|Duration||September 15 -|
December 30, 1962
|East Champions||New York Giants|
|West Champions||Green Bay Packers|
|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.
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 was not 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|
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
|New York Giants||12||2||0||.857||398||283|
|St. Louis Cardinals||4||9||1||.308||287||361|
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 Player||Jim Taylor, Fullback, Green Bay|
|Coach of the Year||Allie Sherman, New York Giants|