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1954 Detroit Lions Highlights
1954 Cleveland Browns Highlights

The 1954 NFL Title Game, the 1954 Detroit Lions Highlights and the 1954 Cleveland Browns Highlights are available for the first time on a new 1-hour, 36-minute DVD! These original films have now been restored by Rare Sportsfilms and all three are now included on this huge new 1 1/2 hour+ DVD! The Lions highlight film, narrated by Van Patrick and Jim Leaming and presented by Miller Brewing Company, and the Browns highlight film, narrated by Ken Coleman and produced by John Borza, each show the top games (see below) from each team's regular season.

Head coach Buddy Parker's defending World Champion Lions clinched the West with two weeks still to go in the season, but the Browns got off to a rough start in 1954 and lost two of their first three games. After that, however they only lost one more game - that to the Western Champion Lions in a driving snowstorm at Cleveland in the last game of the regular season. All this is covered in the two team highlight films presented on this DVD.

Winners over the Browns in the last two Championship Games (1952 and 1953), the Lions are looking to set an NFL record for being the first NFL team to ever win three straight World Championships! The Browns are now in their league championship game for the 9th straight year, counting their wins in the old All-America Conference (this feat will never again be duplicated). Quarterback Otto Graham had said this would be his last pro game. The Browns are slight 2-point underdogs in Cleveland, and the Lions score first on Doak Walker's first quarter FG. After that, however, the Browns can do nothing wrong and cruise to an overwhelming 56-10 victory! Touchdown passes from Graham to Ray Renfro and Darrell Brewster have the Browns up 14-3 at the end of the first quarter. A 52-yard run by Lew Carpenter sets up Detroit's only touchdown in the second quarter, but by halftime the Browns have scored three more touchdowns to run the score to 35-10 (Graham scores two himself and passes to Renfro for another). Cleveland holds the Lions scoreless the rest of the game, while continuing to pile on the points. Graham and Fred Morrison score in the third quarter and rookie Chet Hanulak adds a final TD in the fourth quarter ... What a finish to a fabulous career for Graham! The Cleveland crowd gives Otto a well-deserved standing ovation when he is replaced by backup QB George Ratterman at the end of the game!

On this new DVD, Browns fans will enjoy seeing all the players from the fabulous 1954 team and Lions fans will also see their heroes from 1954. Throughout, you'll see Lions Bobby Layne, Tom Dublinsky, Doak Walker, Joe Schmidt, Dorn Dibble, "Hunchy" Hoernschemeyer, Harley Sewell, Dave Middleton, Bill Stits, Sonny Gandee, Jim Martin, Jug Girard, Carl Karilivacz, Bill Bowman, Lew Carpenter, Lou Creekmur, Jim David, Jim Doran, Leon Hart, Jack Christiansen, Gil Mains, Thurman McGraw, Les Bingham, Lavern Torgeson and others! Browns players shown in action include Graham, Dante Lavelli, Horace Gillom, Darrell Brewster, Dub Jones, Don Paul, Frank Gatski, Lou Groza, Maurice Bassett, Curley Morrison, Mike McCormack, Herschel Forester, Harold Bradley, Don Colo, Len Ford, Chuck Noll, Abe Gibron, Tony Adamle, Walt Michaels, Warren Lahr, Tom James, Carlton Massey, Kenny Konz, Tom Catlin, Bob Gain, Billy Reynolds, John Kissell, John Sandusky and more!

Won 9, Lost 2, Tied 1
Sun. Sept. 26 - Lions 48, Bears 23 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit
Sun. Oct. 10 - Lions 21, Rams 3 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit
Sun. Oct. 24 - 49’ers 37, Lions 31 at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco
Sun. Oct. 31 - Lions 27, Rams 24 at The Coliseum, Los Angeles
Sun. Nov. 14 - Lions 48, 49’ers 7, at Briggs Stadium, Detroit
Thurs. Nov. 25 - Lions 28, Packers 24 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit (Thanksgiving Day Game)
Sun. Dec. 19 - Lions 14, Browns 10 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland
Won 9, Lost 3
Sun. Sept. 26 - Eagles 28, Browns 10 at Franklin Field, Philadelphia
Sun. Oct. 17 - Steelers 55, Browns 27 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
Sun. Nov. 14 - Browns 39, Bears 10 at Wrigley Field, Chicago
Sun. Nov. 21 - Browns 6 Eagles 0 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland
Sun. Dec. 19 - Lions 14, Browns 10 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland
Sun. Dec. 26 - Browns 56, Lions 10 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland

To order all three films now together on this 1-Hour, 36-minute DVD, send $29.95 plus $4.00 S & H (Illinois residents must add $2.00 Sales Tax) to:

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