Green Bay Packers (1-0) 41, Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1) 9
Sunday September 19th 1965 (at Pittsburgh)
Pittsburgh Steelers Chuck Hinton (64) in action, slapping Green Bay Packers QB Bart Starr (15 (Photo by James Drake/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)
(PITTSBURGH) - Playing in sweltering heat, the Packers opened a season on the road for the first time since 1948. Bart Starr's passing and alert ball hawking by the defense earned the Green Bay Packers a 41-9 triumph over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Starr, the league's top passer in 1964, threw two touchdown passes. The defense intercepted three passes and recovered one fumble, turning all Steeler miscues into scores. The Steelers, losers of five straight exhibition games and making their bow under new Coach Mike Nixon, held a 9-7 margin at halftime on three field goals by Mike Clark, but fell apart in the second half. Starr caught fire in the second half, hitting Marv Fleming with a 1-yard touchdown toss and Paul Hornung with a 10-yarder. Herb Adderley grabbed two pass interceptions and returned one 29 yards for the Packers first touchdown in the second quarter. Ray Nitschke grabbed the other to set up a 4th quarter score by Elijah Pitts. He scored the final touchdown after a fumble recovery.
GREEN BAY  -  0  7 13 21 - 41
PITTSBURGH -  0  9  0  0 -  9
                       GREEN BAY    PITTSBURGH
First downs                   21            15
Rush-yards-TDs          35-134-2       29-92-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 17-23-226-2-0  8-30-144-0-3
Sacked-yards                 1-6          5-43
Net pass yards               220           101
Total yards                  354           193
Fumbles-lost                 0-0           1-1
Turnovers                      0             4
Penalties-yards             4-48           0-0
SCORING
2nd - PITT - Mike Clark, 21-yard field goal PITTSBURGH 3-0
2nd - PITT - Clark, 34-yard field goal PITTSBURGH 6-0
2nd - GB - Adderley, 34-yard interception (Chandler kick) GREEN BAY 7-6
2nd - PITT - Clark, 32-yard field goal PITTSBURGH 9-7
3rd - GB - Fleming, 31-yard pass from Starr (Chandler kick) GREEN BAY 14-9
3rd - GB - Chandler, 9-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-9
3rd - GB - Chandler, 19-yard field goal GREEN BAY 20-9
4th - GB - Hornung, 10-yard pass from Starr (Chandler kick) GREEN BAY 27-9
4th - GB - Pitts, 2-yard run (Chandler kick) GREEN BAY 34-9
4th - GB - Pitts, 2-yard run (Chandler kick) GREEN BAY 41-9
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Paul Hornung 11-50, Jim Taylor 10-42, Tom Moore 4-19, Junior Coffey 2-15, Allen Jacobs 3-5, Elijah Pitts 5-3 2 TD
PITTSBURGH - Dick Hoak 8-25, Cannonball Butler 7-24, Mike Lind 6-19, John Henry Johnson 3-11, Theron Sapp 2-8, Bill Nelsen 3-5
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Bart Starr 23-17-226 2 TD
PITTSBURGH - Bill Nelsen 26-7-122 3 INT, Tommy Wade 4-1-22
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Boyd Dowler 6-104, Marv Fleming 4-61 1 TD, Carroll Dale 4-52, Paul Hornung 1-10 1 TD, Elijah Pitts 1-5, Jim Taylor 1-(-6)
PITTSBURGH - Red Mack 2-34, Gary Ballman 1-32, Roy Jefferson 1-22, Paul Martha 1-18, Lee Folkins 1-15, Dick Hoak 1-12, Cannonball Butler 1-11