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More over, greatest game ever played | READER COMMENTARY

An estimated 30,000 fans mob the Baltimore Colts on Sunday, Dec. 28, 1958 after their return to Friendship Airport from a National Football League championship victory. It was the first overtime in the championship, with the Colts defeating the New York Giants 23-17 at Yankee Stadium.
An estimated 30,000 fans mob the Baltimore Colts on Sunday, Dec. 28, 1958 after their return to Friendship Airport from a National Football League championship victory. It was the first overtime in the championship, with the Colts defeating the New York Giants 23-17 at Yankee Stadium. (Courtesy of the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, Capital Gazette)

Watching the Colts vs. Giants championship game of Dec. 28, 1958, was the highlight of my years of watching football. It has been called “the greatest game ever played.” With Johnny Unitas and Raymond Berry, it was a non-stop effort. It was televised, and in the overtime period, the coaxial cable that was bringing the game to Baltimore stopped working. Reconnected, we did see the end of the very exciting winning game (”Retro Baltimore: ‘The greatest game ever?’ Maybe not ...,” Dec. 10).

It is now time to replace the title of “the greatest game” with the Ravens vs. Cleveland contest held on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 (”What they’re saying: football analysts’ thoughts about Ravens’ 47-42 victory over the Browns on Monday night,” Dec. 15). On the edge of my chair for the lengthy game, which was about 20 minutes longer than most NFL games, it was worth every minute, every second. Lamar Jackson and his cohorts played a game that will not be forgotten by any Ravens’ fan. Sleep did not come easily that night as I replayed in my mind the stunning last two minutes of the game. It was a “must” win, and win we did. This is what great football is all about.

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More of the same, Ravens!

Ruth Fader, Boca Raton, Florida

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