GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(MILWAUKEE) - A team named "Desire" came off the floor in the second half Sunday at the Stadium and nearly knocked the defending champions for a loop. If the Packers lacked precision on this cold, wintry day, they made up for it in uncontrolled fury as they bounced back from a 21-3 halftime deficit to savagely battle the title-bidding Colts down to the wire. Green Bay lost, 28-24, but in doing so captured the hearts of 25,521 chilled but thrilled fans who were plugging for the 10 point underdogs to keep a date with destiny. Quarterback Bart Starr, a wallflower since the season started, took charge as if he never relinquished his starting role to ailing Lamar McHan. Equipped with a buggy-whip arm and a one-track mind, Starr completed 14 out of 40 passes for 242 yards. The southern gentleman passed to Jim Taylor for the only haymaker through the air. Taylor scored twice more on the ground and Paul Hornung kicked a 23-yard field goal and three perfect conversions. But it wasn't enough. Baltimore countered with Johnny Unitas, who fired three touchdown passes - two strikes to Ray Berry and one to Jim Mutscheller. Lenny Moore, a stop-twist-and-go artist, romped 26 yards for the other TD. Steve Myhra tacked on the extra points. Packer fans were wondering out loud if their heroes would make it even close after Unitas went on a passing binge in the first half, hitting on 13 of 21 targets for 238 yards as the Colts jumped off to a 21-3 lead. "Malarkey," snorted Coach Vince Lombardi. His gang charged back with 14 points in the third period within 1 1/2 minutes and had the Colts reeling. A possible knockout blow was set up when Hornung sprinted 62 yards to the Colt 10, But it never connected. Three plays gained one yard and Hornung missed a tying field goal from the 22. The Colts took over and immediately scored the icing when Unitas and Mutscheller combined on a 24-yard payoff play. Refusing to say "Uncle", the Pros from the North marched 75 yards for their third touchdown and trailed the Colts, 28-24, with 2:12 to play. Hornung tried an onside kick, but Milt Davis recovered on the Colt 41 and the Easterners only had to run out the remaining time to sew it up. The victory was the Colts' fifth in eight games and left them one length behind the 49ers, who lost to the Bears. Green Bay dropped to fourth place with its fifth straight loss. The Packers took the opening kickoff and on the second play of the game were threatening from Colt 33. Starr's 37-yard bullseye to Max McGee turned the trick. But on second down, a Starr pass dribbled off the fingertips of Hornung and into the big paws of Big Daddy Lipscomb on the 18.
GOES TO 18
It was Big Daddy's first interception as a Colt and he celebrated with a 49-yard return, lumbering his bulky 6-6, 288 pound frame to the Packer 18. Green Bay dug in and Unitas failed to direct a first down, picking up five yards in three plays. On fourth down, the Colts tried a fake field goal. Brown took the snap from center and, instead of teeing the ball up for Myhra, faded back to lob a TD strike to Gino Marchetti, who had wandered into the end zone. Em Tunnell batted the ball away at the last split seconds. Starr triggered the Bays right back into Baltimore territory. He hit Boyd Dowler for 25 yards and broke through for 39 himself when his receivers were covered. But when he reached the Colt 17, he couldn't bring 'em home. Taylor tried to sweep left end and picked up one yard. Two passes didn't connect and Hornung tried a 23 yard field goal. It split the uprights and the Packers led, 3-0, with 5:42 of the first quarter played. Baltimore failed to pick up a first down and Green Bay was knocking on the door again after receiving Dave Sherer's punt. Starr hit Dowler for 34 yards and an 11 yard strike to McGee put the Packers on the Colt 35. Hornung made six, but Taylor lost four. Starr's third down pass was short of its mark. Hornung then tried his second field goal, but from the 40 it proved too far a target. The ball sailed wide to the right and short. Again the Colts couldn't uncrank their attack and had to punt. Lew Carpenter returned Sherer's 41 yard boot 30 yards to the Packers 43, shaking off three Colts on the way. On the second play, however, Starr's pass stuck in the fingers of Dick Szymanski, and the Colts were in business on the Green Bay 37.
BAYS FLAT FOOTED
Unitas completed to Moore and Berry for six yards apiece and then handed off to Moore, who caught the Packers flat footed as he raced 26 yards for the touchdown. Myhra converted and the Colts took a lead they never relinquished, 7-3, with three seconds left in the first quarter. Now it was the Packers turn to stumble offensively. When the Bays failed to pick up a first down, the Colts took McGee's 56 yard punt and marched 80 yards in 11 plays for their second touchdown. A third down Unitas pass to Moore gained 32 yards. Ameche's plowing moved the Colts to the Packer 30. Tom Bettis clobbered Unitas for a seven yard loss, but on the next play Unitas pitched to Ameche up the middle and he gained 30 yards to the Packer 7. On second down Unitas fired the touchdown pass to Berry, who wheeled to the left corner past Packer defender Jesse Whittenton. Myhra booted the PAT and the Colts now were ahead, 14-3, with 7:12 of the second period gone.
FALLS OVER MATE
The Colts were seriously threatening moments later after Unitas hit Mike Sommer on a flat pass and the Redskin fugitive raced 56 yards to the Packer 29. He might have gone the distance if he didn't cut back and fall over teammate George Preas. The fine gain went for naught when Mutscheller fumbled after taking Unitas' pass on the Packer 13. Johnny Symank belted the Colt receiver and Bettis picked up the loose ball on the 13. But the Packers couldn't get out of the hole and had to punt. McGee's 40-yarder rolled out of bounds on the Colt 31. In five plays the Hosses counted again when Berry made a sensational leaping catch in the far left corner. Myhra again kicked the PAT and the Colts had the situation well in hand, 21-3, with 1:19 of the first half to play. The Packers were a different team when the third period started. Baltimore went nowhere and Green Bay was on the march once it got the ball. It took Starr only nine plays to come up with his first touchdown. He moved goalward, hitting Dowler for 20 and 14 yards and running Taylor for 14, seven and 18. Reaching the Colt two, Starr handed off to Taylor, who cracked over left tackle for the TD. Hornung converted at 6:12 and the deficit was cut to 21-10. Less than 1 1/2 minutes later, the Packers scored their second touchdown. Ameche fumbled a handoff and Henry Jordan recovered on the Colt 34. An interference penalty on Chuck Sample gave the Bays a first down on the Colt 20.
On the next play Starr tried to spot an end, notice Taylor all alone up the middle and hit the LSU strong boy on the 15 and he raced in for the score. The Packers now trailed, 21-17, after Hornung's conversion. The Packers forced the Colts to punt again and when Bill Butler fair-caught Sherer's punt on the 27, the play of the game was up 'n' coming. Hornung sliced off tackle, saw daylight as he cut back and raced 62 yards before Andy Nelson caught him on the Colt 10. Oh, how Green Bay needed this touchdown, but it wasn't going to be. Taylor picked up one. Starr's pass was dropped by defender Davis in the end zone and Marchetti nailed the Packer passer for a six yard loss to the 15. On fourth down, Hornung tried a 22-yard field goal. It drifted wide to the right. The fine defensive effort by the defending champs spurred their offense to the touchdown which put the game on ice. In nine plays, Unitas engineered an 80 yard drive. The payoff was a 24 yard Unitas strike to Mutscheller up the middle. Jordan had red-dogged on the play but missed Unitas. Myhra converted and the Colts led, 28-17, with 1:21 of the fourth period. Starr suffered a head injury moving the Bays into Colt land again, and on a third down play, he failed to see his end and the ball landed right in Don Shinnick's mitts. Neither team threatened until late in the quarter when the Stadium lights went on. From the 25, the Packers moved in for their third touchdown in 12 plays. A 10-yard pass to Dowler plus a 15-yard foul penalty on the Colts put the Bays on the 50, Six plays later they were on the six. On fourth down Taylor would not be denied from the three. Hornung converted at 12:48 and the Packers trailed, 28-24. Hornung's onside kick failed to materialize as he wished and Davis recovered on the Colt 41. It was only a matter of playing out the clock and the Colts are masters at that.
BALTIMORE - 7 14 0 7 - 28
GREEN BAY - 3 0 14 7 - 24
1st - GB - Hornung, 23-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
1st - BALT - Lenny Moore, 26-yard run (Steve Myrha kick) BALTIMORE 7-3
2nd - BAL - Raymond Berry, 7-yd pass fr Johnny Unitas (Myrha kick) BALTIMORE 14-3
2nd - BALT - Berry, 10-yard pass from Unitas (Myrha kick) BALTIMORE 21-3
3rd - GB - Taylor, 2-yard run (Hornung kick) BALTIMORE 21-10
3rd - GB - Taylor, 20-yard pass from Starr (Hornung kick) BALTIMORE 21-17
4th - BALT - Jim Mutscheller, 24-yard pass from Unitas (Myrha kick) BALTIMORE 28-17
4th - GB - Taylor, 3-yard run (Hornung kick) BALTIMORE 28-24