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Lions Top Steelers in NFL Playoff Bowl

Jan. 6, 1963 - The passing of Milt Plum (pictured #16) and Ken Webb’s running swept the Detroit Lions to their third straight NFL Playoff Bowl victory today. The Western Conference runners-up beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, who finished second in the Eastern Conference, 17-10. Plum, voted most valuable in the game, set up the deciding touchdown with a pass to Dan Lewis that gained 74 yards to the Steeler 5-yard line. Webb plunged over on the second attempt as the crowd of 36,284 in Miami cheered. It was a head-knocking game in 72-degree temperature with Detroit’s Wayne Walker and Pittsburgh’s John Henry Johnson trading punches at one point and three players being knocked groggy on two successive plays. Webb once had to be helped from the field after being crunched by Big Daddy Lipscomb, and Detroit’s Pat Studstill and Pittsburgh’s Willie Daniel were flattened when they collided head-on going up for a pass.


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