Versatile Gifford led the Giants
Dec. 30, 1956 - With Frank Gifford catching four passes for 131 yards and a touchdown, the Giants won their first NFL championship in 18 years by decimating the Chicago Bears, 47-7, on a rainy Yankee Stadium field.
The Giants came out in sneakers and it helped them keep their footing while Chicago players were slipping on the wet turf as the Giants gained a 34-7 halftime lead.
"The Bears were supposed to be the roughest team in football," Gifford said. "As we quickly discovered, however, they had no idea what we were up to. Our offense and defense just kept outsmarting them, doing things they had never seen before and that are done all the time today."
Gifford scored the Giants' last touchdown, catching a 14-yard pass from his roommate, Charlie Conerly, in the fourth quarter.
"As well as our coaches had prepared us, we weren't afraid to improvise on the field," Gifford said.
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