1964 NFL Championship Game
The 1964 National Football League championship game was the 32nd annual championship game. The NFL title game was held on December 27, 1964 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio before a crowd of 79,544. It was the first NFL title game to be televised by CBS.
The Baltimore Colts had finished the regular season with a record of 12–2 and won the Western Conference. The Colts were led by their second year head coach Don Shula and quarterback Johnny Unitas. This was the Colts' third NFL championship game appearance since joining the National Football League in 1953, seeking to win their first since 1959.
The Cleveland Browns had finished the regular season with a record of 10–3–1 and won the Eastern Conference. The Browns were led by their head coach Blanton Collier, quarterback Frank Ryan, running back Jim Brown and receivers Gary Collins and Paul Warfield. This was the Browns' eighth NFL championship game appearance since joining the NFL in 1950, and the first since 1957.
The first half went scoreless, but Cleveland went on a 17-point run to take the lead into the 4th. Johnny Unitas went for 12 of 20 passes for only 95 yards. Gary Collins set a title game record with three touchdown catches in one game. Frank Ryan, a quarterback who has arrived, threw those three passes in paving the way to the Browns' fourth NFL crown. Lou Groza kicked field goals of 42 and 10 yards. Jim Brown carried the ball 27 times and gaining 114 yards.
The Browns' win was the most recent major professional sports championship for the city of Cleveland.
- CLE – FG Groza 43 3–0 CLE
- CLE – Collins 18 yard pass from Ryan (Groza kick) 10–0 CLE
- CLE – Collins 42 yard pass from Ryan (Groza kick) 17–0 CLE
- CLE – FG Groza 9 20–0 CLE
- CLE – Collins 51 yard pass from Ryan (Groza kick) 27–0 CLE
- Referee: (56) Norm Schachter
- Umpire: (57) Joe Connell
- Head Linesman: (30) George Murphy
- Field Judge: (16) Mike Lisetski
- Back Judge: (25) Tom Kelleher
- Alternates: (52) George Rennix, (29) Stan Jaworowski
- Heaton, Chuck (December 27, 1964). "Browns Capture Crown, 27–0". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved December 12, 2007.