1954 NFL season

The 1954 NFL season was the 35th regular season of the National Football League. The season ended when the Cleveland Browns defeated the Detroit Lions in the NFL Championship Game.

1954 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 26 –
December 26, 1954
East ChampionsCleveland Browns
West ChampionsDetroit Lions
Championship Game
ChampionsCleveland Browns


The 1954 NFL Draft was held on January 28, 1954 at Philadelphia's Bellevue-Stratford Hotel. With the first pick, the Cleveland Browns selected quarterback Bobby Garrett from Stanford University.

Major rule changesEdit

  • Whenever it is raining, or whenever the field is wet and slippery, the offensive team can request a new, dry playable ball at any time.

Conference racesEdit

In the Western Division, the 49ers pulled ahead in Week Five (October 24) with a 37–31 win over the Lions, but they lost four of their remaining seven games and finished 7–4–1.

The Lions, on the other hand, won six of their last seven, and finished 9–2–1. In the Eastern race, the Eagles got off to a 4–0 start, until dropping games to Pittsburgh (17–7) and Green Bay (37–14) to fall into a three-way tie with the Giants and Steelers. The Browns, who got off to a 1–2 start, went on an 8-game winning streak, gradually catching up with a Halloween win over New York (24–14).

A 6–0 win over Philadelphia on November 21 gave them the conference lead, and a 16–7 rematch win in New York the next week extended the margin.

The Browns' streak was ended on December 19 with a 14–10 loss to the Lions, but when the teams met in Cleveland again the next week for the Championship, the Browns beat the Lions in a 56–10 rout.

Week Western Eastern
1 3 teams (Det, LA, SF) 1–0–0 3 teams (NYG, Phi, Pit) 1–0–0
2 3 teams (Det, LA, SF) 1–0–1 Tie (Phi, Pit) 2–0–0
3 Tie (Det, SF) 2–0–1 Philadelphia Eagles 3–0–0
4 Tie (Det, SF) 3–0–1 Philadelphia Eagles 4–0–0
5 San Francisco 49ers 4–0–1 3 teams (NYG, PHI, PIT) 4–1–0
6 Tie (Det, SF) 4–1–1 3 teams (NYG, PHI, PIT) 4–2–0
7 Detroit Lions 5–1–0 Tie (NYG, PHI) 5–2–0
8 Detroit Lions 6–1–0 New York Giants 6–2–0
9 Detroit Lions 7–1–0 Cleveland Browns 6–2–0
10 Detroit Lions 8–1–0 Cleveland Browns 7–2–0
11 Detroit Lions 8–1–1 Cleveland Browns 8–2–0
12 Detroit Lions 8–2–1 Cleveland Browns 9–2–0
13 Detroit Lions 9–2–1 Cleveland Browns 9–3–0

Final standingsEdit

NFL Championship GameEdit

Cleveland 56, Detroit 10 at Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio, December 26, 1954

League leadersEdit

Statistic Name Team Yards
Passing Norm Van Brocklin Los Angeles 2637
Rushing Joe Perry San Francisco 1049
Receiving Bob Boyd Los Angeles 1212


Coaching changesEdit


  • NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
  • NFL History 1951–1960 (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
  • Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)