Trip Down Memory Lane

Sunday certainly won't be the first time the Giants and Packers met with a whole lot on the line. The two storied franchises have actually matched up five times in the NFL Championship Game. Here's how those contests unfolded.

1938 NFL Championship: Giants 23, Packers 17

Dec. 11 at Polo Grounds (48,120)

The battered Giants prevailed in a bruising battle. New York jumped to a 9-0 lead on a Ward Cuff field goal and a Tuffy Leemans 6-yard run (kick failed). Green Bay then sandwiched two touchdowns around a Charles Barnard touchdown catch from Ed Danowski to tighten the score, 16-14, at halftime. The winning touchdown came on a third-quarter pass from Ed Danowski to Hank Soar. The Giants blocked two punts that led to nine first-quarter points for Big Blue. Ward Cuff batted away a last-second Arnie Herber pass into the end zone.

1939 NFL Championship: Packers 27, Giants 0

Dec. 10 at State Fair Park (32,279)

In cold, windy Milwaukee, Green Bay exacted revenge for previous year's title game defeat. The Packers pulled away in the third quarter on a touchdown pass from Cecil Isbell to Joe Laws. The Giants were held to seven first downs and 149 yards. Giants coach Steve Owens missed the game to attend his mother's funeral.

1944 NFL Championship: Packers 14, Giants 7

Dec. 17 at Polo Grounds (46,016)

Green Bay was led by fullback Ted Fritsch's pair of second-quarter touchdowns. The offensively-challenged Giants finally got on the board early in the final quarter on a Ward Cuff one-yard plunge. The Giants rally was snuffed out when quarterback Arnie Herber, a former Packer called out of retirement for the season, was intercepted at the Packers 20-yard line in the final minutes.

1961 NFL Championship: Packers 37, Giants 0

Dec. 31 at City Stadium (39,029)

Brutal Green Bay cold weather contributed to Kyle Rote dropping two sure touchdowns in the first half. The Packers left the New York defense, which was the NFL's top unit, shell-shocked with 24 second-quarter points. Packers quarterback Bart Starr threw three touchdown passes, two to Ron Kramer. Paul Hornung, on leave from Army duty, scored 19 points in the first title game ever played in Green Bay. New York was intercepted four times, and managed just six first downs and 130 total yards of offense.

1962 NFL Championship: Packers 16, Giants 7

Dec. 30 at Yankee Stadium (64,892)

Giants' Erich Barnes blocked Max McGee's end-zone punt and rookie Jim Collier recovered for a touchdown midway through the third quarter. That cut Green Bay's third-quarter lead to 10-7, but Jerry Kramer's second and third FGs, a stern defense led by Ray Nitschke and 13-degree temperature paired with 40 mph winds helped the Pack hold off the Giants.


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