#WNSTSweet16 Best Local Sports Playoff Moments

January 14, 2014 | Luke Jones

1. The 1958 NFL Championship Game

When you consider what this game meant to not only the Hall of Fame career of Johnny Unitas and the city of Baltimore but to the empire that is the National Football League, there were no other options for the top spot as America watched the Baltimore Colts defeat the New York Giants in a 23-17 final at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 28, 1958.

Regarded by many as the greatest game ever played, the contest was highlighted by Unitas and future Hall of Fame wide receiver Raymond Berry marching the Colts down the field to set up a game-tying field goal with seconds remaining in regulation. This introduced the country to sudden-death overtime as the game was televised nationwide on NBC.

In the extra period, Unitas directed the Colts down to the 1, where fullback Alan Ameche plunged into the end zone to give Baltimore its first NFL championship and its greatest sports moment that has yet to be topped more than 50 years later.