On This Date In History: December 29, 1963

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.

If you have some time, check out the video below.  At least the first couple minutes.  Great stuff.

 

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