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  • The 1953 NFL season was the 34th regular season of the National Football League. The names of the American and National conferences were changed to the Eastern and Western conferences. Meanwhile, a Baltimore, Maryland group headed by Carroll Rosenbloom was granted an NFL team, and was awarded the holdings of the defunct Dallas Texans organization. The new team was named the Colts after the previous team that folded after the 1950 NFL season. The 12 teams that made up the NFL this season would continue to do so for the rest of the 1950s, these teams becoming known as "old-line" teams as they predated the 1960 launch of the American Football League. The season ended when the Detroit Lions defeated the Cleveland Browns in the NFL Championship Game for the second year in a row.