1957 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 29 –
December 22, 1957
East ChampionsCleveland Browns
West ChampionsDetroit Lions (playoff)
Championship Game
ChampionsDetroit Lions

The 1957 NFL season was the 38th regular season of the National Football League. The season ended with the Detroit Lions defeating the Cleveland Browns in the NFL championship game, 59–14.

Draft

The 1957 NFL Draft was held on November 26, 1956 and January 31, 1957 at Philadelphia's Warwick Hotel and The Bellevue-Stratford Hotel. With the first pick, the Green Bay Packers selected halfback Paul Hornung from the University of Notre Dame.

Major rule changes

Conference races

Cleveland won its opener, 6–3 over the Giants, and led the Eastern Conference from wire to wire. A 17–7 loss to the Eagles in Week Four forced the Browns to share the lead with New York, but the Giants lost the following week, and spent the rest of the season trying to catch Cleveland.

The Western Conference race was more protracted. Baltimore, Detroit, and San Francisco were tied for the lead several times, and had identical 7–4 records at the end of the penultimate week.[1] When two teams tied for first place, they would meet in a one-game playoff. The NFL did have a provision for that: "If all three teams win, tie, or lose, then a two-week playoff series begins next Sunday with Baltimore drawing a bye, San Francisco playing Detroit, and the winner meeting the Colts at Baltimore Dec. 29."[2] Detroit and San Francisco both won while starting their backup quarterbacks (Tobin Rote and rookie John Brodie, respectively), but the Colts lost, so the additional playoff never took place.

Week Western Record Eastern Record
1 3 teams (Bal, GB, LA) 1–0–0 3 teams (Cards, Cle, Pit) 1–0–0
2 Baltimore Colts 2–0–0 Cleveland Browns 2–0–0
3 Baltimore Colts 3–0–0 Cleveland Browns 3–0–0
4 3 teams (Bal, Det, SF) 3–1–0 Tie (Cle, NYG) 3–1–0
5 San Francisco 49ers 4–1–0 Cleveland Browns 4–1–0
6 San Francisco 49ers 5–1–0 Cleveland Browns 5–1–0
7 San Francisco 49ers 5–2–0 Cleveland Browns 6–1–0
8 3 teams (Bal, Det, SF) 5–3–0 Cleveland Browns 6–1–1
9 Baltimore Colts 6–3–0 Cleveland Browns 7–1–1
10 Baltimore Colts 7–3–0 Cleveland Browns 8–1–1
11 3 teams (Bal, Det, SF) 7–4–0 Cleveland Browns 8–2–1
12 Tie (Det, SF) 8–4–0 Cleveland Browns 9–2–1

Final standings

Playoffs

Further information: 1957 NFL playoffs

Home team in capitals

Western Conference Playoff Game

NFL Championship Game

Awards

AP NFL Most Valuable Player Jim Brown, Fullback, Cleveland
AP NFL Coach of the Year George Wilson, Lions

Coaching changes

Stadium changes

The Green Bay Packers moved from City Stadium to New City Stadium

References

  1. ^ Olan, Ben (December 15, 1957). "Frisco, Lions, Colts seek title; Browns at New York". Youngstown Vindicator. Ohio. Associated Press. p. D1.
  2. ^ "Western NFL Championship At Stake Today," The Post-Standard (Syracuse), Dec 15, 1957, p34