1962 NFL season

1962 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 15 –
December 30, 1962
East Champions New York Giants
West Champions Green Bay Packers
Championship Game
Champions Green Bay Packers

The 1962 NFL season was the 43rd regular season of the National Football League (NFL). Before the season, CBS signed a contract with the league to televise all regular-season games for a $4.65 million annual fee.

The season ended on December 30, when the Green Bay Packers defeated the New York Giants 16–7 in the NFL championship game at Yankee Stadium. The Packers successfully defended their 1961 NFL title, finishing the 1962 season at 14–1; their only loss was to the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day at Tiger Stadium.

Major rule changes

  • Grabbing any player's facemask is prohibited.

Conference races

The Green Bay Packers won their first ten games, until losing 26–14 on November 22 at Detroit. The Lions' win put them a game behind the Pack rather than 2 games behind, but in the final week, they lost to Chicago, 3–0. Even a Lions win would have been made moot when Green Bay's won 20–17 at L.A. to finish with a record of 13–1.

In the Eastern conference, the Redskins were unbeaten after six games. Their four wins and two ties would have been an .833 record in later years, but in 1962, a tie game wasn't counted at all. In Week Seven (October 28), the Giants handed the Skins their first loss, 49–34. When Washington lost again the next week, 38–10 to Dallas, the Giants 31–28 win over St. Louis gave them a 6–2 record and the conference lead. The Giants rode a nine-game winning streak to capture the Eastern title and the right to host the title game against Green Bay.

Week Western Conference Record Eastern Conference Record
1 4 teams (Bal, Chi, Det, GB) 1–0–0 Tie (Cle, St.L) 1–0–0
2 4 teams (Bal, Chi, Det, GB) 2–0–0 Washington Redskins 1–0–1
3 Tie (Det, GB) 3–0–0 Washington Redskins 2–0–1
4 Green Bay Packers 4–0–0 Washington Redskins 3–0–1
5 Green Bay Packers 5–0–0 Washington Redskins 3–0–2
6 Green Bay Packers 6–0–0 Washington Redskins 4–0–2
7 Green Bay Packers 7–0–0 Washington Redskins 4–1–2
8 Green Bay Packers 8–0–0 New York Giants 6–2–0
9 Green Bay Packers 9–0–0 New York Giants 7–2–0
10 Green Bay Packers 10–0–0 New York Giants 8–2–0
11 Green Bay Packers 10–1–0 New York Giants 9–2–0
12 Green Bay Packers 11–1–0 New York Giants 10–2–0
13 Green Bay Packers 12–1–0 New York Giants 11–2–0
14 Green Bay Packers 13–1–0 New York Giants 12–2–0

Final standings

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against

Note: Prior to 1972, the NFL did not include tie games when calculating a team's winning percentage in the official standings

Eastern Conference
New York Giants 1220.857398283
Pittsburgh Steelers 950.643312363
Cleveland Browns 761.538291257
Washington Redskins 572.417305376
Dallas Cowboys 581.385398402
St. Louis Cardinals 491.308287361
Philadelphia Eagles 3101.231282356
Western Conference
Green Bay Packers 1310.929415148
Detroit Lions 1130.786315177
Chicago Bears 950.643321287
Baltimore Colts 770.500293288
San Francisco 49ers 680.429282331
Minnesota Vikings 2111.154254410
Los Angeles Rams 1121.077220334

NFL Championship Game

Playoff Bowl

The Playoff Bowl was between the conference runners-up, for third place in the league. This was its third year (of ten) and it was played a week after the title game.


Most Valuable PlayerJim Taylor, Fullback, Green Bay
Coach of the YearAllie Sherman, New York Giants


The 1962 NFL Draft was held on December 4, 1961 at Chicago's Sheraton Hotel & Towers. With the first pick, the Washington Redskins selected back Ernie Davis from Syracuse University.


Eastern Conference

Western Conference

See also


  • NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
  • NFL History 1961–1970 (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
  • Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
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