1956 NFL Championship Game
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In the 1956 National Football League Championship Game played at Yankee Stadium in New York City on December 30, 1956, the New York Giants defeated the Chicago Bears 47–7. It was the 24th annual NFL championship game.
The game was played on an icy field. To adjust to the conditions, the Giants opted to wear sneakers instead of traditional football cleats. The advantage the sneakers provided in footing was cited as a major factor in New York's romp. Twenty-two years earlier on an icy Polo Grounds field, the Giants had employed the same tactic and beat the Bears to win the 1934 NFL Championship in the famous "Sneakers Game."
The 1956 Giants featured a number of Hall of Fame players, including running backs Frank Gifford and Alex Webster, offensive tackle Roosevelt Brown, linebacker Sam Huff, and defensive end Andy Robustelli. Two assistants of Giants head coach Jim Lee Howell, Offensive Coordinator Vince Lombardi and Defensive Coordinator Tom Landry, later became NFL Hall of Fame head coaches with other franchises; Lombardi coached the Green Bay Packers to five NFL Championships during the 1960s and Landry coached the Dallas Cowboys to two NFL Championships during the 1970s.
The 1956 season marked the Giants first at Yankee Stadium and the team earned its way to the championship game by winning the NFL Eastern Division title with a regular season record of 8–3–1. This was the first Championship without the Cleveland Browns appearing, who had appeared since 1950. The 1956 NFL Championship was the fourth in the history of the New York Giants franchise. It would be another thirty years before the Giants would win another championship.
New York 47, Chicago 7
- NY Webster 3 run (Agajanian kick) 20–0 NYG
- CHI Casares 9 run (Blanda kick) 20–7 NYG
- NY Webster 1 run (Agajanian kick) 27–7 NYG
- NY Moore recovered blocked punt in end zone (Agajanian kick) 34–7 NYG
- NY Gifford 14 yard pass from Conerly (Agajanian kick) 47–7 NYG