Rare Sports Films

1956
NFL HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR

     This is the 1956 NFL Highlights Film, narrated by TV sportscaster Jim Leaming. Each team in the NFL is covered in order of the final standings, from bottom to top. Shown is a re-cap of each team's BEST game of the season. Below is a listing of the games shown, in order:

W L T TEAM OPPONENT  
 4     8 Packers 42 Rams 17 at County Stadium, Milwaukee
 3     8   1 Eagles 35 Steelers 21 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
 4     8 Rams 27 Eagles 7 at The Coliseum, Los Angeles
 5     7 Steelers 24 Browns 16 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland
 5     7 Colts 56 Rams 21 at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore
 5     7     Browns 24 Packers 7 County Stadium, Milwaukee
 5     6    1 49’ers 20 Colts 17 at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore
 7     5 Cardinals 31 Redskins 3 at Griffith Stadium, Washington
 9     3 Lions 42 Bears 10 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit
 6     6     Redskins 33 Giants 7 at Griffith Stadium, Washington
  9     2     1 Bears 38 Lions 21 at Wrigley Field, Chicago
 8     3     1 Giants 38 Steelers 10 at Yankee Stadium, New York
          Giants 17 Bears 17 at Yankee Stadium, New York

"TIME FOR FOOTBALL"
Week 4
Games of October 21, 1956

     First shown on this DVD are highlights of the 4th week of the 1956 season. "Time For Football", shows highlights from all six games of Sunday October 21, 1956 as Jim Leaming describes the action (players in parentheses are shown in close-ups):

  • Bears vs Baltimore Colts at Wrigley Field, Chicago - (Rick Casares, Harlon Hill) Casares and Hill each score two TD's as Bears swamp Colts 58-27. A Casares TD run and two Ed Brown to Hill TD passes have the Bears in front 20-14 at halftime (George Blanda's streak of 156 consecutive PAT's is broken). Rookie Lenny Moore and Alan Ameche have first half TD's for Colts, and rookie Johnny Unitas' first career NFL pass is intercepted! Carl Taseff's 96-yd return of a missed FG attempt makes it 21-20 Colts early third quarter, then Bears take charge with four consecutive scores before young rookie Johnny Unitas throws TD pass to Jim Mutscheller for final points of the day.
  • Chicago Cardinals vs Eagles at Connie Mack Stadium - Two Pat Summerall FG's and TD's by Gern Nagler and Johnny Olszewski lead Cardinals to 20-6 victory over Eagles. All six Philadelphia points are scored on two FG's by Bobby Walston.
  • Packers vs Rams at County Stadium, Milwaukee - (Tobin Rote, Billy Wade, Elroy Hirsch) Billy Howton has 7 receptions for 257 yards on the day and breaks Don Hutson's receiving record, as Green Bay beats Rams 42-17! Howton and Gary Knafelc score two TD's each for Packers in lopsided win. Leon Clarke and Tank Younger score for Rams.
  • Redskins vs Browns at Griffith Stadium, Washington - (Eddie LeBaron, Leo Elter and George Ratterman) Lou Groza's three FG's have Cleveland up 9-7 at the half, but Browns are blanked in second half, while LeBaron to Dick James TD pass and Sam Baker's two FG's make final score 20-9 for Washington!
  • Giants vs Steelers at Yankee Stadium - Giants play first game ever in their new home and rout Pittsburgh 38-10! Two Conerly TD passes and touchdowns by Frank Gifford, Kyle Rote and Gene Filipski seal Giant's 38-10 victory!
  • Lions vs 49'ers at Briggs Stadium, Detroit - (Hopalong Cassady and Don McIlhenny) Bobby Layne's two FG's, including the game-winner with just 17 seconds left, lifts Lions to 20-17 win over 49'ers in action-packed see-saw game! Detroit rookie Don McIlhenny is outstanding with clutch running and first half TD. John Johnson runs for two San Francisco TD's.

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