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1957 NFL Championship Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Cleveland Browns 0 7 7 0 14
Detroit Lions 17 14 14 14 59
Date December 29, 1957
Stadium Briggs Stadium
City Detroit, MI
Referee Ron Gibbs
Attendance 55,263
TV/Radio in the United States
TV Network NBC
TV Announcers Van Patrick, Ken Coleman
Radio Network NBC
Radio Announcers Ray Scott

The 1957 National Football League championship game was the 25th annual championship game. The NFL title game was held on December 29, 1957 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit, Michigan. The game was the fourth pairing of the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns in the championship game. The Lions beat the Browns in 3 of those 4 title games and have not appeared in or won a championship game (including the Super Bowl) since.

The Browns had won the Eastern Conference with a record of 9-2-1 while the Lions had to play a playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers in the previous week.

Game summary

While the Lions were without injured starting quarterback Bobby Layne, backup QB Tobin Rote filled in admirably, throwing four touchdown passes, completing 12 of 19 passes for 280 yards, and running in for another touchdown.[1]


Detroit Lions 59, Cleveland Browns 14


  • DET - FG Martin 31 3-0 DET
  • DET - Rote 1 yard run (Martin kick) 10-0 DET
  • DET - Gedman 1 yard run (Martin kick) 17-0 DET
  • CLE - Brown 29 yard run (Groza kick) 17-7 DET
  • DET - Junker 26 yard pass from Rote (Martin kick) 24-7 DET
  • DET - Barr 19 yard interception (Martin kick) 31-7 DET
  • CLE - Carpenter 5 yard run (Groza kick) 31-14 DET
  • DET - Doran 78 yard pass from Rote (Martin kick) 38-14 DET
  • DET - Junker 23 yard pass from Rote (Martin kick) 45-14 DET
  • DET - Middleton 32 yard pass from Rote (Martin kick) 52-14 DET
  • DET Cassady yard pass from Reichow (Martin kick) 59-14 DET


  1. ^ Chuck Heaton, Lions Crush Browns, 59-14, Cleveland Plain Dealer December 29, 1957, Plain Dealer Browns' History Database Accessed 12/12/2007,
Preceded by
NFL Championship Game, 1956
NFL Championship Game
Succeeded by
NFL Championship Game, 1958


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