The Detroit Lions had a six year dynasty which fell after their 59 to 14 victory over the Cleveland Browns in the 1957 Championship game. However, in a game at Cleveland in 1958, Tobin Rote completed 17 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns. The passes were:
–four yards to Jim Gibbons
–34 yards to Howard Cassady,
–13 yards to Gene Gedman.
Jim Martin kicked field goals of 43, 37, and 48 yards.
For the Browns, Milt Plum threw a 12 yard touchdown pass to Ray Renfro. This was late in the game against a prevent defense that used time and made the game seem closer than it really was.
Earl Morral, who died last play for the Lions from 1958 to 1964.