cleveland Municipal Stadium
City Cleveland, OH
Attendance 29,751
TV/Radio in the United States
TV Network ABC
TV Announcers Harry Wismer, Red Grange

The 1950 National Football League championship game was the 18th NFL title game. The game was played on December 24, 1950 in Cleveland, Ohio's Municipal Stadium.

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Background

The 1950 season in the NFL brought some changes to the league. First the NFL had added three teams from the All-America Football Conference. The NFL realigined the Eastern and Western Divisions into the American Conference and National Conference. For the first time both division/conference races resulted in ties at the end of the regular season, resulting in two playoff games. In the American Conference, the Cleveland Browns (who had joined the NFL from the AAFC) defeated the New York Giants, while in the National Conference the Los Angeles Rams beat the Chicago Bears.

The Browns had been the AAFC's most dominant team, winning all four of its championships. The Rams, who left Cleveland after the 1945 season for Los Angeles, were making their second straight appearance in an NFL title game. [1]

Game summary

  • First Quarter
  • Second Quarter
    • Cle-Lavelli 35 yard pass from Graham (conversion pass failed) 14-13 LA
  • Third Quarter
    • Cle-Lavelli 39 yard pass from Graham (Groza kick) 20-14 CLE
    • LA-Hoerner 1 yard run (Waterfield kick) 21-20 LA
    • LA-Brink 6 yard fumble return (Waterfield kick) 28-20 LA
  • Fourth Quarter
    • Cle-Bumgardner 14 yard pass from Graham (Groza kick) 28-27 LA
    • Cle- Groza 16 yard field goal 30-28 CLE

Final statistics

Source:The NFL's Official Encyclopedic History of Professional Football, (1973), p.109, Macmillan Publishing Co. New York, NY, LCCN 73-3862

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Statistical comparison

Cleveland Browns Los Angeles Rams
First downs 22 22
First downs rushing 8 9
First downs passing 13 12
First downs penalty 1 1
Total yards 414 418
Passing yards 298 312
Passing – Completions-attempts 22-32 18-32
Passing – Yards per attempt 9.3 9.75
Interceptions-return yards 5-54 1-11
Rushing yards 116 106
Rushing attempts 25 36
Yards per rush 4.6 2.9
Penalties-yards 3-35 4-48
Fumbles-lost 3-3 0-0
Punts-Average 5-38.4 4-50.8

Individual leaders

Browns Passing
C/ATT Yds TD INT
Otto Graham 22/32 298 4 1
Browns Rushing
Car Yds TD
Graham 12 99 0
Marion Motley 6 9 0
Dub Jones 2 4 0
Rex Bumgardner 5 2 0
Browns Receiving
Rec Yds TD
Dante Lavelli 11 128 2
Jones 4 80 1
Bumgardner 4 46 1
Horace Gillom 1 29 0
Mac Speedie 1 17 0
Rams Passing
C/ATT Yds TD INT
Bob Waterfield 18/31 312 1 4
Norm Van Brocklin 0/1 0 0 1
Rams Rushing
Car Yds TD
Dick Hoerner 24 86 2
Smith 4 11 0
Glenn Davis 6 6 0
Rams Receiving
Rec Yds TD
Tom Fears 9 136 0
Elroy Hirsch 4 42 0
Smith 3 46 0
Davis 2 88 1


References

  1. ^ Harry Jones, Groza's Field Goal Is Signal for Celebration, Cleveland Plain Dealer December 24, 1950, Plain Dealer Browns' History Database Accessed 12/12/2007, http://www.cleveland.com/brownshistory/plaindealer/index.ssf?/browns/more/history/19501224BROWNS.html
Preceded by
NFL Championship Game, 1949
NFL Championship Game
1950
Succeeded by
NFL Championship Game, 1951

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