(SAN FRANCISCO) - The Green Bay Packers kept their championship hopes alive with a long-bomb attack that edged the San Francisco Forty Niners, 21-17. Green Bay defeated the Niners in a Saturday afternoon game at Kezar Stadium, but could not catch the Bears as they won over Detroit the following afternoon at Soldier Field. Fought to a standstill on the ground by an aroused Forty Niner defense, the Packers took to the air for the victory. Bart Starr found Boyd Dowler behind the San Francisco secondary with passes that were good for 53 and 50 yard touchdowns. That spelled the difference. The Packers had marched 78 yards to a score the first time they got the ball with Tom Moore piling over from the one. But the Forty Niners came back with an 80-yard ground drive of their own featuring J. D. Smith and the veteran Joe Perry. The score came when Smith piled over from the two. On the ensuing kickoff, Green Bay fumbled and San Francisco recovered on the Packer 23. When this Niner attack stalled on the 15 for some unaccountable reason, the Forty Niners decided to try for a touchdown on fourth down instead of going for a field goal that would have given them a 10-7 lead. Two minutes after the Packers got the ball, Starr faked and then hit Dowler with his first touchdown bomb. San Francisco came right back to knot the count at 14-14 when Smith broke over tackle and went 52 yards to score. Starr's next bomb to Dower came in the third quarter and put the Packers ahead to stay. Tommy Davis, who tied the league record of 156 consecutive converions with his points after on the second San Francisco touchdown, kicked a 44-yard field goal in the last quarter. Jim Taylor gained 59 yards for Green Bay to bring his total for the season to 1,010 yards — the fourth consecutive year in which he has gained 1,000 or more.
GREEN BAY     -  7  7  7  0 - 21
SAN FRANCISCO -  0 14  0  3 - 17
                       GREEN BAY SAN FRANCISCO
First downs                   22            14
Rush-yards-TDs          35-105-1      36-181-2
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 18-28-337-2-0  11-24-90-0-0
Sacked-yards                1-13           0-0
Net pass yards               324            90
Total yards                  429           271
Fumbles-lost                 2-1           1-0
Turnovers                      1             0
Penalties-yards              0-0           1-5
SCORING
1st - GB - Moore, 1-yard run (J.Kramer kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - SF- J.D.Smith, 2-yard run (Tommy Davis kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Dowler, 53-yard pass from Starr (J.Kramer kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
2nd - SF - Smith, 52-yard run (Davis kick) TIED 14-14
3rd - GB - Dowler, 50-yard pass from Starr (J.Kramer kick) GREEN BAY 21-14
4th - SF - Davis, 44-yard field goal GREEN BAY 21-17
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Jim Taylor 23-59, Tom Moore 10-45 1 TD, Elijah Pitts 1-3, Bart Starr 1-(-2)
SAN FRANCISCO - J.D. Smith 19-126 2 TD, Joe Perry 10-47, Don Lisbon 5-4, Lamar McHan 1-3, Bob Waters 1-1
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Bart Starr 27-17-306 2 TD, Tom Moore 1-1-31
SAN FRANCISCO - Lamar McHan 12-4-29, Bob Waters, 11-7-61, Joe Perry 1-0-0
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Boyd Dowler 8-188 2 TD, Max McGee 5-98, Tom Moore 3-37, Jim Taylor 2-14
SAN FRANCISCO - Gary Knafelc 3-31, Kay McFarland 3-30, J.D. Smith 2-21, Bernie Casey 2-8, Monty Stickles 1-0
WEATHER: 42 degrees, relative humidity 82%, wind 7 mph
Green Bay Packers (11-2-1) 21, San Francisco 49ers (2-12) 17
Saturday December 13th 1963 (at San Francisco)