Green Bay Packers (9-3) 24, Minnesota Vikings (5-7) 19
Sunday December 5th 1965 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - Veteran Bill Anderson made a brilliant catch of a Zeke Bratkowski pass and danced down the sidelines for the decisive touchdown Sunday as the Green Bay Packers kept their title hope alive with a 24-19 victory over the slumping Minnesota Vikings. Anderson was traded to the Packers by the Washington Redskins for a future draft pick before the season started. A former Tennessee star, he had retired from football last year, but decided to make a comeback attempt. The Packers' victory kept them on the heels of the Baltimore Colts in the Western Conference race. The Colts, who lost to Chicago, had the Packers by one-half game. Anderson, hit as he grabbed the pass on about the Minnesota 20, fought free from a defender. Then treading near the sidelines he broke for the end zone. The play covered 27 yards and pulled the Packers back from a 19-14 deficit created by Fred Cox's fourth field goal of the game. Don Chandler added a 25-yard field goal to give the Packers some breathing room. The field goal, which was partially blocked and actually brushed the crossbar, was crucial. The Vikings drove back to within field goal range with time running out but had to go for the touchdown.
MINNESOTA -  7  9  3  0 - 19
GREEN BAY -  7  7  7  3 - 24
                       MINNESOTA      GREEN BAY
First downs                   21             16
Rush-yards-TDs          45-251-1       28-113-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 11-30-106-0-0   9-22-181-2-3
Sacked-yards                3-21           3-28
Net pass yards                85            153
Total yards                  336            266
Fumbles-lost                 2-2            1-1
Turnovers                      2              4
Penalties-yards             8-97           2-18
SCORING
1st - GB - Dowler, 27-pass from Starr (Chandler kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - MINN - Tommy Mason, 1-yard run (Fred Cox kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - MINN - Cox, 25-yard field goal MINNESOTA 10-7
2nd - MINN - Cox, 36-yard field goal MINNESOTA 13-7
2nd - MINN - Cox, 53-yard field goal MINNESOTA 16-7
2nd - GB - Pitts, 3-yard run (Chandler kick) MINNESOTA 16-14
3rd - MINN - Cox, 23-yard field goal MINNESOTA 19-14
3rd - GB - Anderson,. 27-yard pass from Bratkowski (Chandler kick) GREEN BAY 21-19
4th - GB - Chandler, 25-yard field goal GREEN BAY 24-19
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Jim Taylor 17-89, Elijah Pitts 6-24 1 TD, Tom Moore 4-1, Zeke Bratkowski 1-(-1)
MINNESOTA - Tommy Mason 21-101 1 TD, Bill Brown 13-85, Fran Tarkenton 6-29, Billy Ray Barnes 4-29, Dave Osborn 1-7
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Bart Starr 2-2-40 1 TD, Zeke Bratkowski 19-6-90 1 TD 3 INT, Elijah Pitts 1-1-51
MINNESOTA - Fran Tarkenton 30-11-106
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Boyd Dowler 3-51 1 TD, Carroll Dale 2-77, Bill Anderson 1-27 1 TD, Bob Long 1-17, Jim Taylor 1-6, Elijah Pitts 1-3
MINNESOTA - Tommy Mason 4-32, Bill Brown 3-38, Tom Hall 1-15, Gordie Smith 1-14, Paul Flatley 1-5, Billy Ray Barnes 1-2