The Colts kick off the preseason tonight against the Packers in a matchup of two of the NFL’s oldest franchises, both of which had reason for optimism as the 1960s dawned.

Entering the 1960 season, the (Baltimore) Colts were the defending NFL champions, having defeated the Giants the previous December. This league fact book for the media contained stats and notes from that 1959 campaign, including the one below which details that Green Bay’s Paul Hornung and New York’s Pat Summerall were the top two scoring leaders.

The 1960 NFL season would prove to be an historic one for many reasons. It was Pete Rozelle’s first as commissioner. The expansion Dallas Cowboys made their debut, posting an 0-11-1 record. The Eagles defeated Green Bay in the championship game — Philadelphia’s last title and Vince Lombardi’s lone postseason loss as Packers coach. And in several cities around the country, a new league called the American Football League kicked off.

 

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