On December 29, 1963, the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants met in the NFL Championship. The game was played at Wrigley Field on a day where temperatures struggled to reach the teens. The Giants were led by their offense and QB Y.A. Tittle and HB/WR Frank Gifford. The George Halas led Bears were known for their defense and the Monsters of the Midway. The Tittle / Gifford combination got the scoring started on a 1st quarter 14 yard touchdown.
Soon after the Giants took the lead, Tittle took a hard hit to his knee and was not the same for the rest of the day. Bears defender Larry Moris picked off a Tittle pass which set up the Bears first td, a 2 yard td run from Billy Wade.
The first quarter closed with the game tied 7 - 7. The only scoring in the second quarter came from a 13 yard Giants FG and the game went to the half with the Giants on top 10 - 7. In the third quarter Tittle threw another INT which led to another Billy Wade td, Bears 14 - Giants 10. Neither team found the end zone in the fourth and the game ended with a score of 14 - 10 Bears.
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On December 24, 1950, the Cleveland Browns faced the Los Angeles Rams in the 18th Annual NFL Championship Game. Played at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium in front of 29,751 fans, the game was a hard fought back and forth battle. The Rams kicked off the scoring in the first quarter with QB Bob Waterfield throwing a 82 yard touchdown pass to Glenn Davis. Cleveland came back with a 31 yard pass from Otto Graham to Dub Jones to tie the game. Rams FB Dick Hoerner finsihed off the first quarter scoring with a 3 yard td run. The only points scored in the second quarter came on a 37 yard Graham to Dante Lavelli td strike and the game went to the half with a 14 - 13 score.
Lavelli and Graham hooked up again in the third quarter giving the Browns a 20 - 14 lead. The game continued it's back and forth scoring into the final quarter with the Rams holding a 28 - 27 lead as the Browns mounted their final scoring drive. As the clock wound down to the final seconds, Browns kicker Lou Groza kicked a 16 yard field goal to win the game. Final score, Browns 30 Rams 28.
On December 21, 1941 the Chicago Bears and New York Giants played in the NFL Championship Game at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The game was played two weeks after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, in front of just 13, 341 fans. Two of the game's participants, Young Bossey (Bears) and Jack Lummus (Giants) were eventually killed in World War II.
The game was close in the first half, with a halftime score of 9 - 6 Bears. Chicago came out strong in the second half scoring two touchdowns in the third quarter and two more in the fourth for a final score of 37 - 9.
On December 20, 1966, the NBA awarded a franchise to the city of Seattle. The Seattle SuperSonics began play in the 1967-68 NBA season at the Seattle Center Coliseum. The SuperSonics reached the playoffs for the first time in the 1974-75 season. In their 1978-79 season, the team won their first NBA Championship defeating the Washington Bullets 4 games to 1.
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