(DETROIT) - The Packers suffered another shattering loss in their traditional Thanksgiving Day game with the Lions, but this time it wasn't the game. The favored Packers, who were blitzed a year ago in the holiday game, were tied by the fired-up Lions, 13-13, in the final 16 seconds. But in the process, the Packers lost their standout middle linebacker, Ray Nitschke, who broke a bone in his right forearm in the fourth period. Nitschke's injury wasn't believed serious after the game, but X-rays taken when the team returned to Green Bay revealed the fracture that sidelined him for the season. The ailing Lion defense, which gave up 28 points to Los Angeles and 34 to Minnesota in its last two games, was keyed up for the Packer 'game and bolstered by the return of Dick Lane and Yale Lary to the defensive backfield even though they were still slightly hampered by injuries. The defense dominated throughout as the clubs played to a 6-6 halftime tie and then traded touchdowns in the final period. Bart Starr tossed a seven-yard pass to Ron Kramer for the TD to put the Packers ahead, 13-6, with 9:07 remaining in the game. Lion quarterback Earl Morrall then directed a slow but steady 78-yard drive that was climaxed when Nick Pietrosante leaped over from the one-foot line on fourth down with 16 seconds left. The Lions' ability to move on key third down plays and a pass interference call on Jesse Whittenton on the goal line were the key factors in the drive.
GREEN BAY -  0  6  0  7 - 13
DETROIT   -  0  6  0  7 - 13
                       GREEN BAY       DETROIT
First downs                   15            16
Rush-yards-TDs           21-31-1       27-88-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 18-35-286-1-0 19-37-214-0-0
Sacked-yards                3-23          3-26
Net pass yards               263           188
Total yards                  294           276
Fumbles-lost                 0-0           1-0
Turnovers                      0             0
Penalties-yards             2-17          8-60
SCORING
2nd - DET - Wayne Walker, 27-yard field goal DETROIT 3-0
2nd - GB - Pitts, 3-yard run (Kick blocked) GREEN BAY 6-3
2nd - DET - Walker, 37-yard field goal TIED 6-6
4th - GB - R.Kramer, 7-yard pass from Starr (J.Kramer kick) GREEN BAY 13-6
4th - DET - Nick Petrosante, 1-yard run (Walker kick) TIED 13-13
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Jim Taylor 12-28, Bart Starr 1-3, Elijah Pitts 8-0
DETROIT - Dan Lewis 7-29, Nick Pietrosante 8-28 1 TD, Tom Watkins 6-17, Earl Morrall 6-14
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Bart Starr 35-18-286 1 TD
DETROIT - Earl Morrall 37-19-214
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Boyd Dowler 9-178, Ron Kramer 4-76 1 TD, Max McGee 3-20, Elijah Pitts 1-8, Jim Taylor 1-4
DETROIT - Terry Barr 5-36, Gail Cogdill 4-83, Nick Pietrosante 4-38, Tom Watkins 3-31, Jim Gibbons 2-23, Dan Lewis 1-3
WEATHER: 40 degrees, relative humidity 77%, wind 8 mph
Green Bay Packers (9-2-1) 13, Detroit Lions (4-7-1) 13 (Tie)
Thursday November 28th 1963 (at Detroit)