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New York Giants Clinch NFL Eastern Conference with Victory over Bears

Dec. 3, 1962 - Four times yesterday Don Chandler (pictured) swung his right leg and four times the ball sailed through the uprights — a total distance of 126 yards — for field goals that brought the New York Giants the Eastern Conference title of the NFL. The last 3-pointer counted the most. It gave the Giants the points that beat the big bad Chicago Bears, 26-24, in one of the roughest games of the season. It was New York’s seventh straight triumph, matching the previous Giant record that has held since 1938. The Giants will meet the Western Conference titleholders at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 30. New York quarterback Y.A. Tittle completed 12 of 29 passes for 192 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tittle was ready for a fallout shelter, however, as he was forced to flee like Goldilocks from the three Bears — Bill George, Joe Fortunato, and Larry Morris. Frequently, the Bears caught Tittle and unceremoniously dumped him on his 36-year-old back.


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