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Unitas' TD pass streak ends in Los Angeles
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Dec. 11, 1960

For four years, starting late in his rookie season, Johnny Unitas threw a touchdown pass in every NFL regular-season game he played. The streak is at 47 games when his Baltimore Colts play in the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The ferocious charge put on by the Rams' Lou Michaels, Lamar Lundy and Les Richter has Unitas spending much of the afternoon looking at the L.A. sky. Also starring for the Rams is Ollie Matson, shifted to the defensive backfield after losing his starting fullback job.

The result is that Unitas' remarkable streak ends on the same field where it began on Dec. 9, 1956. "Records are made to be broken," Unitas says after the Colts' 10-3 loss.

Johnny U. does receive a consolation prize. By passing for 182 yards (on 17 completions in 38 attempts), he increases his season total to an NFL record 2,939, one more yard than Washington's Sammy Baugh passed for in 1947.

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