Chicago Bears head coach George Halas and linebacker Bill George celebrate the last second of the game as their team defeated the Green Bay Packers, 10-3, at City Stadium in Green Bay, Wisc., Sept. 15, 1963.
Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi looks out onto the field during a 10-3 loss to the Chicago Bears in the season opener at new City Stadium on Sept. 15, 1963. Press-Gazette archives
(GREEN BAY) - "They beat us." Jim Ringo said it, the first time such a phrase had been uttered in a Green Bay Packer home dressing room in three years. "We had nothing going," said Coach Vince Lombardi. "We couldn't even get our hands on the ball. We were lucky to get away 10-3." That was the score by which the Chicago Bears upended the mighty Packers in the surprise of the day as the National Football League got off to its 44th season. The powerful Packers, gunning for a third straight league title and beaten only once last season, never got untracked against the Bears' crushing defense. The Bears picked off four Bart Starr passes, limited the Packer quarterback to 11 completions in 22 attempts for 73 yards and held the vaunted Packer ground game to 77 yards, 53 in 12 attempts by Jim Taylor. Tom Moore had 24 in nine. The Bears' Bob Jencks kicked a 32-yard field goal and Jerry Kramer matched it from 41, both in the first quarter. The Bears broke the tie in the third period with Billy Wade directing a 68-yard march and passing them into position on the one. Joe Marconi rammed over from there. 
CHICAGO   -  3  0  7  0 - 10
GREEN BAY -  3  0  0  0 -  3
                         CHICAGO     GREEN BAY
First downs                   15             9
Rush-yards-TDs          35-107-1       21-77-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 18-24-129-0-1  11-22-83-0-4
Sacked-yards                 1-5          1-10
Net pass yards               124            73
Total yards                  231           150
Fumbles-lost                 1-1           1-1
Turnovers                      2             5
Penalties-yards             5-50          6-58
SCORING
1st - CHI - Bob Jencks, 32-yard field goal CHICAGO 3-0
1st - GB - J.Kramer, 41-yard field goal TIED 3-3
3rd - GB - Joe Marconi, 1-yard run (Jencks kick) GREEN BAY 10-3
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Jim Taylor 12-53, Tom Moore 9-24
CHICAGO - Rick Casares 5-27, Billy Wade 8-26, Ronnie Bull 12-23, Joe Marconi 9-23 1 TD, Willie Galimore 1-8
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Bart Starr 22-11-83 4 INT
CHICAGO - Billy Wade 24-18-129 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Tom Moore 4-32, Ron Kramer 3-35, Jim Taylor 2-1, Max McGee 1-10, Boyd Dowler 1-5
CHICAGO - Ronnie Bull 6-48, Joe Marconi 4-27, Rick Casares 4-11, Bo Farrington 1-15, Johnny Morris 1-15, Mike Ditka 1-12, Willie Galimore 1-1
WEATHER: 54 degrees, relative humidity 76%, wind 7 mph
Chicago Bears (1-0) 10, Green Bay Packers (0-1) 3
Sunday September 15th 1963 (at Green Bay)