(GREEN BAY) - John Roach rallied a sluggish Green Bay offense and passed for three touchdowns as the Packers defeated the upstart Minnesota Vikings 28-7. Roach, making the most of his starting status while Bart Starr recuperates from a broken hand, fired scoring strikes to Marv Fleming, Boyd Dowler and Tom Moore as the Packers posted their eighth straight victory. The triumph set the stage for a showdown between the Packers and the Bears at Chicago for the Western Division lead next Sunday. The Bears defeated the Packers in the season opener. Minnesota scored on an 18-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton to Paul Flatley in the first period and checked the Packers until Hank Gremminger picked off a pass and returned to the Viking 39 in the second quarter. On the ninth play Roach passed to Fleming, subbing for the injured Ron Kramer, for a 12-yard scoring play. With their ground attack stifled by the inspired Minnesota defense, the Packers took to the air at the outset of the second half and moved 83 yards in six plays to go in front to stay. Roach passed to Dowler for 49 yards for the big gainer and then hit his lanky flankerback for 20 yards to cap the drive. Roach passed to Moore on a 45-yard maneuver for another touchdown in the 11th minute of the final quarter before retiring. Zeke Bratkowski, obtained on waivers from Los Angeles two weeks ago, then made his Green Bay debut at quarterback. The Vikings surrendered the ball at their 21 when Tarkenton was dropped trying to pass on fourth down. And five plays later Bratkowski passed 10 yards to Moore in the end zone.
MINNESOTA -  7  0  0  0 -  7
GREEN BAY -  0  7  7 14 - 28
                       MINNESOTA     GREEN BAY
First downs                   13            17
Rush-yards-TDs          29-117-0      36-146-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 17-35-200-1-2 14-22-247-4-0
Sacked-yards                3-25          2-19
Net pass yards               175           228
Total yards                  292           374
Fumbles-lost                 2-0           4-3
Turnovers                      2             3
Penalties-yards              1-8           1-5
1st - MIN - Paul Flatley, 18-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick) MINNESOTA 7-0
2nd - GB - Fleming, 12-yard pass from Roach (J.Kramer kick) TIED 7-7
3rd - GB - Dowler, 20-yard pass from Roach (J.Kramer kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
4th - GB - Moore, 45-yard pass from Roach (J.Kramer kick) GREEN BAY 21-7
4th - GB - Moore, 10-yard pass from Bratkowski (J.Kramer kick) GREEN BAY 28-7
GREEN BAY - Tom Moore 15-82, Jim Taylor 18-37, John Roach 1-22, Earl Gros 1-5, Elijah Pitts 1-0
MINNESOTA - Tommy Mason 15-78, Bill Brown 12-40, Fran Tarkenton 2-(-1)
GREEN BAY - John Roach 20-12-188 3 TD, Tom Moore 1-1-49, Zeke Bratkowski 1-1-10 1 TD
MINNESOTA - Fran Tarkenton 35-17-200 1 TD 2 INT
GREEN BAY - Boyd Dowler 8-134 1 TD, Tom Moore 3-60 2 TD, Max McGee 2-41, Marv Fleming 1-12 1 TD
MINNESOTA - Tommy Mason 10-76, Paul Flatley 2-80 1 TD, Jerry Reichow 2-36, Bill Brown 2-5, Jim Boylan 1-3
WEATHER: 44 degrees, relative humidity 67%, wind 12 mph
Green Bay Packers (8-1) 28, Minnesota Vikings (3-6) 7
Sunday November 10th 1963 (at Green Bay)
Eyeing a possible first down ball placement in this November 10, 1963 photo from Green Bay’s City Stadium are Minnesota quarterback Fran Tarkenton (#10) and Packers head coach Vince Lombardi. We don’t know if it was or was not indeed a first down, but Green Bay came out on top that Sunday afternoon by a score of 28-7. Also interesting to note is that John Roach started at quarterback for the Packers that day, subbing for an injured Bart Starr. 42,327 fans enjoyed the game in 50-degree temperatures on a sunny Wisconsin day. (CREDIT: Packerville USA Blogspot)