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The Baltimore Colts met the New York Giants at Yankee Stadium in 1958 for the NFL Championship game. The Colts outlasted the G-men 23-17 thanks to a one-yard touchdown run by Alan Ameche in the first sudden-death overtime in league history. The game was televised on NBC to a national audience of more than 50 million viewers, helping launch the NFL's popularity across the country. And, with 17 future Hall of Famers on the field, including legendary Colts' QB Johnny Unitas, it's no surprise it was immortalized in football lore as The Greatest Game Ever Played.

Text: Abe Schwadron, SI.com
Photo: AP

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