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NFL: Colts Upset 49ers as Unitas Shines

Dec. 16, 1961 - Johnny Unitas tossed 3 touchdown passes today and led the Colts to a 27-24 upset over the Forty-Niners. The brilliant quarterback also set up a pair of first-half field goals with his aerials. These provided the victory margin. As a result of San Francisco’s loss, Detroit clinched second place in the Western Conference of the NFL. The Lions are assured of a berth in the “Runner-Up Bowl” in Miami Jan. 6.


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